Fall may be dwindling, but that doesn’t mean your family meals are any less important. Tis the season for warm roasts, tasty treats, pumpkin-spiced everything, and time spent with family. What better way to enjoy great food and family bonding than that perfect family meal? Let fall go out with a bang with these great family friendly foods to enjoy together.
If you’re looking for a filling and tasty family meal, roasted chicken is a great option. You can season it with whatever herbs you want, preparation is minimal, and you can easily adjust to one or two chickens depending on how many mouths you’re feeding. This simple dish also allows leeway for multiple side-dishes—and it could even be an option for Thanksgiving dinner.
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Mac and cheese really can be a true comfort on a gloomy day. And with healthy updates you can take advantage of extra-sharp cheddar balanced with creamy low-fat cheese and a layer of spinach tucked in the middle (which makes it easier for picky eaters to down their vegetables). Add some whole wheat pasta and you have extra fiber and a more robust flavor.
Cincinnati likes its chili, and this fall you can take that same warm tradition into your own home. Embrace this unique spin by serving your chili over spaghetti. Add some beans for fiber and nutrients, and serve it with sliced cucumber and red onion with lemon juice and olive oil.
Healthy Pepperoni Pizza
Pizza normally isn’t the healthiest food option. But whole-wheat pizza can be a healthy and tasty option for the whole family. Add some fall pizazz by topping the pizza with a sauce that has a little extra beta carotene and fiber with the addition of pumpkin puree. You can even switch out the traditional pepperoni slices with low-fat turkey pepperoni or your favorite sliced vegetables.
Dill Chicken Noodle Soup
You can’t go wrong with the classic chicken noodle soup dish. Take everyone’s favorite childhood meal and spice it up with dill for that extra flavor. Simply stir in dill and lemon juice to your own soup recipe. Your kids are sure to like this tasty variation.
Popular with both children and adults, turkey fingers with maple-mustard sauce are a crispy, low-fat version of a fall favorite treat. For a fruity alternative you can even substitute apricot jam for the maple syrup in the sauce.
For some other great family-friendly food options, check out our ‘Healthy Eats, Happy Kids’ board on Pinterest!