Realistic Weekday Meals for Busy Families

 If you want to make sure that your family are eating healthily, then you’ll be glad to know that this is easy to do. In fact, if you follow this guide, you’ll soon find that you can get most of these meals done in well under half an hour.

Sheet Pan Fajitas

If you don’t have time to prepare much in the way of your meals, then this is a very good meal. You just need to put peppers, some fajita seasoning, onions and minced steak into a sheet pan and grill it for around 10 minutes. You can swap the steak out for chicken if you want, or you can experiment by using shrimp. The great thing about this recipe is that you can prepare it in advance and then put it in the sheet pan whenever you’re ready to get cooking.

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Parmesan Chicken and Broccoli

Vegetables taste way better when they have a dusting of parmesan cheese. The great thing about this recipe is that it doesn’t take long at all, and you can throw it all in the oven. Just take a chicken fillet, butterfly it and then coat it with a dusting of flour. When you have done this, you then need to put it in an egg wash before coating it in breadcrumbs. You can also add some parmesan to your breadcrumbs if you want. You can bake this on a tray, or if you want, you can shallow fry it. Either way, it’s a full meal done in well under half an hour. Want a fish alternative? Make this delicious baked cod recipe.

Mushroom, Spinach and Artichoke Pasta

Simply put your pasta into a pot of boiling, salted water. When you have done this, add your spinach, mushroom and artichoke. That’s right, it’s a one-pot meal, and the starch from the pasta will help to give the veggies that nice creamy texture. On top of this, the salt from the water also seasons your vegetables nicely. There’s almost no clean-up, and on top of that, you can add a grating of cheese to bring everything together. If you want more flavour, you can fry off your mushrooms and add them at the last minute.

Chicken Ramen

The ramen that you find packaged at the supermarket can easily be turned into a gourmet meal. You can add your favourite vegetables or protein if you want. If you really want to take things to that next level, add a soft-boiled egg. This will only take you 6 minutes, and you would be surprised at how much flavour it will add to the end dish.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Sure, pulled pork can take quite a while to cook, but at the end of the day, you can put it in your slow cooker as you go ahead and run your errands. When dinner time comes along, all you have to do is shred it and add some BBQ sauce. If you want to take things to that next level, then think about adding some apple slaw as well, as this will really bring everything together nicely.