Dinner Ideas for Kids & Adults: Delicious Meals for All Ages

The following might sound familiar: You promise to start whipping up nutritious, homemade dinner ideas for the kids and adults in your household. However, the workload quickly becomes overwhelming.      

You probably rely on specialized experts to help with other essential areas of life. Why hesitate to call on mealtime pros?    

Fitlife Foods offers healthy, delicious, convenient prepared food options that take the work out of meal prep so you can get dinner on the table and focus on the important things in life. Here are some family-friendly, practical tips for taking the worry out of dinnertime with lots of meal solutions so you can decide what works for you and your family. (Even your picky eaters!)

Creating a Food-Positive, Warm Atmosphere 

Before settling on a meal plan, ensure pleasant dinners by creating an enjoyable environment. Studies prove that food tastes better when you eat with people you love. Work out a time to dine together, even if you can only do it a few times a week. Make it a rule to put away your devices to be truly present during the meal so you can genuinely connect with one another. And know that because you’re already putting a nutritious and delicious dinner on the table, nobody needs to be hounded about what they are eating and why (other than to point out how delicious it is).    

The surroundings help, too. Consider setting the table with decorative themes to fit different meals and using real flatware and decorative plates to make the meal feel important. Let the kids pick their favorite utensils or placemats to improve their mood.    

Even with tiny ones in the house, the family can still enjoy more sophisticated fare. For heartier meals, cut or mash those dishes to include smaller kids and enrich their palates. 

How To Get the Kids Involved 

Other dinner ideas for kids and adults involve letting everyone have a share in the preparation. Your children will take pride in helping and enjoy meals more.    

This is where a delivery service saves so much time and anxiety. Instead of worrying about monitoring the children while cooking, the family can set the table together.    

You can also allow the kids to do some simple plating, microwaving, and maybe a bit of stirring, seasoning, or drizzling. Create assignments that fit each age group.      

Kids love to be involved and take an active role – let them have ownership over age-appropriate dinner activities. They’ll love it! 

How To Pick the Right Ingredients 

You can face an uphill battle picking dinner ideas for your kids and adults when you have many mouths with individual preferences. Crowd-pleasing staples for diverse tastes include chicken, pasta, pizza, and rice. These ingredients are versatile and don’t have to include bold flavors.    

Of course, veggies are a must, but kids (and many adults) can be notoriously finicky with anything green. Cheese or dressing often helps picky eaters. Also, grilled or roasted options popular in Mediterranean dishes can bring out the flavors in veggies. 

Meals Kids and Adults Will Love  

Fitlife Foods understands that mealtimes can be stressful – but they don’t have to be! We’ve got over a dozen excellent possibilities for tasty dinner ideas that both kids and adults will love eating. Check it out! 

Classic Faves 

Try some of our tried-and-true takes on classic menu items that are sure to bring your family to the table. Try some of our tried-and-true takes on classic menu items that are sure to bring your family to the table. 

BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza 

Is pizza healthy? You bet it is when we make it! Protein-rich chicken and cheese blend well with delicious sauces. The fresh ingredients lack the sodium and sugar that can make many pizzas a poor choice. 

Macaroni and Cheese 

It’s hard to go wrong with mac and cheese as a standby for parents, and with us, it doesn’t come out of a box! We have multiple healthy options that you can feel good about:

- Baked Mac and Cheese 

- BBQ Beef with Mac and Cheese 

- Jerk Chicken with Mac and Cheese   

Three size options also mean you’ll find the right portion for everyone in your family. 

Chicken-Based Meals 

Chicken is usually something everyone can agree on – but you don’t want your chicken dinners getting boring, tasting dry, or being served as weekly chicken fingers. We have recipes that will definitely feel exciting but also satisfy many palates. 

Parmesan Crusted Chicken  

Skip the bland fast-food chicken fingers. This meal has roasted all-natural chicken breast in Japanese Panko breadcrumbs. 

Chicken Pesto Tortellini 

This chicken pesto tortellini has fewer than 30 grams of carbs and a ton of flavor. Natural ingredients mean you can enjoy pasta with none of the guilt. 

Buffalo Chicken Melt 

Our reinvention of a buffalo chicken melt comes packed with flavor – and of course, one of the star ingredients is cheese. Roasted chicken comes with cauliflower rice pilaf, roasted corn, and fajita veggies for a nutrient-dense meal. 

Pork Barbecue Delights 

BBQed anything always sounds like a good idea. For more choices in barbecue, these dinner ideas for kids and adults give you robust flavor with the freshest ingredients

Carolina Pulled Pork  

This favorite Southern comfort food uses savory smoked pork shoulder and tangy Carolina mustard sauce. A side of green beans with bacon, herbs, and spices complements this entree perfectly. 

Pulled Pork Carnitas 

Add some excitement with the Yucatan-inspired flavors of slow-cooked smoked pork with homemade roasted pineapple salsa. Fire-roasted veggies might have the kiddies finally craving their greens. 

Latin Dishes 

Fitlife Foods has cultural options as well – and the home-cooked, family atmosphere of the Latin culture makes food all the more special and yummy! Give these Latin dishes a shot.  

Chicken Quesadilla  

Quesadillas check all the right boxes: chicken, cheese, and a convenient tortilla. Roasted onions, sautéed peppers, and low-sodium pinto beans with roasted salsa rioja make this a savory treat. 

Chicken Enchilada Bake 

After one taste of this pulled rotisserie chicken with smashed pinto beans, everyone will ask when they can have it again. Saffron-infused yellow rice adds to the delicious appeal. 

Popular Meats 

Carnivores rejoice! Fitlife Foods provides many healthy meat-focused dinner ideas to get that protein in for growing kids and refuel adults after a long day at work.   

Mama’s Turkey Meatloaf  

There’s nothing as comforting as a hot traditional meatloaf, cooked like grandma used to make but with a healthy spin. This turkey version has cauliflower mash and green beans for delicious sides. 

Grass-Fed Bison Burger 

Lean bison burger patties eliminate the fat but ultimately boost the flavor. A side of sweet potato fries will delight everyone. 

Sloppy Joes 

Our sloppy joe is from lean ground beef in fresh tomato sauce and honey for a nutritious variation. The sight of sweet potato tots will get enthusiastic smiles. 

Breakfast for Dinner 

Switch things up and thrill the family with breakfast-for-dinner ideas for kids and adults! Fresh, all-natural ingredients ensure you don’t have trans fats and unnecessary sugars. 

Sweet Potato Pancakes  

Your family might not believe these are potato pancakes when they see how fluffy and tasty they are. Savory chicken bacon completes the meal. 

Churro French Toast  

Dig into cinnamon-and-orange-laced French toast. Top it with dulce de leche, then enjoy a side of crispy chicken bacon. 

Andrew’s Scramble 

Get all your breakfast favorites in one dish with this scramble. Eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, and cheddar cheese will satisfy the whole gang! 

Healthy Dessert Ideas 

“Mo-om, what’s for dessert?”    

End your evening with healthy desserts from the Fitlife Foods kitchens without feeling deprived. Check out our delicious sweets, including:  

- Pumpkin Cheesecake  

- Peanut butter cookies

- Chocolate chip cookies

- Cookie dough balls

These treats are sure to conclude the night on a high note! (Watch out – you might become everyone’s favorite and be hosting other kids more often!) 

Fitlife Foods: Your Source for the Best Dinner Ideas for Kids and Adults 

Fitlife Foods is proud to offer many options for tasty and healthy dinner ideas for kids and adults, and we are constantly in our test kitchen trying out new recipes that will delight the whole family.     

If you’re short on the time you need for shopping and meal prep, let the team at Fitlife Foods help. Check out our easily prepared meals and home-delivered meal kits that make guilt-free dinnertime a breeze!