17 Healthy (and Filling) Dinner Ideas for Your Bottomless Pit Teenager

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Having teens in the house is like living with a pack of rabid raccoons (or so we imagine): They’re hungry all. The. Time. It’s tough enough keeping them fed, but (damn this parenting thing) you also have to worry about making sure they ingest a vegetable or two from time to time. Here are 17 dinners that are healthy, hearty and picky-teen approved.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell


Slow-Cooker Chicken Potpie Soup

Your secret weapons: store-bought biscuit dough and a Crock-Pot.

The Recipe Critic


Skillet Blackened Shrimp Fajitas

Bonus: They’re done in 20 minutes. It’s a weeknight miracle.

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Skillet Gnocchi with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Gone in 15 minutes or less.

Smitten Kitchen


Chicken Chili

Throw everything in the Crock-Pot (including dried beans) for a hearty, belly-warming meal.

Love and Olive Oil


Beef Taco Salad

The homemade tortilla bowl is everything.

Pinch of Yum


BBQ Chicken Sweet Potato Pizza

Make pizza night a little healthier with this genius gluten-free crust.

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Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

Eat it with salad, chips, fries or all three.

Dessert Now, Dinner Later


One-Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies

All hail the glorious sheet-pan dinner.

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Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage

Might want to make a double batch of this one.

Gimme Some Oven


Spicy Baked Chicken Parmesan

A panko crust gives these cutlets plenty of crunch—no frying necessary.

What’s Gaby Cooking


Cauliflower Alfredo Pasta

What happens when you replace butter and cheese with steamed cauliflower? Total deliciousness (that’s actually pretty OK for you).

Ambitious Kitchen


The Best Healthy Turkey Lasagna You’ll Ever Eat

PureWow Coterie member Monique Volz isn’t kidding about this one.

Two Peas and Their Pod


Mexican Rice Casserole

Look up “hearty” in the dictionary and you’ll find this dish by PureWow Coterie member Maria Litchy.

Averie Cooks


Easy Chicken Shawarma Salad Bowls

Add some toasted pita and hummus on the side to make it extra filling.

Gimme Some Oven


Everything Chicken

This dinner by Coterie member Ali Ebright is the next best thing to eating a dozen bagels for dinner.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell


15-Minute Cheater’s Pad Thai

Your answer to “can we order takeout for dinner?”

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Polenta and Meatballs

Give your weekly dinner staple a much-needed makeover.