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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

1.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Potpie Soup

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

The Recipe Critic

2.

Skillet Blackened Shrimp Fajitas

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

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

3.

Skillet Gnocchi with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Gone in 15 minutes or less.

Smitten Kitchen

4.

Chicken Chili

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

Love and Olive Oil

5.

Beef Taco Salad

The homemade tortilla bowl is everything.

Pinch of Yum

6.

BBQ Chicken Sweet Potato Pizza

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

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

7.

Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

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

Dessert Now, Dinner Later

8.

One-Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies

All hail the glorious sheet-pan dinner.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

9.

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage

Might want to make a double batch of this one.

Gimme Some Oven

10.

Spicy Baked Chicken Parmesan

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

What’s Gaby Cooking

11.

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

12.

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

13.

Mexican Rice Casserole

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

Averie Cooks

14.

Easy Chicken Shawarma Salad Bowls

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

Gimme Some Oven

15.

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

16.

15-Minute Cheater’s Pad Thai

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

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

17.

Polenta and Meatballs

Give your weekly dinner staple a much-needed makeover.