Your Weekly Family Meal Plan: Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners Everyone Will Love (April 22 – 28)

Picky eaters have met their match

family meal plan april 22-28: french toast sticks, blt pasta salad and cauliflower fried rice, side by side
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Cooking dinner can be a chore—particularly when it’s for finnicky kids. Throw breakfast and lunch into the mix and you can be overwhelmed in an instant. Not to fret: We’ve rounded up seven days of breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas that picky eaters (and partners) can get behind. Better yet, many of the ingredients overlap, and you likely have a handful of them already on hand. That means you can save a few bucks at the grocery store and use up what’s in your pantry. Win-win.

31 Toddler Dinner Ideas Your Picky Eater Might Actually Try

Monday Breakfast: Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Made from only seven ingredients, this riff calls on dairy-free chocolate chips and honey for sweetness. Prepare them ahead and grab one on the way out the door to school or work throughout the week. (They’ll keep like a charm in a lunchbox.)

Monday Lunch: Broccoli Pesto Pasta

Psst: This punchy pasta has a secret ingredient that your kids won’t be able to clock. Green olives impart verdant color and brininess to the sauce, but basil, Parmesan cheese and olive oil round out their intensity just right.

Monday Dinner: Soba Noodles with Peanut Sauce

Between the creamy peanut butter, salty soy sauce, zingy rice vinegar, citrusy lime juice and spicy minced ginger, the sauce is impeccably balanced. Snap peas offer plenty of freshness to the noodles, but you can substitute whatever veggies you have on hand.

Tuesday Breakfast: Blueberry-Ginger Smoothie

When you’re really pressed for time, smoothies save the day. They’re nutritious, no-cook and come together in mere minutes with the press of a button. Grate the ginger and freeze the blueberries in advance to save time in the morning.

Tuesday Lunch: Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

It doesn’t get more timeless than this lightning-fast handheld. Grilling the sandwich in butter upgrades it without asking too much of the cook. Serve it with whatever jam, jelly or fruit preserves your kids will actually eat.

Tuesday Dinner: Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders

When in doubt, serve ’em old faithful. Whether you pair the main with fries, steamed veggies or ketchup and honey mustard, your whole family will be happy to nosh on these gently seasoned chicken fingers.

Wednesday Breakfast: Sweet Potato, Bacon and Broccoli Egg Muffins

A make-ahead, low-sugar gem that will keep you full until lunch, each muffin contains 9 grams of protein and only 5 carbs. That means it’s just right for keto dieters and bacon lovers alike. Bake them ahead and reheat on hectic mornings as needed.

Wednesday Lunch: Veggie Sushi

It’s vegan, kid-friendly and so simple to prepare. If you want to skip the rolling altogether, simply serve the vegetables over the seasoned rice and call it a day. As long as there’s soy sauce on the table, your picky eaters won’t mind.

Wednesday Dinner: Cauliflower Fried Rice

You won’t miss the grains in this low-carb twist on a takeout staple. Top your bowl with one or two fried eggs for a protein boost and substitute pre-riced cauliflower to save yourself some prep time.

Thursday Breakfast: French Toast Sticks

Honey-vanilla syrup? Don’t mind if we do. Your kids will love this upgraded version of their cafeteria go-to, which stars a rich, cinnamon-y egg custard. Serve the sticks with fresh berries if you’re feeling virtuous.

Thursday Lunch: Puff Pastry Pizza Bundles

Store-bought puff pastry serves as the base for this nostalgic snack that’s endlessly riffable. Swap Alfredo sauce or pesto in for pizza sauce, substitute sausage for pepperoni and supplement whatever veggies your kids are willing to eat.

Thursday Dinner: Buffalo-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

With celery, carrot and ranch dressing in the mix, these spuds are sure to scratch your itch for hot wings. You could cook your own chicken and shred it for the filling…or save yourself the trouble and use the meat of a store-bought rotisserie bird instead.

Friday Breakfast: Pancake Tacos with Cheese and Bacon

No kid will be disappointed to see these on the menu. Filled to the brim with bacon, eggs and scallions, the pancakes contain both buttermilk and cheddar cheese for maximum decadence. Use frozen pancakes to save time—we won’t tell.

Friday Lunch: Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Stuffed Peppers

Thanks to store-bought rotisserie chicken, you won’t need to cook a thing to prepare this picnic-ready meal. If your kids aren’t into the bell pepper boats, serve the salad on its own or scooped onto potato buns.

Friday Dinner: Cacio e Pepe

This five-ingredient pasta never gets old. (What’s not to like about pecorino Romano cheese, right?) It’ll be ready in 20 minutes flat and it’s essentially picky kid-proof. Might we suggest pairing it with a Caesar salad?

Saturday Breakfast: Bacon-Wrapped Eggs

They’re as simple as they sound, and they cook to shatteringly crisp perfection in a muffin tin for easy cleanup. Serve the eggs with toast, biscuits, home fries, fruit salad, dressed greens or a drizzle of hollandaise.

Saturday Lunch: Oven-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Crispy Chickpeas and Yogurt Sauce

Both components of this dish cook to tender-crisp perfection on a sheet pan, meaning you’ll have minimal dirty dishes to worry about after lunch. As for the lime-kissed yogurt sauce, be warned: You’ll want to drizzle it on just about everything.

Saturday Dinner: Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich

On the table in 15 minutes without a moment of cooking—now that’s our kind of dinner. Canned chickpeas pack the sandwiches with protein and fiber, while pickled peppers and crushed red pepper flakes infuse every bite with the optimal dose of spice.

Sunday Breakfast: Slow Cooker Mediterranean Frittata

Go ahead, hit snooze (again)—the Crockpot can take care of this crowd-pleasing breakfast practically on its own. It’s only eight ingredients away, and it tastes even better eaten alfresco with a mimosa, if we do say so ourselves.

Sunday Lunch: BLT Pasta Salad

It boasts all the must-haves of its namesake sandwich, plus buttery avocado and tender pasta in place of bread. This summer staple is delicious warm and cold, so feel free to prepare it ahead and keep it in the fridge until mealtime.

Sunday Dinner: Swedish Meatballs

IKEA has nothing on this soul-soothing main, which can feed six in 40 minutes flat. You can serve the meatballs and gravy with whatever vegetables you have on deck, but we recommend pairing them with our 15-minute microwave mashed potatoes.

taryn pire

Food Editor

Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...