Being a mom of a growing child athlete can be tough (or so I imagine), especially when it comes to preparing a healthy dinner when you are always on the go. My cousin recently reached out to me about this very topic. She has 2 growing boys that play soccer (and many other sports) and a daughter that dances. She asked, “What dinner suggestions do you have for the mom of athletes??? I’m always on the go and so worried about their food that I forget about myself!” In chatting with her, we determined it would be helpful to have some recipes for dinners that would satisfy the whole family and can be made ahead of time to bring to practice or a game.
Luckily, I know many brilliant recipe developing Dietitians, so I enabled their help to come up with this list of 15 Make Ahead Meals that are hearty and healthy for the entire family. And, feel free to whip these up even if you don’t have kids—I’m definitely going to!
Vegetarian Dishes: These dishes are sans meat but are still packed with protein. Meat eaters can add grilled chicken, fish, or a fried egg to any of these dishes.
Veggie & Quinoa Quesadilla with Lime Slaw by yours truly of Nutrition à la Natalie
Veggie Nuggets by Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD of Real Mom Nutrition
Vegetable Fried Rice by Amy Gorin, MS, RD of Amy Gorin Nutrition
Quinoa Tabbouleh by Katie Cavuto, RD of Nourish. Breath. Thrive.
Egg Muffins by Jessi Haggerty, RD of her self-named blog
Kale Caesear Pasta Salad by Amanda Hernandez, RD of The Nutritionist Reviews
Chicken Dishes: These dishes are great lean protein options that are easy to throw together any night on the week.
Crispy Oven “Fried” Chicken from Janice Newell Bissex, RD and Liz Weiss, RD of Meal Makeover Moms
Chicken, Sausage, Kale and Broccoli Frittata by Katie Cavuto, RD of Nourish. Breath. Thrive.
Honey Raisin Chicken Salad by Rebecca Bitzer, MS, RD of Rebecca Bitzer, MS, RD & Associates
Chicken Tikka Wrap by Dixya BBhattari RD of Food, Pleasure & Health
Red Meat Dishes: These dishes speak for themselves as hearty dinners for growing boys. However, try to keep the red meat consumption to only once a week.
Grano Salad with Bacon, Kale & Tomatoes by Liz Shaw, MS, RD of Shaw’s Simple Swaps
BLT & Avocado Quinoa Salad with Maple Vinaigrette by EA Stewart, MBA, RD of Spicy RD Nutrition
Spicy Meat and Potato Patties by Roxana Begum, PhD, RD, LDN of The Delicious Crescent.
Low Fat Apple Bacon Gouda Macaroni and Cheese by Jamie Vespa, RD of Dishing Out Health
Fish Dish: Fish is a great option with tons of protein and healthy fats, which is great for growing athletes.
Taco Tuna Quinoa Sliders by Kelli Shalal, MPH, RD of Hungry Hobby
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