Inside: Easy + Quick Dinner Ideas for Teens.
We all know how fussy toddlers can be with what they eat, but teenagers can be much the same. They quickly tire of the same old same old and want something new and exciting for dinner. When you are looking for family dinner ideas that will satisfy a teen’s taste preference it can be difficult.
Not only that but, with the amount of hunger the average teenager experiences every day they require food that will keep them full longer.
This is where these dinner ideas for teens will come in handy.
Easy Dinner Ideas for Teens
These easy meals for teens are great to make for large groups of hungry teenagers in a rush.
Baked Meatball Subs: A great recipe for a group of hungry teens, these yummy baked meatball subs are a crowd hit.
Homemade Chicken Nuggets: Do your kids love fast-food chicken nuggets? Here’s an easy recipe that lets you make a healthier version at home with the same great crunch and meaty taste. Chicken chunks are dipped into an egg-and-butter mixture, then coated with seasoned breadcrumbs and baked in the oven until golden brown.
Meatball Bombs: Cheesy meatball “bombs” are basically a meat and sauce-filled snack that can easily replace frozen pizza rolls. Refrigerated biscuit dough is used to form the buns and you can bake the seasoned Italian meatballs from scratch with the recipe included or use pre-cooked frozen meatballs.
Mini Pizza Bites: Forget pizza rolls, bagel bites, or hot pockets, these mini pizza bites are a MILLION times better. Plus you can sneak in a few healthy ingredients that those teens will never taste.
Grilled Cheese in the Oven: Yeah, that’s right, these grilled cheese are bake in the oven. This is the perfect recipe if you have a gang of hungry teenagers that are in a hurry to eat.
Healthy Dinners for Teens
Sloppy Joes: This lighter take on the deliciously messy sandwich swaps out ground beef for turkey and sneaks in some healthy sweet potato. Kale chips make a satisfying, good-for-you side dish.
Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein: Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein has melt in your mouth tender beef with broccoli, carrots, and noodles. The sauce adds such amazing flavor to this incredibly easy meal!
Zucchini Taco Boats: These healthy but EXTREMELY delicious taco boats are a hit with our teens. They make take a little convincing to comp into the zucchini, but I promise they will fall in love with the first bite.
Eggroll in a Bowl: This low-carb easy to make egg roll in a bowl is an easy and delicious recipe to make on busy weeknights! Plus this is the perfect meal to curb that Chinese take-out crave.
Turkey Burgers: These burgers made with ground turkey are extra easy to make. We’re only talking 6 ingredients and about 30 minutes.
Easy Meals for Teens to Make
Steak Nachos: All they need is about 30 minutes, start to finish, for a plate of cheesy melt-in-your-mouth steak nachos.
Microwave Shrimp Primavera: I’m always looking to find recipes my kids can make. First, because I want them to learn to cook so they don’t starve to death when they grow up and move out. Second, because they tend to complain less about what I serve when they have their own time and effort invested in getting dinner on the table.
That’s how we came up with this shrimp primavera recipe that can be made entirely in the microwave. It’s easy and quick to make for really any responsible age.
Chicken Artichoke Panini: Not only does this chicken panini sandwich taste amazing but it’s also so easy to make!
Chicken Pasta Bake: The number one thing that I love about this recipe is it only has 4 ingredients. I have learned that the fewer ingredients for teens the better.
More Fun Ideas for Teens
- Journal Prompts for Teens – Journaling is a positive habit that anyone can benefit from. Journals are like best friends who hold onto your secrets and help you process your experiences. Journaling regularly can lead to a lifelong daily writing habit, but teens may struggle with figuring out how to start. What motivates you the most? If you could travel to any time, past or future, what year would you go to? What or who would you want to see or learn about? What’s your funniest memory from your childhood? These are the kinds of questions that go perfectly in a personal journal.
- Self Care Ideas for Teens To Combat Stress – Self-care refers to the deliberate activities we do in order to meet our physical, emotional and mental health needs. When we hear about self-care, it’s usually in reference to adults. However, let’s face it, teens are under a tremendous amount of pressure. They can also benefit from practicing regular self-care! Many teenagers are drowning in school assignments and extracurricular activities. They are preoccupied with getting good grades and joining enough clubs and teams to stand out when it comes time to submit college applications.
- Summer Bucket List for Teens – Summer days can be long and grow to be boring, but you can beat the lazy days with a fun summer bucket list for teens! With two teens of my own, it can be challenging to find fun activities to keep them busy and off their phones. I honestly think if it were up to them they would watch youtube and Tiktok for weeks straight.