Quick & Easy Family-Friendly Dinners & Sides, Part 1

When I recently met Tara of Tara Allen Health at a local open house for a motherhood programming center,  we instantly clicked. She has been kind enough to share a bunch of healthy family-friendly dinners and sides that are quick and easy to make. These are perfect for everyone. They take at most four steps and 30 minutes to prepare! So you can make these even if you are short on time (they take 30-minutes at most!) or do not consider yourself a master in the kitchen.

Tara is a women’s health RN and certified: health coach, personal trainer, and nutrition specialist. She is also the lady behind SnugBug Fitness - the original babywearing and pregnancy exercise classes.

Be sure to tag her on Facebook and Instagram if you make any of her recipes!

This is part 1 of a mini series. Bon appetit!

Turmeric Chicken Nuggets 

6 ingredients · 30 minutes · 5 servings


  • 1 cup Oats (rolled) 
  • 2 tbsps Turmeric 
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt 
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper 
  • 1 lb Chicken Breast (boneless, cubed) 
  • 2 tbsps Avocado Oil (divided)


  1. In a food processor blend the rolled oats, turmeric powder, sea salt and black pepper until a flour-like consistency forms. 
  2. In a separate bowl, toss the cubed chicken breast in half of the avocado oil until evenly distributed. Pour the oat mixture over the chicken and toss until the chicken is coated. 
  3. Warm a skillet over medium heat and add the remaining oil. Add the breaded chicken to the pan and cook for 10 minutes per side. For the final 2 minutes, add a lid and cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). 
  4. Serve the chicken nuggets with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

Maple Turkey Burgers 

6 ingredients · 30 minutes · 4 servings


  • 1 lb Extra Lean Ground Turkey 
  • 2 tbsps Maple Syrup 
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme 
  • 2 tsps Ground Sage 
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt 
  • 2 tbsps Coconut Oil


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey, maple syrup, thyme, sage and salt. 
  2. Divide and form the mixture into half-inch thick patties. Place on a parchment-lined tray and chill in the freezer for approximately 15 minutes. 
  3. Heat the coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat. Fry each burger patty until cooked through, about 4 to 6 minutes per side. 
  4. Set aside to cool slightly. Enjoy!

Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Pasta 

12 ingredients · 20 minutes · 4 servings

  • 1 tbsp Avocado Oil 
  • 2 Garlic (clove, minced) 
  • 1 tbsp Arrowroot Powder 
  • 1 1/2 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk 
  • 1/2 cup Sun Dried Tomatoes (drained) 
  • 1 tbsp Nutritional Yeast 
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt 
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice 
  • 8 ozs Chickpea Pasta 
  • 1 cup Asparagus (trimmed, cut into bite-sized pieces) 
  • 1/4 cup Parsley (chopped) 
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Flakes (optional)
  1. Heat avocado oil in a pan over medium-low heat and add garlic. Cook for 1 minute. Add the arrowroot powder and cook for another minute. Then add the almond milk and stir to combine. Stir until the milk has thickened. 
  2. Pour the almond milk mixture into a blender along with the sun dried tomatoes, nutritional yeast, sea salt and lemon juice. Blend until smooth and creamy. Add more water to thin if needed. Set aside. 
  3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and add the pasta back to the pot. 
  4. In a pan over medium heat, add the asparagus and sauté until cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes. Once cooked through, add the asparagus in with the pasta. Mix in the sun dried tomato sauce. Divide onto plates and top with parsley and chili flakes, if using. Serve and enjoy!

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