A full month of ideas for easy, homemade family-friendly dinners. Includes a free printable PDF calendar with each day’s menu idea for easy planning.
Earlier this year, I started a new feature here on Family Food on the Table with my February meal plan followed by the March meal plan. Each one gives you an entire month’s worth of recipe ideas for easy, healthy family dinners.
I myself love to menu plan and schedule out our meals.
It does not feel like a chore at all, and I really do enjoy it. I think it’s the type A scheduler in me coming out in full force. 😬
If you’re interested, I’ve got a whole post of my official guide to meal planning, with all my tips and tricks.
And previously, I’ve shared a list of 30 easy healthy family dinner ideas that could work for any month of the year.
But today, I’m trying to make it easy on YOU by giving you another full month’s worth of ideas for healthy family dinner ideas.
This will carry you through the entire month of April.
I’ve included the photo of the meal plan here if you want to pin it, but there’s a free printable PDF link at the bottom as well, so you can easily save and print.
So let’s dive right in.
Notes on this April meal plan:
- Each day has its own recipe idea, complete with sides if needed to make a full meal. (Some things like tacos are more all-inclusive, though you could add sides if you like.)
- You can make easy swaps to suit your family’s tastes. Use whatever vegetables are you favorite to steam, make mashed potatoes instead of baked potatoes, choose white or brown rice, etc. Customize to your heart’s content.
- Saturdays are blank. This is intentional and meant to be reserved for either using up any leftovers from the week or ordering dinner in or going out to eat. Cause we all need a break!
The calendar and meal plan are ideas for prompts to get you started.
If you also need specific recipes, I’ve got some included below. You can also grab recipes from your own collection, your favorite cookbooks, or from Pinterest or Google.
(Many of the recipes below are from my site, but I’ve also included recipes from others.)
Oh, and I included these ideas in order from April 1 on the calendar to April 30, with the date listed too, which will hopefully make things easier to find throughout the month.
Recipes for April meal plan:
1 - Chicken piccata
4 - Southern deviled eggs and green beans with mustard butter sauce
6 - Turkey tacos (with homemade taco seasoning)
7 - Lentil soup and paninis
8 - Southwest baked salmon or easy BBQ salmon
9 - Coconut lime grilled chicken
11 - Garlic butter pork chops or crunchy baked pork chops
12 - Easy tuna patties
13 - Chicken quesadillas
14 - Slow cooker chicken cacciatore
15 - Sheet pan Mediterranean chicken and veggies
16 - Maple mustard pork tenderloin
18 - Farro, kale and strawberry salad
19 - Easy veggie burgers or easy chickpea burgers
20 - Southwest chicken skillet
21 - Chicken, broccoli and rice casserole
22 - Spinach stuffed chicken or chicken stuffed with prosciutto, spinach and mozzarella
23 - Instant Pot spaghetti or classic spaghetti dinner
26 - 15-minute honey garlic chicken
27 - Easy chicken fajitas
28 - Turkey sausage and gnocchi skillet
29 - Easy baked lemon chicken or baked cheesy chicken breasts
30 - Flaky grilled fish
OK then, hopefully are you all set now!
Last thing, I would really appreciate your feedback.
If this monthly meal plan is helpful, please leave me a comment below.
Or if there’s things you wish I would change or add or do differently, let me know that, too! I want this to be a helpful resource, so let me know how I can make it even more helpful.
(Also, I want to see whether these are useful and if I should continue to make them in the months to come. So please let me know below!)
I hope you have a wonderful - and delicious - month!
* April meal plan PDF *
(You can download and print the April calendar from that link, or save this page to come back to. Whatever is easy for you.)
P.S. Here's the May meal plan for you.
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