Family Friendly Meals for the 21 Day Fix
If you are looking for 21 Day Fix meals that the whole family can enjoy, you’re in luck! Here I’m sharing my favorite 21 Day Fix recipes and meal ideas for lunches and dinners to save you time and energy in the kitchen so you don’t have to stress!
Family Friendly Meals | 21 Day Fix Dinner Recipes
“Is the 21 Day Fix family friendly?” “How can I eat according to the 21 Day Fix meal plan without having to cook separate meals for myself and my family?” “What foods can I eat?” “I have no idea what to make for dinner!”
These are things that I hear often from my challengers who are trying to follow their plan with the 21 Day Fix, as well as from some friends who just want to try to eat healthier foods. But what about the husband and the kids? What do they eat? Easy…I’ll show you how I follow the Fix meal plan while keeping it family friendly.
Here’s my secret: You can continue eating most of the same foods you already eat, or at least cooking many of the same dinners that your family enjoys!
As I have shown in my previous post on how to meal plan for the 21 Day Fix, I always plan my dinners first. Those are the most complicated because that is the one meal each day when our family all eats the same thing. I’m certainly not about to cook more than one dinner – this mom doesn’t have time for that!
While I like salads, I don’t enjoy eating a salad every night so that’s out of the question. And since I am certainly not going to cook multiple dinners for my family, I just cook something that is 21 Day Fix approved I know everyone is going to enjoy.
Some of our typical meals before I started following the 21 Day Fix were:
- burgers and homemade fries
- tacos, burritos, or fajitas
- brinner (breakfast for dinner – such as eggs, bacon, pancakes, etc)
- fish tacos
- shredded pork
- buffalo chicken
- grilled steak and potatoes
- hot dogs or sausage and macaroni and cheese (not a healthy option, I’ll admit!)
And honestly, we still eat most of these meals now! The only thing I do differently is clean up some of my recipes.
I use fresh ingredients and lean meats. I usually forego the bun or tortilla with burgers and tacos, but my family eats them if they want. I typically opt out of cheese and any sauces that contain sugar. I make my own spaghetti sauce and use whole wheat noodles.
Even pizza can be a fun meal at home — just use pita bread or some other type of crust and everyone can make their own individual pizza! The only meal I have cut out is the hot dogs and macaroni and cheese. Oh and did we LOVE to eat that.
On rare occasion, I’ll let the kids have Applegate hot dogs and Annie’s organic mac and cheese, but that’s usually a weekend treat. I use that time to either eat leftovers or make myself a non-boring salad.
We have also discovered some new meals we enjoy, and surprisingly my kids have adapted to eating “healthier” style foods! Baked chicken or fish, sweet potato fries, roasted broccoli, kale chips, sliced berries on whole wheat pancakes (and minimal real maple syrup needed, if at all!).
Even a Cobb salad is a family favorite. You can keep a lot of your meals family friendly without falling off the wagon!
See my before/after pictures and results after completing one round of the 21 Day Fix!
Family Friendly 21 Day Fix Dinner Recipes
Here are some of our favorite meals and recipes that are 21 Day Fix approved!
Portion control container counts are included as an estimate. Your true container counts will depend on multiple servings, additional veggies added, or even half-servings of some containers. Feel free to get creative and make these recipes work for your needs!
This crockpot Paleo/Whole30 flank steak recipe is keto, dairy free, and quick and easy to make!
Serve over some oven baked potato wedges with a veggie on the side (1 red, 1 yellow, 1-2 greens).
Save time in the kitchen with this super easy crockpot buffalo chicken recipe. Using lettuce in place of bread is a genius hack to serve dinner without using a yellow container!
Add in some shredded carrots for extra crunch and top with a little cheese or an avocado drizzle. (1 red, 1-2 greens, 1 blue)
Quick and easy Instant Pot pulled pork is perfect for batch cooking and meal prep. It's also keto-friendly, gluten free, dairy free, and Paleo/Whole30 too!
While pulled pork isn't technically on the 21DF food list, this recipe is clean enough to add into the rotation on occasion. Serve over a large salad for a filling and tasty meal that doesn't even need dressing! (1 red, 2 greens)
Chili with no beans? Yes please! A versatile dinner recipe that the family can eat however they want - with crackers, on a baked potato, or on a hot dog!
Keep it simple and add some avocado slices (1 red, 1/2 green, 1 blue) or top 1/2 a baked potato (1 red, 1/2 green, 1 yellow) - or mix it up however you like!
An Olive Garden inspired recipe that won't ruin your diet. The perfect 21 Day Fix dinner on a cold day! (1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green)
This quick & easy one pan dinner combines Paleo Tzatziki Sauce with Greek sheet pan chicken and veggies - a healthy option for a busy weeknight family meal! (1 red, 1-2 green, 1 blue)
This salmon salad with homemade Asian dressing and spicy Sriracha almonds is a delicious dish that's healthy and full of flavor! (1-2 green, 1 red, 1 blue, 1 orange)
A family dinner classic that never fails! Pop this roast beef in the oven for a simple dinner - and enjoy it again the next day with leftovers! (This is our most popular recipe on the blog - you'll see why!)
Serve with potatoes and veggies, just like grandma did. (1 red, 1-2 greens, 1 yellow)
A great way to use up extra crockpot buffalo chicken, these egg muffins are an easy dinner - or can be warmed up for a quick 21 Day Fix breakfast option!
(1-2 red, 1 green)
If these don’t sound like meal options that you or your family would love, there are a lot of great ideas over on the Beachbody blog!
Some favorites are:
- Rainbow Veggie Flatbread Pizza
- Sheet Pan Roasted Garlic Shrimp With Zucchini
- Mediterranean Turkey Burgers
- Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Chops
- Chicken Parmesan
Another great resource for 21 Day Fix recipes is Autumn’s Fixate cookbook. You can order the Fixate Volume 1 cookbook through Beachbody’s website or Amazon. There’s also a Fixate Volume 2 cookbook (also available on Beachbody and Amazon).
A few of our favorite Fixate recipes are:
For additional support, you can get the Ultimate Portion Fix Challenge Pack with Shakeology and Beachbody On Demand. I definitely recommend looking into this option!
Be sure to check out all of my meal plans for more 21 Day Fix dinner ideas and easy recipes! We love lots of quick and cheap recipes options.
What are your favorite family friendly meals on the Fix? Or what are your favorite family meals that you want to know how to incorporate into your 21 Day Fix plan? Drop a comment below or send me a message on IG/FB and I’ll be happy to help you clean it up and work it into your plan! 😉