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Dinnertime Survival Guide

Dinnertime Survival Guide

Want a healthy mean on the table in 15 minutes?

Get 6 weeks of picky-eater friendly weeknight meals now

If there was a way to serve healthy meals to your family every single night of the week WITHOUT you spending an hour in the kitchen, or doing a bunch of prep work, or having to stick to the same few meals over and over again…

…would you feel a huge weight lifted off your shoulders? 

Would you feel less guilt, knowing that you have a plan that’s actually EASY and DO-ABLE to get out of the chicken nugget and mac and cheese rut?

Might you feel like a better mom if you could stress less about frantically getting dinner on the table after a long day?

You do NOT need to spend 30 or 60 minutes in the kitchen every night to make a healthy meal for your kids.

If you are:

  • a busy mom, dad, or caregiver
  • pregnant
  • not feeling well
  • really tired

Or you simply don’t like spending a ton of time in the kitchen…

Dinnertime probably feels like a struggle (at the least), or maybe even completely impossible.

This season of life with young kids is HARD. Accept that it will be imperfect.

But let it be good.

You don’t have to feel bad about not having picture perfect dinners on the table every night. 

With the Dinnertime Survival Guide, you can make satisfying, healthy, balanced meals, that your kids will like. 

It’s easy to commit to a plan that’s already been made for you

(A plan that requires very little thought or work!)

Say yes!

See What's Included

whats included for post dinner bundle

You’ll get a 6-week meal plan with healthy, toddler-friendly dinners for Monday through Friday!

The guide is designed for kiddos age 1 and up.

Saturday and Sunday are open for eating out, with friends/family, or a family favorite meal.

There are 30 meals total, all that you can make in about 15 minutes each, start to finish!


Product recommendations:

I give you my top choices (both for nutrition and taste) for convenience products

  • This is in addition to the meal plan! I wanted you to have other options for quick easy meals for the kids
  • Including the healthiest picks for:
    • pizza
    • frozen mac and cheese
    • fries
    • hot dogs
    • chicken nuggets
    • vegetarian protein alternatives like veggie burgers
    • and more

You don’t have to follow the plan exactly; but if you want to, it’s there for you! A lot of parents have told me they love the Dinnertime Survival Guide for:

  • nights you need something extra fast
  • nights someone else is in charge of dinner (caregiver, relative, parent who doesn’t typically cook)
  • nights your spouse isn’t home for dinner

I also show you how to make this work for a picky eater – even if you don’t think they’ll eat the meal!

Each week has a visual meal plan, including images of the ingredients to buy (so you can easily use this as a grocery list) along with the recipes.

**Printer-friendly!** It’s easy to print out each week and have both the ingredients you need and the recipes all on one page when printing double-sided.

Sneak a peek!

day 1 and 2 dinnertime survival guide sample

What parents are saying

First, my own story! When I tell you that my husband is COMPLETELY incompetent in the kitchen… well, he can boil pasta, grill chicken, and make eggs…and I appreciate whenever he does! But generally speaking, he would pretty much rely completely on cereal and Chipotle takeout if he was in charge of meals.

The fact that he looked at this meal plan and said, “I could do this if you weren’t around for dinner….” 

My jaw, on the floor. And that made me realize, this is exactly what parents in this season of life need. Something so simple, that even on nights when you have NOTHING left in the tank, you can still take just a few minutes and come up with a complete, healthy meal for the family.

But don’t just take my word for it!


I just wanted to say thank you SO much for your awesome, "real life" meal plans. I have spent hundreds of dollars on so-called easy/quick/"every kid will love" meal plans and cookbooks, just to send up spending wayyy too much time in the kitchen and listening to my 5 yo complain that she didn't like the food anyway. Sigh. I swore that I was never going to buy any plans or books again, but I decided to give your dinner (and lunch!) plans a try, and it was the best $20 I've ever spent. Easy to follow instructions, and my picky eater (and her almost as-picky little sister) loved the food! You're awesome! PS My husband and I ate the same meals, so they definitely work well for the whole family!

Susan M.

Kacie, thank you so much for creating the dinnertime survival guide! Just 3 days after I purchased it, my second baby was born 6 weeks premature. He was in the NICU for 9 days before coming home. When we finally got home, it was a bit overwhelming to adjust with a preemie at home and a four year old. When it came time to go grocery shopping, I opened up my binder and the dinnertime survival guide was right on top. I looked at week 1, quickly wrote down everything we needed, and that was it. So easy! And we've had quick, healthy, and delicious recipes all week. It's EXACTLY what I needed right now. Thank you!

Heather D.

I'm loving your dinnertime survivial guide! So many things that are so simple, yet tasty and nutritious. When dinner time comes around and I haven't had time to prepare anything earlier, I know I'm going to really be using this a LOT!!

Olivia O.

Purchased! I knew I wanted this from the moment you first mentioned it. I love the visuals included! I intend to use it to supplement my regular meal planning and just take one or two ideas a week from the list. I'm already appreciating how easy the ideas are - these are exactly the type of meals I need to supplement the other ones (that take a bit more effort) so I can catch my breath a couple evenings a week! This week we are going to do the buffalo chicken stuffed sweet potatoes! So excited!

Hayleigh A.

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s meant for the whole family, but you can also use it for just the kids if that works better for you. The meals are kid-friendly, but still meant to be satisfying to an adult as well. It’s also PERFECT for nights that there’s just one parent eating at home, or grandparents or a babysitter is taking care of dinner.

Yes, and there is a product page that includes freezer items that are allergen friendly. You will need to make some substitutions to the recipes, like subbing in gluten free bread for example, or subbing in dairy free cheese (or omit it).

Yes. There are only two recipes that use eggs and you can skip these or use an egg substitute.

Always double check your products, I can’t guarantee all the ones I recommend are nut-free, but you should be able to make all of the recipes in the guide.

The specific products I recommend likely will not be available outside the US. It may be frustrating to see all these things that you can’t get in your store. 

The guide does include convenience foods (like some frozen or packaged options) but I picked the healthiest choices for you! It’s mainly a mix of fresh, frozen, and convenience items in the meal plan.

There are 17 vegetarian meals (however, the meat options can be substituted for vegetarian if you’re okay with having to make a substitution, like a veggie burger in place of chicken, for example.)

There are 4 meals with fish (shellfish and fin fish) so you can skip those (or sub in a different protein).

There are 3 red meat options in the whole guide.

The only thing that would be a consideration is the sodium content in some of the packaged/frozen items. If they eat mostly homemade foods with no added salt it should be fine to include the meals in the guide some days. I include low sodium options as much as possible in the guide.


When you purchase the Dinnertime Survival Guide, you’ll also get my top healthy grab-and-go breakfast ideas for toddlers.

With quicker and easier breakfasts, maybe you can actually drink your coffee…hot…?!??!?!

About Kacie Barnes, MCN, RDN, LD

Hi! I’m Kacie, if you don’t already know me.

I’m a pediatric nutrition expert, and I love helping moms make feeding their little ones easier and less stressful.

Even as a Registered Dietitian who lives and breathes food and nutrition – I still find it really challenging to feed my two kids! 

(One not pictured, due to lack of cooperation. You feel me??)

Between the constant demands, the whining, the picky eating, and the little time I have to be in the kitchen – it feels stressful to me, too.

That’s why I’m constantly working to SIMPLIFY and take anything off our long mom list of to-dos.

Setting up our kids with healthy habits that they will take with them throughout their lifetime is a huge priority for me. (And when I say “our kids”…I mean yours too!)

It’s a hard job – raising these littles! So I hope I can take away a little bit of the mom worry, the mom guilt, and the stress over whether you’re doing the right thing for your kids.

I work exclusively with babies, toddlers, and young kids in my private practice as well as here on the internet. I have a Master of Clinical Nutrition, a Master of Public Administration, and did my undergrad in Business/Economics at NYU.

Have any questions for me? Click the contact button up in the header and tell me what’s on your mind!

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