75 Tasty, Easy Family Dinner Ideas to Satisfy Your Whole Crew

75 Tasty, Easy Family Dinner Ideas to Satisfy Your Whole Crew

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75 Easy Family Dinner Ideas for a Quick and Delicious Weeknight Meal

They will all be asking for seconds!

a plate of green zucchini boats stuffed with chorizo

Mike Garten

Stuck in the same weeknight meal rotation? No stress! We’ve rounded up our favorite easy (and delicious) family dinner ideas for plenty of mealtime inspiration. From warming healthy soups and stews to satisfyingly easy pasta recipes, our best family style recipes require very little prep for super-satisfying meals, even on the busiest of weeknights.

What makes a family dinner, you ask? Well, that depends on every family and each kids’ discerning palate. We rounded up our tastiest meals that tend to be crowd-favorites (spaghetti and meatballs!), easy to make for at least four people (tacos!) and classic options for even the pickiest eaters. Whether you’re on the hunt for family-friendly vegetarian recipes, healthy chicken dinners or easy recipes to feed a crowd, look no further.

First, some tips to get you started: Wash and dry any fresh produce on the weekend or the night before you plan to cook it to save time on hectic weeknights. Second, plan your meals ahead of time so you can shop for only what you need and avoid food waste. This doesn’t have to be rigid, you can plan a few meals and count on enjoying leftovers on the days you’re not cooking. Finally, clean as you go! Many of these recipes are simple sheet pan dinners or one-pot dishes, making cleanup a breeze. With these tips, plus our deliciously cheap and easy dinner recipes, you’ll have family dinner success in no time!

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Zucchini Linguine

Shredded raw zucchini will warm through when tossed with pasta, cutting down on cooking time. Dinner will be ready in half an hour!

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Chorizo-Stuffed Zucchini

This five ingredient meal is perfect for a crowd: Simply prepare a stuffed halved zucchini for each person, and voila!

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Green Curry Shrimp

Thanks to spicy green curry paste, this tasty broth only needs to simmer for five minutes to build a mouthwatering flavor.

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Spinach Artichoke Chicken

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Sautéed Chicken and Tomatoes With Roasted Artichokes

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Sheet Pan Chicken Parmesan

Now THIS is what we call a crowd pleaser! This cheesy classic is prepared in the oven instead of deep fried, making it a perfect (and delicious) hands-off meal.

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Sesame-Crusted Salmon With Miso-Roasted Radishes

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Fennel Roasted Chicken and Peppers

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Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta

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Gingery Pork Meatball Subs

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Chicken Scarpariello

With tender chicken, juicy sausage and a sweet-sour sauce, this flavorful favorite is enough to feed four.

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Seared Salmon With Charred Green Beans

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Pasta e Fagioli

Tender pasta, beans and hearty veggies make this cozy soup filling enough for the whole family.

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Turkey Tacos

Taco Tuesday gets a lighter twist with our slightly spicy take on this crunchy family fave.

Get the Turkey Tacos recipe.

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Vegan Lasagna

No fear, if you have dairy allergies or plant-based eaters in your family, you can still eat lasagna. Yum!

Get the Vegan Lasagna recipe.

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Garam Masala Roasted Chicken and Cauliflower

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Crispy Pork Noodles

Inspired by Szechuan cuisine, this recipe features ramen noodles tossed in a creamy peanut sauce and topped with crispy, pan-fried pork.

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Gluten-Free Spaghetti with Clams and Bacon Crumbs

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Fish Tacos with Pico de Gallo

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Grilled Hanger Steak with Charred Broccolini

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Vegetarian Lasagna

This rich layered pasta is perfect for a crowd. Make a big batch over the weekend and keep in your freezer for the night when prepping dinner is the last thing you want to do.

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Chicken Mole

Chicken mole features succulent, dark-meat chicken simmered in a rich, savory sauce of onions, tomatoes, chili powder and a touch of chocolate (yes, really!).

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Short Ribs with Creamy Polenta


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