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!

a plate of zucchini linguine on a white plate
Mike Garten
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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!

Get the Zucchini Linguine recipe.

a plate of zucchini stuffed with chorizo
Mike Garten
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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!

Get the Chorizo-Stuffed Zucchini recipe.

green curry shrimp with red onion, cilantro and white rice
Mike Garten
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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 halves with chicken on a white plate
Mike Garten
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Spinach Artichoke Chicken

The secret to this tangy, creamy dish? Use canned artichoke halves for fast, easy flavor!

Get the Spinach Artichoke Chicken recipe.

tubes of pasta marinated with peppers on a white plate
Mike Garten
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Marinated Pepper Pasta

Prepare marinated peppers ahead of time (or use store-bought) to whip up this flavor-packed vegetarian pasta in a pinch.

Get the Marinated Pepper Pasta recipe.

sautéed chicken and tomatoes with roasted artichokes in a black bowl
Mike Garten
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Sautéed Chicken and Tomatoes With Roasted Artichokes

Crusty bread is an ideal side for dipping into this protein-packed dish — no side of pasta or rice needed!

Get the Sautéed Chicken and Tomatoes With Roasted Artichokes recipe.

three shrimp rolls in hot dog buns with a side of creamy dip
Mike Garten
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BLT Shrimp Rolls

The only cooking required in this summer sandwich is to crisp up the bacon, making it a perfect meal to throw together in under 15 minutes.

Get the BLT Shrimp Rolls recipe.

RELATED: 30 Seriously Easy Shrimp Recipes

vegan bolognese in a black bowl
Mike Garten
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Vegan Bolognese

This vegan take uses meaty mushrooms and filling lentils to create a plant-based dish so tasty, even meat eaters won't be able to resist.

Get the Vegan Bolognese recipe.

RELATED: 70 Vegan Recipes so Good, You'll Forget About Meat and Cheese

chicken parmesan on a sheet pan with mozzarella on top
Mike Garten
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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 roasted radishes and spinach
Mike Garten
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Sesame-Crusted Salmon With Miso-Roasted Radishes

In addition to being a healthy main, salmon doesn't take long to roast, creating an easy meal full of nutrients.

Get the Sesame-Crusted Salmon With Miso-Roasted Radishes recipe.

RELATED: 30+ Easy Salmon Recipes to Make for Dinner Tonight

roasted chicken and peppers on a black plate
Mike Garten
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Fennel Roasted Chicken and Peppers

Juicy chicken legs add the right amount of richness to this veggie-heavy dinner.

Get the Fennel Roasted Chicken and Peppers recipe.

beef curry and white rice with cilantro and lime
Mike Garten
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Instant Pot Beef Curry

Weeknights have never been easier: Make use of your instant pot for this filling, spicy curry.

Get the Instant Pot Beef Curry recipe.

RELATED: 20 Instant Pot Soups That Are Basically Comfort in a Bowl

creamy lemon chicken pasta with green peas on a white plate
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
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Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta

Liven up staples like chicken and linguine with a creamy tangy sauce of cream cheese and lemon.

Get the Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta recipe.

RELATED: 50+ Easy Pasta Recipes for the Perfect Weeknight Dinner

pork meatball subs with a side of sweet chili pepper sauce
Danielle Daly
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Gingery Pork Meatball Subs

The best way to get your kid excited about new flavors? Put them into a meatball!

Get the Gingery Pork Meatball Subs recipe.

RELATED: 51 Delicious New Ways to Have Meatballs for Dinner

chicken scarpariello with red peppers in a white skillet
Mike Garten
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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 and slices of lemon
Mike Garten
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Seared Salmon With Charred Green Beans

This favorite uses just five ingredients but offers so much flavor.

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pasta e fagioli in a white bowl and a chunk of parmesan on the side
Mike Garten
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Pasta e Fagioli

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

Get the Pasta e Fagioli recipe.

turkey hard shell tacos on a blue plate with slices of lime on the side
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
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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.

a square baking dish of vegan lasagna with basil on top
Mike Garten
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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.

two bowls of butternut squash soup with slices of bread on the side
Mike Garten
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Air Fryer Squash Soup

The air fryer soup makes this 45-minute soup even easier.

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garam masala roasted chicken and cauliflower
Mike Garten
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Garam Masala Roasted Chicken and Cauliflower

Garam masala has a warming heat, so it's not too spicy for the little ones.

Get the Garam Masala Roasted Chicken and Cauliflower recipe.

RELATED: 30+ Best Kids' Dinner Ideas for When Your Picky Eater Just Won’t Try Anything

crispy pork noodles
Mike Garten
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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
Mike Garten
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Gluten-Free Spaghetti with Clams and Bacon Crumbs

Got gluten-free eaters in your household? Don't let that stop pasta night!

Get the Gluten-Free Spaghetti with Clams and Bacon Crumbs recipe.

RELATED: 40 Savory and Delicious Gluten-Free Dinner Recipes for Any Occasion

fish tacos with pico de gallo
Danielle Daly
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Fish Tacos with Pico de Gallo

These fresh, flavorful tacos are the ideal way to make any seafood-wary kids fall for fish.

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grilled hanger steak with charred broccolini
Danielle Daly
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Grilled Hanger Steak with Charred Broccolini

Everyone loves steak, especially when it's served simply and only takes 30 minutes to make.

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RELATED: 83 Steak Recipes That Make Dinner at Home Feel Extra Fancy

family dinner ideas   fried chicken
Mike Garten
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Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Homemade crispy coated chicken is a real crowd pleaser and is best served with an easy barbecue side for the most delicious summer dinner.

Get the Buttermilk Fried Chicken recipe.

RELATED: 55 Easy BBQ Side Dishes to Make This Summer

family dinner ideas   chili dogs
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
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Chili Dogs

A spoonful of spicy, meaty chili elevates an average hot dog to an epic dinner dish.

Get the Chili Dogs recipe.

RELATED: 50 Easy Ground Beef Recipes for True Meat Lovers

family dinner ideas   vegetarian lasagna
Mike Garten
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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.

Get the Vegetarian Lasagna recipe.

chicken mole
Mike Garten
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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
Mike Garten
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Short Ribs with Creamy Polenta

This recipe for tender beef and creamy grits is the most crowd-pleasing version of steak and potatoes.

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