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31 Quick Family Weekday Dinner Ideas

Linze Lucas
June 2, 2017

It's time for dinner and you have no clue what to make! Here are easy and yummy dinner ideas to help.



It's a five o'clock world, and between work, school, practice, dance, sports, appointments, and all of life's surprises, there's barely enough time to breathe, much less eat! Don't let fast-paced living keep you and your loved ones from healthy, hearty meals.

"My way of keeping dinner creative is to take simple ingredients and turn them into quick and easy meals," reports foodie and blogger Chung-Ah Rhee of Damn Delicious. Whether it's soups, pastas or chicken dinners, you save time and money!

Don't let a simple dinner be a snore! If you need some weekday dinner ideas, check out these 31 must-try recipes.

  1. Cauliflower Chowder
    Creamy, rich and comforting. This one-pot wonder will have the kids begging to eat their vegetables.
  2. Cheesy Chicken Bagel Pizzas
    This trifecta of yum is sure to leave taste buds delighted and the family full. Use leftover veggies and proteins as additional toppings for a unique spin on this simple recipe.
  3. Mini Pot Pies
    Warm, hearty, filling and quick! Grab a muffin tin, puff pastry and your favorite soup, and viola! Dinner is served.
  4. Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken with Fried Rice
    Half the wait -- half the calories! Why wait an hour for delivery with this delicious do-it-yourself alternative?
  5. Ham and Cheese Sliders
    A creative take on an American classic. Satisfaction guaranteed.
  6. Taco Mac and Cheese
    Two family favorites, one zesty dish. Reserve a night on the calendar for this tasty recipe.
  7. Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Tater Tot Casserole
    This slow cooker medley lets you set it and forget it. Perfect for families with busy schedules. You can even have your nanny set it up for you in minutes so it's totally ready by the time you get home!
  8. Bacon Pierogi Bake
    Mmm. Crispy, crunchy bacon and bright fresh tomatoes, resting atop a bed of creamy sauce over fluffy potato pierogies. Seconds, please!
  9. Homemade Fish Sticks
    All the fun of fish sticks minus the icky preservatives. Add parmesan to the panko bread crumbs for an extra burst of flavor.
  10. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
    Set it, forget it and then settle down at the table for an interactive meal the whole family will love.
  11. Supreme Pizza Burgers
    You got pizza on my burger! You got burger on my pizza! Make pizza night a whole lot heartier with this must-try recipe.
  12. Quick Turkey Meatballs Over Greens
    Lean. Healthy. Tasty. Quick. Check out this light spin on an Italian classic.
  13. Chickpea, Spinach and Chorizo Frittata
    Big flavor, short cook time. This award-winning recipe is perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.
  14. Tangy and Spicy Chicken and Peppers
    A one-skillet wonder thats sure to please. Serve over rice, pasta or your choice of greens.
  15. Spaghetti With Cheese and Black Pepper
    A simple spin on a dinnertime staple.
  16. Sloppy Joe Tacos
    Robust taste and major crunch in no time at all.
  17. Fully Loaded Baked Potato Soup
    Cheese, potatoes and bacon, oh my! No need to wait 30 minutes before diving into this bowl of comfort.
  18. Crockpot Risotto
    A slow cooker shortcut to velvety, creamy paradise.
  19. Mini Lasagna Cups
    Rich lasagna flavor in a fun bite-sized form. Prepare extra and freeze for an anytime treat.
  20. One Pot BBQ Chicken and Pasta
    Treat the family to the fun flavors of summer anytime with this one-pot 30-minute must-try.
  21. Grilled Macaroni and Cheese Sandwiches
    Creamy, cheesy pasta pressed between buttery light bread! This sandwich breaks all the rules in all the right ways.
  22. White Chicken Chili
    This white bean twist on the nations red con carne classic is becoming a staple all its own. Simple and delicious, it's a great way to repurpose leftover turkey or chicken.
  23. Zoodles
    Zucchini noodles provide a healthy and fun alternative to pasta. If the color doesn't have the kids excited, the flavor will!
  24. Chicken Cordon Bleu Pigs in a Blanket
    Simple and savory. Fancy and fun. This play on cordon bleu is 100 percent customizable -- have some fun with it.
  25. Bacon Cheeseburger Soup
    A cheesy beefy burger... in the form of a soup.
  26. Easy Vegetarian Shepherds Pie
    A bed of nutrient-rich veggies beneath a fluffy cloud of mashed potatoes. Yum!
  27. Slower Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
    A simple recipe with robust flavor that the family is sure to love.
  28. Impossible Broccoli Cheese Pie
    Plates loaded with veggies and smiles all around the table. Its totally possible with this broccoli cheese pie.
  29. Plum Pork Tenderloin
    An elegant, moist tenderloin, sweet and tangy in no time at all.
  30. Ratatouille
    Let your little ones learn that its not just a movie. This is one dish theyll eat on repeat.
  31. Homemade Spaghetti O's
    An elevated take on an American classic. Each bite is filled with childhood comfort.

Room for more? Here are more ideas for kid-friendly recipes and weekday dinner ideas.

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