If you’re wondering what to make the family for dinner tonight, you’ll find something in this list of 50 quick family dinners! Options for beef, pork, chicken, casseroles, pasta, and more.
I grew up in a family of five children. I know what you’re thinking based on the title of this post – how did your mom even find time to make dinner, much less come up with anything “quick” that “everyone will love?”
Let me tell you a little story. It’s not so much a story I guess, as it is a secret. We survived off Schwan’s.
I would say a good 50% of our meals came from the Schwan’s man and his little truck. I moved all over as a child, and in my teenage years we ended up in Louisville, Kentucky. I’m the oldest and my four brothers range from 4 – 10 years younger than me . . . yet we share something in common.
We loved the Schwan’s man and his big yellow refrigerated truck.
It’s hard to explain the excitement when we’d see the truck pull up in front of the house. Schwan’s meant frozen popsicles, frozen waffles, cordon bleu stuffed chicken breasts, salisbury steak, and veggie lasagna (which wasn’t my favorite for dinner). If my mom was feeling really generous we got the drumstick ice cream cones. That meant it was party time!
I have to cut my mom some slack though. That was before the internet, so she couldn’t look up delicious and quick dinner recipes . . . this was way before sheet pan cooking was a thing that people knew about. Years later we have the internet, and we have resources. Hats off to the moms who did it in the good old days!
As an ode to my mom and all the parents/family members/awesome people who cook dinner for themselves and others on a regular basis, I put together a list of 50 quick family dinners. I’m hoping some of these come in handy when you need some ideas quickly.
There are a lot of recipe ideas here, from chicken to pork to beef to pasta and more. I can’t guarantee that everyone will like all of them, but I can guarantee that there are dinner recipes here for everyone, and that they’ll like something on this list. If your pickiest eaters don’t like a few things, I’ll be shocked.
Take a peek at the list below – let me know which are your favorites. Also, are there any tried and true quick dinner recipes that your family swears by? Tell me in the comments. Now scroll down and prepare to get hungry!
Quick Family Dinners
Get 50 quick and easy family dinner recipes that your family is going to love! Includes options for chicken, beef, pork, pasta, and more. There's a little something for everyone here, including picky eaters!
This healthy three bean and ground lean meat chili recipe is low calorie and low points if you follow the Weight Watchers diet. But no one will know . . . because it's filling and delicious. Make in the pressure cooker or crockpot!
Refrigerated pizza crust and pre-cooked chicken make this black bean & chicken taco pizza easy as can be. Add your favorite taco toppings, and don’t forget the crushed Doritos for unexpected crunch and bold flavor.
This is the best pork tenderloin recipe you will ever have! It is a flavor-packed easy sheet pan dinner with tender green beans, crispy roasted potatoes, and delicious glazed pork tenderloin, all cooked simply on one sheet pan.
Make a dinner that wows with this taco bake casserole! It's so easy and your family will ask for it again and again. Such a quick family dinner . . you won't believe how easy it is. Customize with the protein of your choice.
No one will ever believe that these crisp chicken fingers are completely baked and cooked on ONE PAN with veggies. If you like quick family dinners that picky eaters are sure to love, this is one of them.
This sausage and pepperoni crescent roll casserole is an easy dinner that’s ready in about 30 minutes! Like a shortcut version of Deep Dish Meat Lover’s pizza, the hearty meal is a family-friendly option for your busiest weeknights.
Oven roasted honey garlic chicken & potatoes is a sheet pan dinner that cooks in one pan. Chicken breasts marinate in a sweet mixture of honey, garlic, and Dijon mustard, then get baked on one sheet with seasoned and roasted diced potatoes.
This is such a delicious pasta dish with a twist! Once you get tired of making spaghetti on the regular, try this quick family dinner - you'll throw everything in a pan and bake. The results are cheesy and delicious.
Learn how to make this vegetarian linguine featuring some of your favorite veggies like eggplant and sun dried tomato. This easy family dinner disguises the eggplant . . . even picky eaters will enjoy getting their veggies.
You're going to love this delicious Italian inspired recipe. This chicken and broccoli pasta conceals the broccoli quite well with a sundried tomato cream sauce. Spice it up with garlic, basic, and crushed red pepper flakes.
Although the ingredients couldn’t be more simple, this sheet pan pork chops recipe is packed full of flavor thanks to the convenience of a ranch dressing packet. Also includes delicious potatoes and green beans. There's nothing to the clean up!
You don’t have to wash a bunch of dirty dishes after you are done because your bowl is the squash itself. How cool is that? You can also pull it out of the squash if you need to conceal the fact that it's veggies from your picky eaters.
An easy homemade pizza crust smothered in garlic ranch sauce and topped with grilled chicken, bacon, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese. Kids love this recipe, and you can shortcut it even more by buying premade crust.
The whole family comes running when they smell the tortillas being grilled and the yummy citrus kick of lime and guacamole. No one has to know that this favorite pork street taco Mexican food recipe is made from “leftovers”!
Family doesn't like sprouts? I dare them to try this recipe! The combination of chicken sausage with pesto and the pasta makes this a tasty dish that will cause even the most ardent brussels sprout haters to change their minds.
Prep the ingredients for this easy slow cooker taco pasta the night before, and then start it cooking in your crock pot when you are ready. With just 10 minutes prep, this comforting pasta dish couldn’t be easier or faster to make!
Need a healthy 20-minute meal tonight? This ground turkey stir-fry with green beans and kale is packed with vegetables and nutrients. The veggies fade nicely into the background for those who aren't as enthusiastic about them!
Sheet pan chicken fajitas are a snap to make and loaded with fresh veggies and flavor! Colorful bell peppers, red onions and chicken tenders simply tossed together with olive oil and spices. If your family loves Mexican themed recipes, they'll enjoy this.