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 30-min meals and classic options for even the pickiest eaters. Whether you’re on the hunt for kid-friendly dishes, vegetarian recipes, healthy chicken dinners or easy recipes to feed a crowd, look no further.
First, some meal prep 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!