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The Best 25 Easy Family Dinner Recipes

Looking for a simple, yet delicious dinner recipe perfect for the whole family? Look no further! This collection of 25 Easy Family Dinner Recipes features vegan and vegetarian meals, meals for meat eaters, dinners on a budget, recipes that take less than 20 minutes and healthy main dishes. Both kids and adults are sure to find their new favorite.

August 12, 2019
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Do you ever get stuck in a creative food rut and find yourself making the same 5 recipes over and over again? It’s okay we have all been there! Sometimes life gets busy and it is hard to want to venture outside of your food comfort zone. This is especially true when picky kids (and husbands) are involved! These 25 Easy Family Dinner Recipes feature something for everyone to love. This roundup includes my favorite vegan, meat, healthy, budget friendly and time saving recipes that are creative, yet familiar. I hope you and your family enjoy this collection of recipes, and find your new favorite!

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My Kitchen Staples For Family Dinner Recipes

When making dinner for my family I have my favorite go-to staple kitchen supplies that I use on a daily basis. You do not need anything fancy, expensive or 10 of something to prepare an incredible homemade meal. Some of my favorites were passed down to me from my mom and grandma! It just shows that quality beats quantity any day. When looking to purchase a new kitchen tool make sure it is made of quality material, from a good brand and that you do not have something similar already. This ensures that you will not only get your use out of it, but that you won’t need to replace it 100 times because it broke. If you are the market for some new kitchen equipment here are some of my current favorites!

Ride or Die kitchen staples that I use for nearly all of my family dinner recipes: 

  1.  Basic Cooking Tools 
  2. A Large Oven Safe Pan with Lid
  3. Baking Dishes that Double as Storage with Lids
  4. Basic Medium Sized Pot
  5. An Iron Skillet
  6. Good Quality Knives 
  7. Cutting Boards

What Makes The Perfect Family Dinner?

For me, the perfect family dinner is a combination of easy, quick and of course dang delicious food. My family’s favorites always wind up being the recipes that don’t take a ton of time and use simple ingredients. My son is actually pretty picky and I have to get creative with dinners to get him to try new things. I am constantly trying new flavors and incorporating his favorite ingredients into new dishes to encourage him to give some new stuff a go.

Along with trying to make dinners quick and easy I also try to incorporate some healthy stuff in there some nights. I think this collection of recipes is great and covers a wide range of options ranging from vegan dishes, simple salads, slow cooker meals to curry. This combination makes it simple to try new dishes featuring familiar ingredients that everyone will love. I hope one (or all) of these dinner recipes will please everyone in your family like they do mine! Enjoy!

25 Incredible Family Dinner Recipes

Family dinners can become routine and we all can get caught in a rut making the same ole' stuff all the time. Break the boring streak and check out these incredible dinner recipes perfect for the entire family.

For My Plant Based People

The perfect vegan recipes that will make you not miss the meat! Great for Meatless Mondays or for any vegan in your family! You will love these classic recipes with a plant based twist.

Easy tastes like chicken vegan pot pies recipe

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This comfort food classic made meatless will become a new staple in your weeknight meal rotation.

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Quick & Easy Vegan Lentil Bolognese

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An Italian classic that will please even the meat lovers in your family. Bonus this dish is ready in only 30 minutes!

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Easy Vegan Black Bean Burgers

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Burgers are a favorite among Americans all over the country. Give this plant based version a go for a healthier take on the classic burger recipe.

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Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini Sauce

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A show-stopping meatless main dish! Perfect for when you are feeling festive and needing a fancy, yet simple meatless main course.

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Chickpea Avocado Sandwich

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Sandwiches are my go-to easy dinner for when I have nothing prepared. This easy sandwich recipe is filled with plant based goodness and ready in only 15 minutes!

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For The Budget Conscious  

Sometimes preparing home cooked meals can get expensive, especially for larger families. These five budget friendly recipes make a large amount of food great for big families and leftovers. They also feature minimal and pantry staple ingredients.

Lazy Crock Pot Lasagna {Easy To Make}

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Who doesn't love lasagna?! This comfort food classic is made easier by making the pasta in the crockpot with all the classic ingredients.

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Creamy Crockpot Italian Chicken

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Another wonderful and simple crockpot meal that everyone in the family will love. Plus, this recipe only requires 5 ingredients!

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Microwave Spicy Black Bean Taco Wraps

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Some days all you have time for is a microwave meal. Check out this fast and healthy taco recipe that is ready in only 15 minutes. Tons of ways to customize to each individuals tastes as well!

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Oven-Baked Barbecue Chicken - a favourite family-friendly dinner recipe

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BBQ Chicken is a favorite in our house! This chicken recipe is made with pantry staples and features simple, familiar flavors both kids and adults will love!

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Lemon Chicken Thighs (Quick Dinner Idea)

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These chicken thighs are ready in only 20 minutes and use simple seasonings and minimal ingredients!

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For When You Have ZERO Time

No time? No problem! Skip the take-out and try one of these super simple recipes that are ready in 30 minutes or less!

Easy Margherita Pizza Recipe: 15 Minute Naan Pizza

Family pizza night just got a little healthier and faster! These customizable naan pizzas are quicker than the delivery guy and taste a lot better too.

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Simple Ground Turkey Skillet Dinner

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All you need is one pan and 25 minutes to whip up this incredible ground turkey and veggies skillet dinner.

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One Pot Creamy Chicken Tomato Tortellini Soup | Sweet Tea & Thyme

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This soup is far from bland and boring! This hearty yet healthy soup is ready in about 15 minutes and requires only one pan!

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15 minute Dinner: Broiled Salmon, Herbed Couscous & Salad

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It is hard to believe that this beautiful dinner is ready in only 15 minutes! This salmon dish is the perfect fancy, but fast weeknight dinner!

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Creamy Tomato and Chicken Pasta Bake

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This baked pasta is ready in about 30 minutes and is sure to be a hit with both the kiddos and adults!

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For The Meat Lovers

Beef and pork are the stars here! If you and your family are meat eaters then these dinners are for you!

Cheeseburger Gnocchi - Peter's Food Adventures

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A fun, grownup take on the classic Hamburger Helper meal. Up your game with this bad boy for your next weeknight dinner for the family.

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Cashew Pork Stir Fry Recipe

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This stir fry recipe is bursting with flavor and your family will love the tender pork and veggie combo.

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Crockpot Beef Short Ribs- Fall off the Bone Tender

A hearty and comforting crockpot meal perfect to set it and forget before work. Not only is the meat tender and juicy, your home will smell incredible as well!

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The Best Easy Carne Asada Recipe + Marinade

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Prep the steak before work and let it marinade to develop some incredible flavor. Once the meat has marinaded prep and cooking is a breeze and only takes about 15 minutes!

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Ground Beef Tostadas

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These tostadas come together in about 30 minutes and feature spicy beef, refried beans and crema!

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For When You Want To Be Healthy(ish)

For the days when you want to eat on the healthier side, but don't want to sacrifice all the yummy flavor! These healthy recipes will please even the picky eaters in your family.

Cauliflower Tacos with Spicy Cashew Sauce

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For any Taco Tuesday, or let's face it any and all days of the week. These cauliflower tacos are simple, delicious and healthy!

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Ground Turkey Stir-Fry with Greens Beans & Kale - 20-Minute Meal

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A wonderful and simple combination of ground turkey and veggies! All you need is 20 minutes to make healthy happen. Also, there is kale so you KNOW it is good for you.

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Sweet Potato Curry

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Looking to step outside of your pasta and chicken box some? Give this beautiful curry a go! This healthy curry is ready in about 30 minutes and will make your tummy happy.

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One-Pan Apricot Chicken & Broccoli Dinner

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One pan, 30 minutes, plus chicken and broccoli? Count me in! Easy and fast never tasted so good!

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Blackberry Mango Chicken Salad

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Say it with me: SALADS DON'T HAVE TO BE BORING! This 20 minute flavor bomb will turn any salad hater into a salad lover.

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Happy Eating!

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    prabhu
    August 16, 2019 at 8:14 am

    all of dishes loved! specially the Sweet Potato Curry is my fav all time.

    Thanks for sharing the list.

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    Beth
    August 12, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    This is the perfect list for what I need to make tonight! So tired. Busy day! Thanks!

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      August 16, 2019 at 5:09 pm

      You’re welcome! Glad you like it and have found some favs!

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