60 Tasty, Easy Family Dinner Ideas to Satisfy Your Whole Crew

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60 Family Dinner Ideas for Any Day of the WeekMike Garten

While it can be so easy to rely on restaurants, easy freezer feasts and drive-through meals, nothing brings the whole crew together like a family dinner. And these family dinner ideas — most of which are ready in under 30 minutes! — consider every palate, from the pickiest eaters to the vegetarians in your life.

From tried-and-true family meals, like garlicky shrimp scampi, easy chicken tenders and glazed meatloaf, to veggie-packed feasts (hello, butternut squash mac and cheese!), you'll find ideas that will fulfill your kid's dinner dreams and please the adults, too. We’ve rounded up all the Sunday family meals, healthy dinner dishes and make-ahead recipes you’ll need for months of easy weeknight dinners. Here are our favorite fresh, fail-proof family dinner ideas.

If you're in need of inspiration for various proteins, we’ve got plenty of vegan dishes and vegetarian recipes, along with heavier fare like beef stroganoff, steak recipes with fingerling fries and healthy chicken dinner recipes. Plus, there's no need to stress about time. Many of these dishes can be prepared in under 30 minutes, or have make-ahead components so you can meal prep on the weekend and have dinner on the table in record time for the rest of the week. Time to stop stressing on the weeknights and get ready to dig into a delicious dinner that the whole family will adore. Bon appétit!

Butternut Squash Mac 'n’ Cheese

A dash of cayenne and freshly grated nutmeg round out the creamy, cozy dish that comes together in half an hour.

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Spaghetti and Air Fryer Meatballs

Hectic week? Air fryer meatballs are your knight in shining armor.

Get the Spaghetti and Air Fryer Meatballs recipe.

RELATED: 78 Best Air Fryer Recipes That Are Easy and Delicious

spaghetti and meatballs on a white plate
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Beef and Broccoli

The old tagline, “ready in less time than it takes to order delivery,” rings true: This beef and broccoli is quick. Serve with white or brown rice to soak up all the sauce.

Get the Beef and Broccoli recipe.

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Grilled Lemony Chicken and Kale

Charred chicken breast and kale are well worth taking the time to fire up your grill. We also like to throw some crusty bread on the grates while they’re still hot.

Get the Grilled Lemony Chicken and Kale recipe.

RELATED: 30 Easy Grilled Chicken Recipes That You'll Be Making All Summer

grilled lemony chicken and kale on a dark blue plate with a grilled lemon served on the side
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Saucy Pizza Beans

It's like your family's favorite pepperoni pie with an extra dose of protein, thanks to a can of beans.

Get the Saucy Pizza Beans recipe.

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Air Fryer Salmon Flatbreads

Dress up some store-bought flatbreads with easy, perfectly flaky salmon — made easy in the air fryer — and tangy yogurt sauce.

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air fryer salmon flatbreads with fresh tomatoes and feta cheese
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Saucy Sausage Meatballs

Introduce the kids to new flavors with these meatballs simmered in a cinnamon and orange zest-spiked sauce.

Get the Saucy Sausage Meatballs recipe.

RELATED: 50 Homemade Meatball Recipes That Make the Perfect Family Dinner

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Pierogi with Sautéed Cabbage

Frozen, store-bought pierogi star in this genius, five-ingredient skillet dinner.

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BBQ Chip Chicken

It’s chips. It’s chicken. It’s both. Balance this junk food-tastic main with a gorgeous tomato and green bean salad.

Get the BBQ Chip Chicken recipe.

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Quick Pork Ragu with Ravioli

Buy a good store-bought ravioli to toss with rich, shortcut pork ragu — and don’t forget to pass the Parm.

Get the Quick Pork Ragu with Ravioli recipe.

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Cobb Salad

A composed Cobb salad is like a choose-your-own-adventure for dinner — and we like our adventures covered in crispy bacon.

Get the Cobb Salad recipe.

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cobb salad with soft boiled eggs, tomatoes, bacon, red onion and avocado
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Creamy Corn Pasta

This family favorite is sublime with fresh summer corn, but it’s also delicious with frozen so you can enjoy it year-round.

Get the Creamy Corn Pasta recipe.

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Crab Cakes and Creamy Sauce

Paired with a good salad (and a glass of chilled white wine for the parents), classic crab cakes make a mean main dish.

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California Roll Salad

We love a make-your-own sushi night — on the weekends. For other nights, we like to slap together this crunchy, creamy California roll-in-a-bowl.

Get the California Roll Salad recipe.

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Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Sausage and Green Beans

Do you know how good gnocchi can be when you roast them? We didn’t until we met this sheet pan fave.

Get the Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Sausage and Green Beans recipe.

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Smoky Black Bean and Quinoa Soup

This veggie soup packs in tons of protein and fiber (and flavor!).

Get the Smoky Black Bean and Quinoa Soup recipe.

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Beer-Battered Fish Sandwiches

The easiest way to get kids to try fish? Fry it up and pile it on a buttery, brioche bun (of course).

Get the Beer-Battered Fish Sandwiches recipe.

beer battered fish sandwiches on a hamburger bun
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One-Pot Spaghetti

Elegant but a super kid-friendly dish, this pasta is one of our favorite lazy dinners.

Get the One-Pot Spaghetti recipe.

one pot spaghetti with fresh basil and tomato
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Tandoori Chicken

This super fragrant air fryer chicken comes together in under an hour — no tandoor required. We love it with a fluffy pile of basmati rice on the side.

Get the Tandoori Chicken recipe.

charred tandoori chicken with slices of lemon
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Sticky Tofu Bowl

Glazed in a sticky-sweet sauce and roasted with mushrooms, we could eat this tofu every day.

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sticky tofu bowl with cucumber and white rice
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Garlic Butter Salmon

Everybody loves salmon, and we know very few foods that aren’t improved by butter and garlic. You can even swap in orzo or egg noodles for the rice.

Get the Garlic Butter Salmon recipe.

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Butternut Squash Curry

This sweet, creamy curry is loaded with nutrient-packed winter squash. Go vegan with soy sauce or vegan fish sauce.

Get the Butternut Squash Curry recipe.

butternut squash curry in a white pot
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Peanut Sauce Soba with Crispy Tofu

Dredge tofu in cornstarch and air-fry for the ultimate crispy, protein-packed topper for nutty soba noodles.

Get the Peanut Sauce Soba with Crispy Tofu recipe.

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Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Bring the whole pan to the table for a show-stopping weekday meal.

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Delicata Squash Pizza

Have some tomato-hating kids? This white pie combines provolone and blue cheese for a rich, cheesy and tomato-free bite.

Get the Delicata Squash Pizza recipe.

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Shrimp Enchiladas with Zucchini and Corn

These mean, green enchiladas are as fun to look at as they are to eat. Use a good-quality store-bought salsa to make this family favorite even easier.

Get the Shrimp Enchiladas with Zucchini and Corn recipe.

shrimp enchiladas with zucchini and corn in a blue baking dish
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Beef Stroganoff

Juicy steak in a creamy mushroom sauce, served over egg noodles, is pure family-friendly comfort food.

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Green Soup with Crispy Tofu

Learn this formula for making extra-crispy tofu and you'll be using it to top off more than just this creamy soup.

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Tandoori-Spiced Cauliflower Chicken Flatbreads

Serving this robustly-flavored chicken on flatbread means you can fold it up and eat it like a sandwich — if the kids (or you!) prefer.

Get the Tandoori-Spiced Cauliflower Chicken Flatbreads recipe.

tandoori spiced cauliflower chicken flatbreads on a wooden plank
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Pasta with Vodka Sauce

Don’t worry — nearly all the alcohol gets cooked out of this luscious vodka sauce, so it’s super family-friendly.

Get the Pasta with Vodka Sauce recipe.

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Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Red Grapes and Cabbage

Boneless pork tenderloin is ideal for weeknights: The whole dish comes together in under a half hour!

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pork tenderloin with roasted red grapes and cabbage
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Spicy Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Spoon flavorful gochujang shrimp into the lettuce cups before serving, or let your family DIY their dinner.

Get the Spicy Shrimp Lettuce Wraps recipe.

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Summer Rolls

These colorful roll-ups are a great and light dinner alongside a grilled protein.

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rice paper rolls with vegetables inside
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Kale Pesto Pasta

Switch it up from the typical spaghetti and boil broken lasagna noodles for a fun, hearty bite.

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Shrimp Ceviche

Serve this tangy shrimp salad with salty plantain chips to scoop up every last bite. Or, bulk it up with some fluffy white rice.

Get the Shrimp Ceviche recipe.

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Zucchini Linguine

Shredded raw zucchini will warm through when tossed with pasta, cutting down on cooking time. Genius!

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Tomato Soup with Parmesan Crostini

This uber-simple tomato soup with broiled Parmesan toasts is like a lighter version of the classic grilled cheese combo — with all the same flavor.

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tomato soup with parmesan crostini
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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.

Get the Green Curry Shrimp recipe.

green curry shrimp with red onion, fresh cilantro, and white rice
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Chicken with Stewed Peppers and Tomatoes

Sear chicken and veggies in a skillet, then finish the cooking process in the oven for a colorful, one-pan meal.

Get the Chicken with Stewed Peppers and Tomatoes recipe.

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Spinach Artichoke Chicken

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

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Classic Tuna Melt

Affordable, filling, melty-gooey-crunchy perfection.

Get the Classic Tuna Melt recipe.

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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.

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Gochujang Fried Rice

Feel free to add your choice of protein to this just-spicy-enough fried rice, but do NOT skip the runny egg on top.

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gochujang fried rice with an egg on top
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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!

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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.

sautéed chicken and tomatoes with roasted artichokes in a black bowl
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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.

three shrimp rolls in hot dog buns with a side of creamy dip
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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.

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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.

Get the Sheet Pan Chicken Parmesan recipe.

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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.

sesame crusted salmon with roasted radishes and spinach
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Fish and Chips

If you’ve spent any time in the UK, you know that nothing beats a trip to the corner chippy — but we still love these sublimely crunchy air fryer filets. Pair these with our take on mushy peas, which come together quickly in the microwave.

Get the Fish and Chips recipe.

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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.

beef curry and white rice with cilantro and lime
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Gingery Pork Meatball Subs

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

Get the Gingery Pork Meatball Subs recipe.

pork meatball subs with a side of sweet chili pepper sauce
Danielle Daly

Chicken Scarpariello

With tender chicken, juicy sausage and a sweet-sour sauce, this flavorful favorite is enough to feed four.

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chicken scarpariello with red peppers in a white skillet
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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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five ingredient seared salmon with charred green beans
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Pasta e Fagioli

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

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pasta e fagioli in a white bowl and a chunk of parmesan on the side
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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.

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garam masala roasted chicken and cauliflower
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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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Air Fryer Squash Soup

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

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two bowls of butternut squash soup with slices of bread on the side
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Crispy Chicken Salad

This deceptively light weeknight dish is a bit like the McDonald's crispy chicken salad, but — not from McDonald's.

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crispy chicken salad
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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.

Get the Grilled Hanger Steak with Charred Broccolini recipe.

grilled hanger steak with charred broccolini
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