The Ultimate Guide to Family-Friendly Weeknight Recipes [Part 2]

Life is busy and we know it can be challenging to think of new, easy recipes that everyone will love for dinner. Don’t you worry. We’ve done the research for you and found the best weeknight recipes that your family will love, written by food bloggers who know this topic the best.

Without further ado, check out 22 great recipes for you and your family to enjoy on weeknights.

1. In Monkey Slippers – Tortellini with Roasted Root Vegetables

Totellini With Roasted Root Vegetables

You can save money and reduce your carbon footprint by building your menu around the fruits and vegetables that are in season. Root vegetables are in their peak in the fall and winter months, and roasting them up is the perfect way to enjoy them. Adding root vegetables to pasta amps up the nutritional value of the dish, and is a great way to take a seasonal vegetable and create a full meal out of it. 

2. Perry’s Palate – Parmesan Garlic Tilapia Sticks

Parmesan-Garlic Tilapia Sticks

On it’s own, tilapia can be bland. But luckily, it absorbs the flavors of whatever you season it with quite easily, so it’s simple to turn a potentially plain-tasting meal into something even your 3-year-old will love. These “tilapia sticks” achieve exactly that. Give them a try.

3. Shockingly Delicious – Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Chicken Cacciatore

3 Ingredient Chicken Cacciatore

This is a simple, comforting chicken and spicy red sauce over pasta. It’s an easy slow cooker recipe that takes weeknight dinner to a whole new level.

4. Shutterbean – Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

This delicious bacon cheeseburger pizza recipe is easy and fun to make, and surely no one will walk away hungry from savory meal. For the adults, Emma from Shutterbean recommends pairing this with a cold beer. We concur.

5. Aggie’s Kitchen – Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Melts

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Melts

Shredded chicken cooked in the slow cooker is always a great standby dinner during the week. Make it ahead of time and keep it handy for a quick meal the whole family will enjoy. You can change things up by serving these open-faced and cooked under the broiler with extra sauce and cheese. For a healthy bonus you can pair these with a side salad.

6. Mommie Cooks – Pizza Lasagna

Pizza Lasagna

Pizza + Lasagna: Two family favorites come together in this comforting and delicious dish. This is a really great “make-ahead” meal that you can make, freeze and then have on hand for especially busy nights.

7. Healthy-Jasmine – Kid-Friendly Rice and Beans

Kid Friendly Red Beans and Rice

This dish has a spicy cajun flair. You can sneak more vegetables into the dish by adding shredded carrots or opting for “cauliflower rice” instead of (also healthy) Basmati rice.

8. For the Love of Cooking – Turkey Burgers With Dill Garlic Mayonnaise

Greek Turkey Burgers With Dill Garlic Mayonnaise

Add roasted red peppers, kalamata olives and onion to ground turkey to make a flavorful burger your whole family will love. You can cook up the burgers on a skillet or use this recipe on an outdoor grill in the summer.

9. Food Allergy Mama – Chicken and Brocollini Mac-N-Cheese

Chicken and Broccolini With Cheese

With a few alterations on the cheese and pasta choices, you can easily make this recipe allergy-friendly depending on your needs (dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free etc.) It takes just a few minutes of prep work and 20 minutes of baking time to create this warm and creamy dish that is perfect for busy weeknights.

10. Chocolate Moosey – Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Soup

Cheesy Buffalo and Chicken Soup

This is a spicy, cheddar cheese soup that warms you right up with fresh chicken.  It’s inspired by everyone’s favorite buffalo chicken wings. The whole family is sure to enjoy it.

11. Treat-A-Week – Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey Meatloaf

There are so many variations on this classic dish. In this version, Treat-A-Week recommends using rolled oats or gluten-free breadcrumbs, adding to the nutritional value.

12. The Splattered Apron - Honey Mustard Salmon

Honey Mustard Salmon

This recipe from The Splattered Apron is sure to please. Salmon has tons of healthy protein, and the honey mustard sauce gives it a special twist and makes this version something everyone in the family will love. It takes just five minutes to prep this dish before you pop it in the oven to bake for about 20 minutes.

13. Everyday Tastes – Chicken Pot Pie Puffs

Chicken Pot Pie Puffs

If a meal can be cute, Everyday Taste’s Chicken Pot Pie Puffs certainly are. This dish is surprisingly simple to make. In fact, you probably already have the ingredients in your pantry and freezer! Give it a try.

14. Guilty Kitchen – Roasted Chicken

Roasted Chicken

Roasted chicken sounds fancy, but it actually takes just a few minutes to prep and it’s totally attainable for a weeknight meal. Pair this recipe with a side salad or vegetable for a comforting and healthy dinner the whole family will enjoy and use leftovers for other dishes later in the week.

15. Our Best Bites – Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuna Noodle Casserole is a classic recipe, and in this post Sara from Our Best Bites offers a couple of tips on how to make it all your own. (For example, she recommends changing up the “bread crumb” topping however you see fit – try Ritz crackers, potato chips, toasted Panko bread crumbs… try them all!)

16. Sweet Happy Life – Butternut Squash Mac-N-Cheese With Tofu

Butternut Squash Mac N Cheese

This recipe sneaks in protein and nutrients by adding butternut squash and tofu into an old classic recipe. The verdict? Toddler (and husband!) tested and approved according to Ari from Sweet Happy Life. She served hers with a side of fresh veggies. Give it a try.

17. 365 Days of Crockpot – Slow Cooker Beef Stronganoff

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

This is a dish you can make ahead of time and have set for the entire week.  This recipe is gluten and dairy free, so it’s allergy friendly and a little healthier.

18. Finest Chef – Spaghetti with Pesto Sauce

 Spaghetti With Pesto Sauce

Change up the traditional marinara sauce + spaghetti combination and go for the just-as-simple pesto sauce with Finest Chef’s recipe. You can add roasted vegetables or pre-cooked chicken to crank up the nutrition in this dish.

19. Chick in the Kitchen – Finest Huevos Rancheros

Chicken In The Kitchen

Huevos Rancheros is a traditional Mexican egg dish typically served for a large mid-morning meal. But we aren’t much for rules – who says that can’t be delicious for dinner? Eggs are usually a hit with kids to begin with, and the cinnamon, cumin, cloves, and cilantro combined with the tomatoes make an unexpectedly bold and flavorful sauce for this meal. Serve with a salad or rice on the side to made it a full meal.

20. How I Pinch a Penny – Crockpot Lasagna

Crockpot Lasagna

According to Sarah from How I Pinch a Penny, this recipe is kid-tested and approved. They loved it. Layer the sauce, noodles and cheese in your Crockpot, let it simmer for a few hours, and it’ll be ready for you. It’s a great meal to make ahead of time.

21. Little Bit Funky – Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup Little Bit Funky’s Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe is another easy recipe to pull together in your Crockpot and save for busy weeknights or to keep on handy when someone gets sick.

22. Zesty Cook – Simple Sear Salmon 

Orange Ginger SalmonLet Zesty Cook show you how to take ingredients you probably already have in your refrigerator and pantry (cornmeal, ginger, orange juice) and turn them into a delicious sauce for your salmon. Pair this with vegetables for a filling, healthy meal.

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Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipes

In the comments, tell us which of these recipes is your favorite!

In case you missed it, be sure to check out Part 1 of our four-part series on family-friendly weeknight recipes. And, here is part 3!

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