The Ultimate Guide to Family-Friendly Weeknight Recipes [Part 3]

Welcome to part 3 of the Ultimate Guide to Family-Friendly Weeknight Recipes. Another 25 recipes that are easy, quick and tasty!

 1. Viance1-Pot Tomato Basil Pasta

Tomato basil no stir pasta

This is the easiest recipe I’ve found on the web! Throw it all in the pot, bring to a boil and let simmer until most of the liquid is dissolved. Amazing! Lots of flavor with the herbs and tomatoes as well.

2. Stonefire Authentic FlatbreadsBreakfast Naan Pizza

Breakfast Naan Pizza

Breakfast for dinner or dinner for breakfast. No matter what time of the day you want to serve up this dish it will be sure to please the entire family. Stonefire flatbreads are available at most retailers. Grab a few and have them on hand.

3. Stonefire Authentic FlatbreadsRoasted chicken and arugula Panini

Roasted chicken and arugula Panini

Another easy recipe by just grabbing a pre-made Stonefire Authentic Tandoori Naan. Put the ingredients between the bread, grill or use a panini press if you have one, and dinner, lunch, or a tasty snack is complete.

4. Running with WrinklesTuna Melt With Homemade Chips

Tuna melt with homemade chips

Tuna is typically a staple in every pantry. It’s easy, versatile and tasty. StarKist also has new tuna Creations and that offer a variety of flavors to help kick up the flavor profile. Homemade chips means you control the way they are cooked. Baking keeps the fat down. Nutritious and easy!

5. Pineapples & Palm TreesDirect From Italy Chicken Marbella

Direct from Italy Chicken Marsella

This recipe came straight from Italy. Marinate the chicken for 24 hours (we know that’s more than 15 minutes, but it’s just sitting for those 24 hours!) to infuse all those great flavors and then just sit back and know your elegant dinner is already half done.

6. fusionMomHealthy Broccoli Snacks


The easiest way to get your kids to eat their greens – especially broccoli. Even the pickiest of eaters can’t pass up something deep fried. The light batter and veggies makes this a healthier spin on most or your kids’ fried favorites!


Spicy Caribbean Chicken, Peppers & Goat Cheese

Add a little spice to your weeknight meal along with some Caribbean flare. You can make it as spicy or as mild as you like. The goat cheese helps round out the bold spice. These flavors are sure to please!

8. Caribbean Shopping ChannelJamaican Jerk Chicken


Classic Jamaican Jerk Chicken is easier than you think and its also very light and healthy. The bold spice mixed with sweet mango salad gives this dish a perfect balance. Go Caribbean a few nights a week.

9. what i VeganPasta with Sauce and Veggies from the Freezer


Now this is a meal you can throw together quick. Plus, it uses frozen veggies which I always have on hand. Use broccoli, peas or whatever veggies you like.

10. funnermother.comClever Pumpkin Pie

Clever Pumpkin Pie

Now this is really one clever recipe! Light and gluten free. Using the blender makes for easy clean up too. Serve with toasted nuts or frozen yogurt.

11. MommyHiker.comRoasted Broccoli and Pancetta Quiche


Quiche has long been a family favorite. It’s quick, easy and you can throw just about anything you have on hand in them to make them tasty and healthy. This recipe uses a pre-made frozen pie crust along with salty pancetta. If you haven’t heard of pancetta, it is a very tasty Italian alternative to using bacon or ham. Use low fat milk and low fat cheeses to lighten this up even more!

12.  MommyHiker.comRoquefort Stuffed Chicken Provençal


The writer of this recipe stated she first made it 8 years ago and shared the meal with her husband under candlelight with white wine. She also stated now she watches her kids enjoy this meal and loving the Roquefort cheese and leeks! It’s elegant and easy for any occasion or any night of the week.

13. MommyHiker.comFresh Shrimp Spring Rolls


Asian meals are often quick and easy, but this one is healthy too!

14. Gluten free on a shoestringQuick & Easy Cornflake Crusted Chicken Nuggets


My daughter’s favorite food is chicken nuggets. It’s easy to grab and microwave the frozen ones but these are just as easy and way better for your family! Takes 22 minutes from start to finish. Serve with some spicy mustard or your family’s favorite condiment.

15. Gluten free on a shoestringSouthwest Turkey Burgers


I have recently become in love with turkey burgers and southwest flavors are another one of my favorites. Ground turkey has very little flavor and dries out easily. This recipe includes feta cheese, bold spices and stays moist by using ground dark meat over the white meat. Fall in love with turkey burgers all over again!

16. Virginia’s Easy Living SolutionsJambalaya


When you think of Jambalaya, you probably think long cooking time and lots of ingredients. This recipe doesn’t require a lot of ingredients and is finished in 35 minutes without compromising flavor. This dish also is made all in one pot making clean up just as easy as the cooking!

17. Be Healthy, Be Happy WellnessLast minute Mexican Meal!

Last Minute Mexican Meal

I absolutely love Mexican dishes. They are packed with flavor and you can be as creative as you want with the ingredients. I tried this recipe a few months ago and it has become a new weeknight family favorite!

18. Flavor BombsLinguini with White Clam Sauce


Here is a dish that screams elegant and yet it is so easy and quick. Just be sure when you are cooking the clams to throw out the ones that do not open because that means they have gone bad.

19. Chef Alejandra SchraderMama Irene’s Stuffed Peppers


This recipe comes from the chef’s mother-in-law. It’s not only easy, but a great comfy meal for any size family. Reminds me of my Grandma’s homemade stuffed peppers just a lot easier and quicker!

20. Sundae BrunchChicken Tikka Tacos

Chicken Tikka Tacos

Don’t let all the ingredients scare you off. This recipe is still super fast. You can also boost the flavor and cut out a few ingredients by using Saffron Roads Mikka Masala Simmer Sauce available in stores and online.

21. Dr. John La PumaMandarin Chicken With Almonds

mandarin chicken wtih almonds

This dish is very easy and packed with flavor and nutrition. Dr. La Puma says almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-promoting fats found in olive oil, which are associated with reduced risk of heart disease. If you don’t have time to prep the chicken, grab one at your local grocery store that is already roasted. Great way to get rid of leftover chicken as well.

22. Dr. John La PumaNavy Bean and Collard Green Soup

navy bean and collard greens

This soup takes only 35 minutes from start to finish. Dr. La Puma also points out that when you chop or chew collard greens, you get the powerful, helpful chemicals isothiocyanates and indole-3-carbinol. They help your liver produce enzymes that detoxify cancer-causing toxins in your body. Also, use the firm tofu so it holds up to the liquid and gives the soup great texture.

23. Food Network.comGrouper Steamed with Sour Orange Sauce and Martini Relish

Grouper Bobby Flay

I watch a ton of Food Network shows and Bobby Flay is one of my favorite chefs. This famous chef cooks up something super delicious in only 35 minutes. Try this dish and bring out the celebrity chef in you. Perfect for guests and they’ll never know how easy and quick it was to throw together!

24. Go Meals Go! Wellness ConsultingGuiltless Nachos

Guiltless Nachos

Nachos are definitely in my top ten list of favorite things to snack on. I can easily eat an entire plate. With this recipe you can eat the entire plate and not feel that guilty! Next time you are hanging with the family watching movies or snacking on the weekends, make guiltless nachos and take the guilt out of eating this tasty treat!

25. Chef Alejandra SchraderCocoa Cardamom Chicken

Cocoa Cardamom Chicken

Now doesn’t this recipe sound gourmet and chic, and who doesn’t love cocoa? Try this recipe out and impress the pickiest of eaters and the most critical of dinner guests. I haven’t tried it yet, but plan on making it very soon.

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Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipes

What are your favorite recipes from the list? Have any you think we should include? Share your thoughts and let us know in the comments!

And, be sure to check out part 1, part 2 and part 4 of our series of Easy Weeknight Recipes!

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