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Easy Weeknight Recipes for Busy Families

Now that we’ve all settled into school and work routines, it’s time to think about easy but delicious ways to feed your family at home. For today’s busy, on-the-go families, getting a nutritious meal on the dinner table can be a daunting task.

Whether you’re shuttling kids to and from soccer practice, helping with homework, or dealing with moody toddlers, planning ahead can make dinnertime much simpler. We’ve gathered some easy weeknight recipes that we think you’ll love.

Shrimp Saganaki (Greek Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta)

Featuring jumbo-sized shrimp, this tasty meal (see below) can be prepared in thirty minutes and served straight from the skillet.  Use canned diced tomatoes, or substitute fresh tomatoes in season–either way, this dish is packed with flavor. A green salad and bread can complete the meal.

Greek shrimp - easy weeknight recipes

Greek shrimp with tomatoes and feta is sure to please.

Cheeseburger cups for kids

Cheeseburger cups are kid-friendly and easy to prepare.

Cheeseburger Cups

With only seven ingredients, this recipe (see above) is simple and kid-friendly as well. Refrigerated biscuits serve as the crust, and browned ground beef mixed with seasonings provides the filling. Topped with cheese, these small bites are bound to please the whole family.

Creamy Lemon Chicken with Wild Rice

From comes this recipe for a tasty one-pot meal (see below). Using bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, you can prepare this dish in ten minutes, bake it for one hour, and serve your family this wonderful meal. While the chicken bakes in the oven, you prepare the wild rice, then combine all the elements in the skillet and serve. The lemon sauce is the perfect finish!

Creamy lemon chicken with wild rice

Creamy lemon chicken with wild rice is a simple but nourishing meal.

Pizza spaghetti casserole is easy to bake

Pizza spaghetti casserole is a crowd-pleaser for busy weeknight dining.

Pizza Spaghetti Casserole

Most kids like pizza and spaghetti, so why not combine the two? That’s exactly what this recipe (see above) does. Start with cooked spaghetti noodles, and add cooked Italian sausage, pepperoni, and cheese. Use jarred pasta sauce, and this dish can be on the table in about forty-five minutes.

Easy Korean Beef Rice Bowls

This recipe (see below) can be prepared in only fifteen minutes. While the rice cooks, brown the meat; then add the veggies and the sauce all in one pan. Use thinly sliced carrots, bell peppers, celery, and mushrooms, or frozen vegetables such as broccoli. Not a fan of beef? Substitute ground chicken or pork. Easily adapted to suit the tastes of your family, this recipe can be a lifesaver on a busy night.

Korean beef rice bowls

Korean beef rice bowls can be a tasty and nutritious meal.

Weeknight recipes include taco pie

If your family likes Mexican food, serve this delicious taco pie.

Taco Pie

If your family likes Mexican food, this taco pie (see above) might be the perfect weeknight meal for you. Seasoned ground beef is covered with a creamy, cheesy cornbread topping. Fresh or frozen corn, peppers, and canned green chiles add to the flavor. With only fifteen minutes of hands-on preparation, this dish is quick and easy. Add toppings like sour cream, avocado, and cilantro if you wish.

Trisha Yearwood’s Crockpot Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese just might be the ultimate comfort food, and this crockpot version (see right) results in a creamy, delicious meal. Use sharp cheddar, pepper jack, parmesan, or any cheese your family likes. For added creaminess, use a bit of cream cheese as well. You can add bacon, broccoli, ham, or other proteins, or you can enjoy it just as it is.

Trisha Yearwood's crockpot mac & cheese

Trisha Yearwood’s crockpot mac and cheese might become a family favorite.

Weeknight recipes are fun and delicious

We hope you’ll find these weeknight recipes helpful in the nightly struggle of getting dinner on the table. And, remember, don’t be too hard on yourself. An occasional fast-food meal won’t hurt and can come to your rescue on a particularly frantic evening. Happy dining!

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