In a dinner rut and tired of trying to please everyone? Here are 21 easy family dinner recipes to try–there is something for everyone!
Ever hear, “you can’t please all of the people ALL of the time?” Nothing holds more true in my house during dinner time! Everyone has such a broad range of likes and dislikes that it’s really hard to please all 5 of us in one night (although it’s been done)!
Instead, I try to make meals everyone likes…they just might be on different nights of the week. If someone doesn’t like what we’re having, they are old enough to have some alternatives to make them themselves! I don’t stress about it!
21 Easy Family Dinner Recipes
These different family dinner ideas just focus on simple. When you are trying to please many people with food, typically elaborate type meals don’t fly–at least in my house! I save those nights for “date nights” for my hubby and me who are both foodies and LOVE trying new things!
Save elaborate meals for special occasions or when you know who you are cooking for will appreciate it. For busy weeknights meals, just stick to the basics, girl!
Kid-Friendly Dinner Recipes
Did someone say PIZZA??! That’s definitely one word that will bring everyone to the table! These homemade pizza pockets are really easy and everyone can create their own!
These are always a hit in my house! Everyone can kind of “customize” their own part of the nachos and then dig into their “area” when they come out of the oven! Or you can even do smaller, individual pans. Rotisserie chicken tossed with a little taco seasoning works perfectly here!
I LOVE this recipe because it pleases everyone in my house, it’s EASY and the leftovers are divine!
Once again, tacos for the win! If you haven’t tried oven baking them and melting the cheese, you need to try this immediately! It’s so delish!
Quick Meals on a Budget
6. Sloppy Joes
These 5 Ingredient Sloppy Joes have been on my dinner rotation well before we had kids! They are just so simple, yet so delish! Totally takes me back to my childhood!! There are only 5 ingredients and ground beef isn’t super pricey, so this is a fantastic budget-friendly dinner idea!
I can buy lean ground turkey for around $2.99/lb and the other ingredients like mozzarella can be used in so many other meals. Save the lasagna noodles to make this recipe again!
A pack of tortillas, 1 can of refried beans, and some shredded cheese are all you need for this super quick dinner idea! These are also great if you have any leftover grilled chicken or taco meat to use up. Super hearty and cheap!
9.Brunch for Dinner
Pancakes, eggs, and some fruit! Super inexpensive and easy breezy! This is one I can get my whole family to agree on!
Did you know you can bake potatoes in the crockpot?? They turn out great every time! Top with some bacon bits, cheese, sour cream, and broccoli for the adults 🙂
Rice and bone-in chicken might be one of the cheapest ingredient combos on the planet! LOL! But they sure work well in this one-dish family dinner!
Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipes
Anything wrapped in a tortilla is usually safe at my house! These Tex Mex Chicken wraps are great for busy weeknights because they use rotisserie chicken to make it quick and simple. The leftovers are perfect for lunch the next day!
10 minutes of prep time and you’re DONE! This is one you definitely have to add to your weeknight rotation!
It really doesn’t get much easier than this! Turkey meatballs work great for this dish!
The first time I made this, I was literally SHOCKED at how easy it was! The secret ingredient here is tomato paste!! And yes, maybe the Vodka 🙂
I’ll admit, my kids just love the sausage and pick over the peppers but served over rice or pasta, it’s still usually a hit! Easy breezy!
Sunday Family Dinner Ideas
Sunday dinner in 15 minutes??! YES PLEASE! I love serving it alongside Trader Joe’s mashed potatoes (ready in 3 minutes!) and green beans.
This meat sauce simmers all day to absolute perfection! Meanwhile, all you have to do is boil up some pasta!
19. Retro Goulash
This is one retro dish I can never get enough of! Pile it high with cheese for the kiddos and it will be an instant hit!
20. French Bread Pizza
21. Chicken Pot Pie
A good, hearty classic recipe that everyone loves! Use some rotisserie chicken and premade (canned) biscuits to make this sooooo easy!!! It’s delish, I promise! We have made this many times!!!!
There you have it! This post was all about easy family dinner recipes that will bring everyone to the table!