Our Favorite 12 Easy & Yummy Family Dinner Recipes

During this busy time of the year, dinner has to be easy and kids have to eat it! That is why we have created this collection of our favorite yummy family dinner recipes that the entire family will enjoy.

With the kids going back to school there are approximately a kajillion details that have to be considered.  One that often gets forgotten is that you actually have to feed them when they get home.

AND they are likely going to be hungry!

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So, to make your life easier, I have pulled together some of my favorite easy dinner choices that are sure to please.  Want more ideas?  Check out these Microwave Foods.

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Favorite Easy Family Dinner Recipes

Family Gumbo Recipe

Quick and Healthy Seafood Gumbo – This recipe really is quick and easy.  It is from Kelli at 3 Boys and a Dog and is chocked full of veggies and seafood.  A dash of spice and the option of okra truly makes it a southern favorite.

Quick & Easy Soup Recipe

Cheeseburger Soup – My first thought when I saw this was…of course!  This recipe comes from Andrea of The Greenbacks girl and starts with the base of a hearty potato soup.  Add ground beef and cheddar cheese for the full cheeseburger fun.

Dr. Pepper Pork

One of our most favorite recipes here at Kids Activities Blog has been Dr Pepper pulled pork. It is simple and yummy and the entire family will call this a favorite.

Simple Runza Recipe

Cheeseburger Runza – This is one of my family’s very favorite meals.  What makes it even better is you can double the recipe and the left-overs make awesome additions to lunchboxes for the rest of the week.

Lettuce Wrap Recipe, Please!

PF Chang’s Lettuce Wrap Copycat Recipe – I LOVE these and always order them at PF Chang’s or Pei Wei when we visit.  The amazing thing is that Andrea has made it into a slow cooker recipe…which means it is super easy and quick too!

Italian Chicken to the Rescue Recipes

Chicken Primavera – This flavorful recipe is from Lisa at Life with Lisa.  I was surprised at how quickly this can be made up at the last minute {and you will look like you have been planning all day}.

Try our one pot parmesan chicken recipe – It is super yummy, has the best flavor and one of the easiest ways to cook up a chicken breast.

Easy Slow Cooker Recipes for Dinner

Crockpot Chicken and Noodles – This is another slow cooker recipe from Crystal who is the queen of meal planning.  This is a really yummy dish that is crazy easy.

Crockpot Ravioli – This family favorite from Crystal at Crystal and Comp. has over 100,000 pins on Pinterest!  It is a ridiculously easy recipe that the entire family will adore.

Instant Pot Recipes for Dinner

Yes, you can make meatloaf in instant pot! I didn’t even think about it until I tried this geniusly easy dinner recipe.

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Dinner from a Bag…Not a Take-out One!

Bag your meals.  This collection of recipes make after school dinner prep a breeze!

Taco Night for Dinner

We love our best pork tacos recipe and it is a family dinner favorite. Make a taco bar filled with the family’s favorite taco toppings and smiles will be everywhere.

If you don’t have time for making tacos, check out our homemade taco soup recipe. It is sure to please as well and I love this on a chilly evening.

Family Favorite Eggroll Recipe

Bacon Cheeseburger Eggrolls – Amy from Living Locurto has a super cool recipe to share that successfully combines several of my favorite foods!  How can you go wrong with bacon, cheeseburger AND eggrolls?

Enchilada Recipe

Honey-Lime Chicken Enchiladas – Cheryl from Tidy Mom has whipped up something that sounds absolutely AMAZING to me.  I can’t wait to try this recipe with my family.

FAST Chicken Recipe

My 2 Minute Chicken Recipe – This is what I make when I know we will have absolutely NO time to prep for dinner.  I shared it over at Spoonful with ways you can make it into nachos and tacos as well.  It goes great with Cilantro-Lime Rice {also one of my favs!}.

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Meal Plan Help for Dinner

Check out this free printable meal planner which will get us all off on the right meal-plannin’ foot this fall.  She has literally written THE book on meal planning, How to Meal Plan:  A Step by Step Guide for Busy Moms and I learn so much from how she plans…it is easier than I thought it would be!

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What is your favorite easy dinner recipe?


  1. Thank you so much for including some of my recipes, my free printable and my eBook in this roundup. You are so awesome, Holly.

    And, I am off to check out that 2 minute chicken. Sounds perfect for busy families.

  2. Thanks so much for including my gumbo! Living on the gorgeous Alabama Gulf Coast, we have lots of seafood dishes, but Gumbo is the most requested!

    I have pinned this to my “recipes to try” board so I can remember to check out the other yummy tummy sounding soups, stews, and such!

  3. These all sound delicious! Thanks for sharing some great ideas!

  4. Easy meals? I ™m there! My son was looking over my shoulder as I was reading this article and he says that the cheeseburger soup needs to be put in our meal rotation 🙂 Thank you for linking up this week to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop 🙂

  5. All of these recipes sound SO good! Loving your 2 minute chicken. Will be making that for sure!

  6. Oh thanks Jessica! Have fun with it…reminds me I should make that for tonight!

  7. Great ideas for easy dinners! I know I sure need that. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

  8. Oh great list Holly!! I’m always looking for easy dinner recipes!! thanks for sharing my enchiladas!

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