Family Dinner Ideas & Recipes

Here are our best dinner ideas for the family to keep your weeknight dinners stress-free and family-approved. Find over 2,470 recipes for family dinners here on Allrecipes.

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Baked Parmesan-Crusted Chicken

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This kid friendly, quick, and easy baked chicken makes great leftovers for chicken salad!

Simple Hamburger Stroganoff

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I've always loved the taste of a good Stroganoff, but I hated the expense and preparation of beef tips or steak or roast beef to make it. So I created my own creamy Stroganoff.

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

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This is a recipe that we have made in our family for many years--everyone loves it. It's a very basic and easy variation on mac 'n cheese.

Slow Cooker Cilantro-Lime Chicken Tacos

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This has quickly become one of our favorite dinners in our house. My husband and I add jalapenos and hot sauce. My son loves these topped with cheese and sour cream as well. It's from a bunch of different recipes; I just took out what I loved most about each one and threw it together. It's quick and easy, and with the leftover chicken (when there is any) I make a pot pie or chicken and dumplings.

Sloppy Tots

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Kid-favorite, quick and easy meal for a busy night.

Italian Turkey Zoodles

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This is an easy low-carb pasta with tomato meat sauce that is so yummy, and has a mild kick.

Cabbage Balushka or Cabbage and Noodles

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This Hungarian favorite is cabbage, onions, and egg noodles cooked in butter. Salt and pepper to taste. So easy, so good.

My Kid's Favorite Pork Chops

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This is a no-brainer. You can either cook these on top of the range or throw them into the oven on a low temperature. Serve with white rice.

Hamburger Steak with Onions and Gravy

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An easy-to-make classic featuring tasty hamburger 'steaks' smothered in gravy and onions. Traditionally served with hot white rice or potatoes, it's a great way to dress up a pound of ground beef and you probably have all the ingredients on hand!

Southern Fried Cabbage with Bacon, Mushrooms, and Onions

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Fattening? Oh yeah. Worth it? Oh yeah!

Easy Mexican Casserole

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This is an easy and very tasty dish. I often substitute ground turkey and low fat dairy products and it is still delicious! Serve with chips, salsa and green salad.

Cheesy Sausage Lasagna Soup

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This is a great hearty soup... Tastes just like lasagna in a bowl. Serve with warm crusty bread for a perfect winter meal.

Inspiration and Ideas

7 Easy Family Dinners

Cooking for the family doesn't have to be a big deal. Get ready for a week of fuss-free family meals.

Baked Chicken Nuggets

"Our entire family loved this, and that is hard to do!" – Janet80

Easy Baked Chicken Tenders

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A wholesome twist on the classic favorite chicken tenders....I personally would prefer these baked over fried any day!