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These family dinner ideas will bring your family together to eat, talk, laugh, and build relationships! It doesn’t have to be fancy or take hours to prepare, all you need is good food and the ones you love.

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A collage of several family dinner ideas.

Make family dinner a must!!

Life is busy, and it’s often hard to get everyone in the same place at the same time. That’s why when we can, we eat together!! Here are some family dinner ideas to help you get started!

Family dinners can have benefits beyond filling your bellies. 

  • It provides an opportunity to ask questions and to share about your day. Having a jar of conversation starters on hand can help spark conversation.
  • Allows children, and parents, to practice their table manners. 
  • Family dinners tend to be more nutritious and children are exposed to a bigger variety of foods.
  • I also read that “kids who eat family meals have a lower chance of engaging in high-risk behaviors such as substance use and violence, and fewer psychological problems”.
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Tips to Help them Happen

Between work hours, homework, and other extracurricular activities the evenings can often be full and tiring and the goal of a family dinner can seem impossible. Some ideas to help them happen and to make them fruitful include:

  • Schedule them. Look at your week and pick the days that work for you. Some weeks may only have 1 or 2 days free and others may have more. Let all the family members know when they will be.
  • Plan the menu. Get input from your family on what meals they would like to have. Include meals that you can whip up quickly or that you can make ahead of time. Our Weekly Meal Plans help too!
  • Involve the family. When possible have the family members help prepare the food and have them pitch in the cleanup.
  • Be present. Turn off the TV and leave phones on the counter. 
Fettuccine alfredo on a white plate - one of our favorite family dinner ideas.

Calculating how much you’ll need

When family dinner consists of those who live in your home you probably mastered exactly how much your family will eat, but when you start adding extended family it can be a bit harder to estimate. The following amounts are based on the dish being served as the main entre:

  • Meat dish. Plan on serving each adult 6 to 8 ounces of meat. Children will only need 3-4 ounces.
  • Casseroles. A 9×13 casserole will typically yield about 12 one-cup servings.
  • Pasta dish. Plan for 2-2.5 ounces of pasta per person.
  • Soup. Plan for 1.5 cups of soup per person. One gallon of soup should feed about 10-12 people.
  • Salad. Plan for 2.5 ounces of lettuce per person, then add an appropriate amount of toppings to match.
Brisket and mashed potatoes served on a white plate.

QUICK AND EASY, EVEN WHEN COOKING FOR A CROWD

Make ahead of time. Many main dishes can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge or freezer to be cooked later.

  • To easily get a stockpile of freezer meals simply double a recipe you are already making and freeze half of it.
  • Be sure to use a freezer-safe container. Large resealable plastic bags are great. 
  • Meals can typically be frozen for 3-6 months. Thaw overnight before reheating.
  • Many recipes call for cooked chicken. Having Shredded Chicken in the freezer helps when making dinner. 

Slow cooker. Whether you’re cooking for a large group or a smaller family dinner utilizing the crock pot can get dinner on the table in the evening quickly and easily. You can make everything from beef roast to lasagna in the slow cooker.

Casseroles. Throwing together a casserole or a pasta bake (or two) is a quick and easy way to feed a crowd. They can often be prepared hours before needing to be baked in the oven. Since they often include protein, vegetables, and carbohydrates you don’t often need very many side dishes if at all.

Double it. Choose recipes that can be doubled easily so that cooking for a large group doesn’t get overwhelming.


Crock Pot Dinners

These easy, set-it-and-forget-it-style dinners make a perfect weeknight dinner! As long as I set a reminder in the morning, my afternoons are stress-free! There are plenty of easy dinner recipes to choose from!

Crock Pot Brisket

Juicy and delicious meat, easily made in your slow cooker! This crock pot brisket is so tender it just falls apart.

1 Crock Pot Brisket Recipe

Main Course Crock Pot Brisket Recipe
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

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5 from 303 votes
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Crock Pot Spaghetti

We make this yummy crock pot spaghetti all the time! Buttery noodles topped with a flavorful meaty sauce—DELISH!

2 Crockpot Spaghetti

Main Course Crockpot Spaghetti
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Pot Roast

This crock pot roast recipe is one of our favorite Sunday dinners. It takes only 3 minutes of prep time and then the slow cooker does the rest! The chuck roast ends up being SO tender and full of flavor from the brown gravy, Italian, and ranch dressing mix! 

3 Crock Pot Pot Roast

Main Course Crock Pot Pot Roast
Total Time: 7 hours 5 minutes

Recipe Video

4.99 from 119 votes
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Green Chile Burritos

The easiest green chile burritos require just a few ingredients, including a seasoned chuck roast and 505 green chile sauce. The whole family loves them!

4 Green Chile Burritos Recipe

Main Course Green Chile Burritos Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
5 from 35 votes
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Crockpot Lasagna

Classic lasagna made in the slow cooker! This delicious crock pot recipe has all the layers of noodles, cheese, sauce and meat that everyone loves but made more simply.

5 Crockpot Lasagna Recipe

Main Course Crockpot Lasagna Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 55 minutes

Recipe Video

4.92 from 12 votes
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Crock Pot Mongolian Beef

Delicious crock pot Mongolian beef loaded with carrots and asparagus is SO simple to make. Your crock pot does all the work!!

6 Crock Pot Mongolian Beef Recipe

Main Course Crock Pot Mongolian Beef Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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French Dip Sandwich

These low maintenance French dip sandwiches are made with hearty beef and melted provolone cheese on a buttery toasted bun, and dipped in au jus!

7 French Dip Sandwich Recipe

French Dip Sandwiches
Main Course French Dip Sandwich Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 45 minutes
4.94 from 15 votes
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Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken

This slow cooker shredded chicken is juicy and flavorful. It is Beyond simple and is great for holidays, parties and potlucks!

8 Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Recipe

Main Course Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 42 votes
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Crockpot Ranch Chicken

You’ll love how simple, yet flavorful, this delicious chicken is. Made entirely in the crockpot, creamy ranch chicken is perfect on its own or served over rice.

9 Crockpot Ranch Chicken

Main Course Crockpot Ranch Chicken
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes
4.75 from 8 votes
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Pulled Pork

This delicious and easy pulled pork recipe is one that is made in the slow cooker and takes just minutes to prep!

10 Pulled Pork Recipe

Main Course Pulled Pork Recipe
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

Recipe Video

4.98 from 46 votes
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Sweet Pork Barbacoa

Sweet pork barbacoa is the best slow cooker pulled pork recipe you will ever try. Better than Cafe Rio—you better make a double batch!

11 Sweet Pork Barbacoa Recipe

Main Course Sweet Pork Barbacoa Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 23 votes
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Crack Chicken

Crack chicken in a crock pot is simple and tasty. Everyone is sure to love this creamy, cheesy chicken dish.

12 Crack Chicken Recipe

Main Course Crack Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Carnitas Tacos

Tender pulled pork makes up these delicious carnitas tacos! These tacos are super flavorful and really easy to make for dinner with the help of a crock pot.

13 Carnitas Tacos

Main Course Carnitas Tacos
Total Time: 9 hours 10 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 9 votes
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Best Slow Cooker Pork Chops

These simple and delicious slow cooker pork chops are sure to become a family favorite. They are so tender and juicy and are topped with an amazing gravy that we love to serve over the chops and mashed potatoes!

14 Best Slow Cooker Pork Chops

Main Course Best Slow Cooker Pork Chops
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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Crock Pot Pork Roast

Prepare to be amazed by this ultra tender, fall off the bone crock pot pork roast. It only takes a handful of ingredients to make, including the complimentary gravy.

15 Crock Pot Pork Roast

Main Course Crock Pot Pork Roast
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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Pork Tacos

Pork tacos made simple using slow cooker pork and all of your favorite taco toppings! These tacos are flavorful, easy to make, and a big crowd pleaser.

16 Pork Tacos Recipe

Main Course Pork Tacos Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes

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5 from 8 votes
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Dr. Pepper Ribs

Pork ribs cooked in Dr. Pepper, grilled to perfection, and smothered in BBQ sauce. These Dr. Pepper ribs are fall off the bone delicious!

17 Dr. Pepper Ribs Recipe

Main Course Dr. Pepper Ribs Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
4.89 from 27 votes
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BAKED DINNERS

There is something delicious even for the pickiest eater. These baked dinners are perfect for gathering around the table and enjoying a meal together.

Buttery Baked Chicken

Creamy buttery baked chicken is simple and full of flavor. It is another great dinner idea for any occasion!!

18 Buttery Baked Chicken Recipe

Main Course Buttery Baked Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
5 from 49 votes
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Chicken Pot Pie

This chicken pot pie is the definition of comfort food! It’s warm, rich with flavor, full of veggies, and has the best flaky crust.

19 Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Main Course Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 38 votes
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Chicken Noodle Casserole

Chicken noodle casserole for the dinner win! It’s filled with chicken, noodles, broccoli, carrots, and more, and topped with a butter-y cracker crust making it a flavorful family favorite.

20 Chicken Noodle Casserole Recipe

Main Course Chicken Noodle Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 13 votes
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Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Oven baked chicken drumsticks are a healthy alternative for fried chicken lovers! They are seasoned to perfection and baked, not fried!

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Main Course Chicken Drumsticks in Oven
Total Time: 55 minutes

Recipe Video

4.87 from 43 votes
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Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

Quick and easy healthy chicken dinner. This takes less than 30 minutes to bake, is full of flavor, and will please the whole family! 

22 Honey Mustard Chicken Recipe

Main Course Honey Mustard Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 1 day 30 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Ritz Cracker Chicken

Crispy cheddar chicken is coated in sour cream, cheddar cheese, and ritz cracker crumbs and baked to crispy perfection. Top it with a creamy sauce, and it’s to die for!

23 Ritz Cracker Chicken Recipe

Main Course Ritz Cracker Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Recipe Video

4.97 from 95 votes
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Baked Chicken Nuggets

Homemade chicken nuggets are easy to make and packed with flavor! Much tastier than the frozen or fast-food options, these nuggets are healthy and delicious.

24 Baked Chicken Nuggets Recipe

Main Course Baked Chicken Nuggets Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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Broccoli Cheese Casserole

A creamy combination of broccoli and cheese, topped with a crunchy Ritz cracker topping! Even your pickiest eaters will love this broccoli cheese casserole!

25 Broccoli Cheese Casserole Recipe

Main Course Broccoli Cheese Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 30 votes
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Baked Chicken Chimichangas

Everyone loves chimichangas! This baked chicken chimichanga recipe is stuffed with rice, chicken, cheese and more. Such a simple dinner recipe that is so delicious and perfect to add to the monthly menu.

26 Baked Chicken Chimichanga Recipe

Main Course Baked Chicken Chimichanga Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 126 votes
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Chicken And Dumpling Casserole

This chicken and dumpling casserole is comfort food made easy. Canned biscuits and cream of chicken soup help speed up this hearty casserole.

27 Chicken and Dumpling Casserole Recipe

Main Course Chicken and Dumpling Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.84 from 30 votes
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Baked Pesto Chicken

Chicken breast halves covered in basil pesto, baked with mozzarella cheese and tomatoes. So easy, but SO delicious!

28 Baked Pesto Chicken Recipe

Main Course Baked Pesto Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 19 votes
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Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Creamy chicken enchiladas with sour cream are simple and tasty! With 10 minutes prep, these are a weeknight staple.

29 Creamy Chicken Enchilada Recipe

Main Course Creamy Chicken Enchilada Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Recipe Video

4.99 from 149 votes
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Enchilada Casserole

Enchilada casserole is simple, requires no rolling, and is a comforting family favorite—perfect for weeknights!

30 Beef Enchilada Casserole Recipe

Main Course Beef Enchilada Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 42 votes
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Spaghetti Casserole

Spaghetti casserole is the definition of comfort food! Hearty, delicious, and an easy way to make and eat spaghetti.

31 Spaghetti Casserole Recipe

Main Course Spaghetti Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 139 votes
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Taco Pie

I really think you’ll like this pie, especially if you’re a fan of Mexican casseroles and taco salads (that’s what I feel this recipe is a combination of). It’s delicious!

32 Taco Pie Recipe

Main Course Taco Pie Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 16 votes
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Tamale Pie

Tamale pie is bursting with spice and hearty meat with a fabulous crust of tamale goodness and filled with beef, chiles, cheese and more. It is a delicious one pan meal and easy to make!

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Main Course Tamale Pie Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 13 votes
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Beef Enchiladas

Shredded beef enchiladas made with Just 6 ingredients! This easy dinner idea is a crowd pleaser and is filled with corn, beef, green chiles, cheese and covered in red sauce.

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Main Course Beef Enchiladas
Total Time: 30 minutes

Recipe Video

4.93 from 78 votes
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Mayo Parmesan Chicken Bake

A delicious parmesan chicken bake that is simple, yet full of flavor, and takes little prep time.

35 Mayo Parmesan Chicken Recipe

Main Course Mayo Parmesan Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 126 votes
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Cheeseburger Casserole

Hearty cheeseburger casserole is filled with ground beef and pasta, and oozing with cheese! It really is everything but the bun.

36 Cheeseburger Casserole Recipe

Main Course Cheeseburger Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 33 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Easy Meatball Recipe

This homemade meatball recipe is way better than store bought, and easy too – they take minutes to put together! Made from ground beef mixed with parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder, milk, and eggs. These ground beef meatballs are perfect alone or mixed in with pasta!

37 Easy Meatball Recipe

Appetizer, Main Course Easy Meatball Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 203 votes
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Italian Pork Chops

These Italian pork chops require just a few ingredients and are baked in the oven with loads of veggies. Have it ready and on the table in just 30 minutes!

38 Italian Pork Chops Recipe

Main Course Italian Pork Chops Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 25 votes
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Smothered Pork Chops

This creamy lemon & thyme smothered pork chops recipe always gets rave reviews. It’s flavorful and ready in 35 minutes or less.

39 Smothered Pork Chops Recipe

Main Course Smothered Pork Chops Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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Taco Casserole

This delicious taco casserole is like a taco salad in casserole form! With a ground beef and biscuit base, plus layers of sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and olives, this casserole is the perfect way to switch up your dinner routine.

40 Taco Casserole Recipe

Main Course Taco Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 110 votes

Easy Lasagna Recipe

Our family’s favorite lasagna recipe – not only because it’s delicious but because it’s so EASY! You don’t even have to precook the lasagna noodles! With beef, pork, three cheeses, and tons of seasonings, you know this recipe is going to be a hit!

41 Easy Lasagna Recipe

Main Course Easy Lasagna Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes

Recipe Video

4.88 from 88 votes
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soups

Soups are tasty easy family dinner ideas! They can simmer all day for an easy evening, are filling, and packed with flavor! Many can even be made in the instant pot for whipping up something quick on those busy nights.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

This recipe for homemade chicken noodle soup is one of the easiest, tastiest recipes full of chicken breast chunks, celery, carrots, and home-style egg noodles.

42 Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 30 votes
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Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup

This Copycat Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup tastes just like the restaurant’s version. It is filled with chicken, tomatoes, cheese and red enchilada sauce and is so flavorful and delicious!

43 Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup

Main Course, Soup Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup
Total Time: 40 minutes

Recipe Video

4.98 from 220 votes
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Chicken Dumpling Soup

Our all-time favorite version of one of the most classic soup recipes – chicken and dumplings! This simple, delicious soup is filled with chunks of chicken and pieces of biscuit, along with your favorite veggies!

44 Chicken Dumpling Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Chicken Dumpling Soup Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

Recipe Video

4.97 from 81 votes
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Buffalo Chicken Soup

All the flavors of your favorite appetizer are contained in this delicious buffalo chicken soup. It’s so hearty and tastes just like buffalo wings!

45 Buffalo Chicken Soup Recipe

Soup Buffalo Chicken Soup Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Mexican Chicken Corn Soup

This delicious Mexican soup is filled with chicken, corn, tomatoes, cheese, & lots of seasonings! It’s full of flavor and made in 20 minutes!

46 Mexican Corn Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Mexican Corn Soup Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.96 from 25 votes
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Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup

Crock pot green chile enchilada soup is a new favorite soup packed with chicken, green chiles, corn, rice, and mixed with lots of spices and cheeses. 

47 Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 155 votes
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Green Chili Chicken Soup

Perfectly spiced green chili chicken soup is like an enchilada in soup form! It’s hearty, delicious, and is always a crowd pleaser.

48 Green Chili Chicken Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Green Chili Chicken Soup Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 56 votes
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Turkey Noodle Soup

This hearty turkey soup recipe is flavorful and filled with rotini pasta, celery, carrots and turkey. It’s perfect for fall!

49 25+ Leftover Turkey Recipes

Soup 25+ Leftover Turkey Recipes
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Chicken Florentine Soup

With a combination of chicken, potato, white beans, carrots, spinach and more, this chicken florentine soup is hearty and absolutely delicious. It tastes similar to Olive Garden’s recipe, but it’s made in the slow cooker!

50 Chicken Florentine Soup Recipe

Soup Chicken Florentine Soup Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Chicken Tortilla Soup

The BEST slow cooker chicken tortilla soup is filled with chunks of chicken, beans & corn. It is easy to make and full of flavor!

51 Chicken Tortilla Soup

Main Course, Soup Chicken Tortilla Soup
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 380 votes
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Chicken And Rice Soup

Creamy homemade chicken and rice soup is hearty & flavorful. Best of all, it’s on the table in just 30 minutes!

52 Chicken Rice Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Chicken Rice Soup Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Cheesy Chicken Parmesan Soup

One of your favorite Italian dishes turned into a delicious soup! This cheesy chicken parmesan soup is a creamy tomato-base soup filled with chicken, penne pasta, and of course cheese. The best part – it comes together in less than 30 minutes!

53 Cheesy Chicken Parmesan Soup Recipe

Main Course Cheesy Chicken Parmesan Soup Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 4 votes

Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Such a tasty and simple recipe – this chicken wild rice soup is filled with long grain and wild rice, chicken, carrots, almonds and more!

54 Chicken Wild Rice Soup Recipe

creamy Wild rice soup with chicken in bowl
Soup Chicken Wild Rice Soup Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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White Chicken Chili

If you’re looking for a hearty soup recipe, look no further than this delicious white chicken chili recipe! Loaded with chicken, beans, cheese, and lots of spices, this white chili has become a new favorite!! Best of all, It’s ready in 30 minutes or less!

55 White Chicken Chili Recipe

Soup White Chicken Chili Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 160 votes
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Mexican Soup

Filling and flavorful Mexican soup is packed with chicken, beans, and veggies with just a little bit of heat!!

56 Mexican Soup Recipe

Soup Mexican Soup Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 8 votes
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Cheeseburger Soup

Sink your teeth into this hearty cheeseburger soup. Filled with meat and veggies, it’s cheesy and completely crave-able!

57 Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

Soup Cheeseburger Soup Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Recipe Video

4.79 from 14 votes
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Slow Cooker Beef Stew

DELICIOUS slow cooker beef stew filled with chunks of beef, potatoes and carrots – a family favorite that is hearty, simple and great for fall.

58 Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

Soup Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 97 votes
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Chicken Gnocchi Soup

This chicken gnocchi soup is so hearty and so flavorful. It is filled with chicken, carrots, spinach, broccoli and gnocchi! It’s perfect all year long and is bound to be a new favorite.

59 Chicken Gnocchi Soup Recipe

Soup Chicken Gnocchi Soup Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

Recipe Video

4.95 from 17 votes
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Chicken Taco Soup

A warm tasty soup full of chicken, beans, corn, spices, and of course – tortilla strips on top! You’re going to love this hearty, delicious soup that can be enjoyed all year long – especially in the fall!

60 Chicken Taco Soup Recipe

Soup Chicken Taco Soup Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

Recipe Video

4.98 from 42 votes
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Chicken Pot Pie Soup

This creamy, delicious chicken pot pie soup can be made on the stovetop or in a crock pot! It has all your favorite vegetables, big chunks of chicken, and even a delicious heart-shaped pie piece on top.

61 Chicken Pot Pie Soup Recipe

Soup Chicken Pot Pie Soup Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 15 votes
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Pastas 

Our family loves pasta. These simple dishes are favorites – especially with our kids!

Skillet Lasagna

Skillet lasagna is a comforting and cheesy one pot meal. It takes just 30 minutes and is perfect for dinner any night of the week!

62 Skillet Lasagna

Main Course Skillet Lasagna
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 20 votes
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Chicken Stroganoff

This homemade chicken stroganoff is perfect for dinner any night of the week. Its full of flavor and is made start to finish in under 40 minutes!

63 Chicken Stroganoff Recipe

Main Course Chicken Stroganoff Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

Recipe Video

4.96 from 64 votes
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Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Creamy and hearty chicken bacon ranch casserole is the best way to beat the weeknight rush! It’s easy to make, and filled with pasta, chicken, bacon, and creamy alfredo sauce.

64 Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Main Course Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Cheesy Baked Ravioli

Easy cheesy baked ravioli – a quick, simple and delicious dinner recipe that the whole family loves! It’s so cheesy and so tasty!

65 Baked Ravioli Recipe

Main Course Baked Ravioli Recipe
Total Time: 21 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 43 votes
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Lemon Asparagus Pasta

This lemon asparagus pasta is so simple, yet packed with amazing flavor! Made from penne pasta, mixed with asparagus, and covered in a cheesy sauce with just a hint of lemon.

66 Lemon Asparagus Pasta Recipe

Main Course Lemon Asparagus Pasta Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.79 from 14 votes
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Baked Ziti

Baked ziti is an easy baked pasta recipe filled with a cream cheese and tomato sauce and topped with cheese! It’s great for feeding a crowd.

67 Easy Baked Ziti Recipe

Main Course Easy Baked Ziti Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 13 votes
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White Sauce Recipe

This super simple and delicious white sauce recipe is packed with flavor. This dish is perfect by itself or you can add chicken too!

68 White Sauce Recipe

Main Course White Sauce Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

Recipe Video

4.98 from 867 votes
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Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

A copycat version of Cheesecake Factory’s Sun-Dried Tomato Fettuccine recipe. This flavorful and creamy dish is filled with chunks of chicken, garlic, whipping cream, spinach and sweet sun-dried tomatoes. It’s not only delicious but is a great way to change up the classic fettuccine recipe.

69 Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Recipe

Main Course Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.59 from 12 votes
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Italian Sausage Pasta

Everyone loves this Italian sausage pasta recipe! Not only is it easy, cheesy, and delicious, but it is a hit with the entire family and can be made mild or spicy depending on your preferences.

70 Italian Sausage Pasta Recipe

Main Course Italian Sausage Pasta Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

Recipe Video

4.99 from 252 votes
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Chicken Penne Pasta

A delicious and simple chicken penne pasta that is the perfect family dinner. The entire family loves it!

71 Chicken Penne Pasta Recipe

Main Course Chicken Penne Pasta Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 18 votes
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Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is one of the easiest pasta dishes you can make! It uses only 6 ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes to make!

72 Spaghetti Aglio e Olio Recipe

Main Course Spaghetti Aglio e Olio Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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homemade Mac And Cheese

This is the cheesiest, CREAMIEST homemade mac and cheese you’ll ever make! The whole family will definitely approve!

73 Mac and Cheese Recipe

Main Course Mac and Cheese Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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4.99 from 171 votes
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Chicken Pesto Pasta

This chicken pesto pasta is very flavorful and simple dinner idea that is sure to please. It’s filled with bow-tie pasta, chunks of chicken, cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and pesto making it a new go-to meal recipe. 

74 Pesto Pasta recipe

Main Course Pesto Pasta recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.92 from 12 votes
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Cheesy Garlic Tortellini Pasta

Cheesy garlic tortellini pasta is covered in a delish homemade sauce, and is ready in 20 minutes! It is perfect for busy weeknights.

75 Cheesy Tortellini Pasta Recipe

Main Course Cheesy Tortellini Pasta Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 10 votes
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Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

Easy and quick fettuccine alfredo that takes just 15 minutes to make! This family favorite recipe includes fettuccine, garlic, parmesan, and whipping cream and is sure to become a go-to dinner idea!

76 Fettuccine Alfredo

Main Course Fettuccine Alfredo
Total Time: 35 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 305 votes

Cheesy Baked Tortellini

This easy cheesy baked tortellini is simple and delicious too. Tortellini, bacon, cheese, basil, & spinach fill this recipe and make it irresistible and perfect for dinner any night.

77 Cheesy Baked Tortellini recipe

Main Course Cheesy Baked Tortellini recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

Recipe Video

4.91 from 21 votes
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Pasta Carbonara

A creamy, delicious and flavorful pasta dish filled with cream cheese, parmesan, garlic and bacon. For only having a few ingredients, this pasta carbonara has big flavor!

78 Pasta Carbonara Recipe

Main Course Pasta Carbonara Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.73 from 18 votes
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stove top/fried

These dinner ideas are simple and include stove top dishes or fried dishes.

Popcorn Chicken

Crispy, delicious popcorn chicken is a family favorite!! Not only is it easy to make but it’s a hit with the entire family making dinner a cinch!

79 Popcorn Chicken Recipe

Main Course Popcorn Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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5 from 29 votes
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Chicken Tacos

Restaurant-style chicken tacos are filled with ingredients like shredded chicken, cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes, all inside a fried corn tortilla.

80 Chicken Tacos Recipe

Main Course Chicken Tacos Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 84 votes
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Honey Chicken

With a bit of spice and sweetness, this honey chicken recipe is great served with rice or noodles. Add your favorite veggies to make it even better!

81 Honey Chicken Recipe

Main Course Honey Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 12 votes
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Chicken Flautas

Delicious, crunchy chicken flautas filled with shredded chicken, salsa, cheese, and more! They can be fried, air fried or even baked into a delicious and easy dinner or appetizer.

82 Chicken Flautas Recipe

Appetizer, Main Course Chicken Flautas Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 78 votes
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Lemon Garlic Chicken

This lemon garlic chicken is ready in 15 minutes or less! It’s a great weeknight chicken dinner that is full of flavor and tastes great over rice!

83 Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe

Main Course Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 26 votes
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Chicken And Asparagus Stir Fry

Healthy and delicious lemon chicken and asparagus stir fry is packed with lots of delicious flavors. It’s simple and super easy too!

84 Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry Recipe

Main Course Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Sesame Chicken

Sweet & savory sesame chicken is a crowd pleaser served over rice or noodles. It’s perfect for dinner and better than takeout!!

85 Honey Sesame Chicken Recipe

Main Course Honey Sesame Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 18 minutes

Recipe Video

4.92 from 24 votes
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Fried Pork Chops

These delicious fried pork chops in a lemon butter sauce are crispy on the outside and so delicious and tender on the inside! Everyone loves these pan fried pork loins that are so flavorful and simple.

86 Fried Pork Chops Recipe

Main Course Fried Pork Chops Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 17 votes
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Chicken Stir Fry

The tender chicken and flavorful sauce with yummy veggies made this stir fry dish a keeper, and I’m already anxious to try it again.

87 Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

Main Course Chicken Stir Fry Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Fried Chicken Breast

Crispy breaded chicken topped with arugula, shaved parmesan cheese, and a delicious lemon vinaigrette!

88 Fried Chicken Breast Recipe

Main Course Fried Chicken Breast Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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Moo Goo Gai Pan

Moo Goo Gai Pan – one of our favorite dishes that is filled with flavorful chicken, broccoli, snow peas and more.

89 Moo Goo Gai Pan Recipe

Main Course Moo Goo Gai Pan Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 15 votes
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Sweet And Sour Pork

This sweet and sour pork recipe includes pork, pineapple, and green bell pepper—all smothered in a perfectly tangy sauce.

90 Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe

Main Course Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Pork And Broccoli Stir Fry

If you love Asian food, you’ll love this simple and delicious pork and broccoli stir-fry!! It is PACKED with flavor!!

91 Pork and Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe

Main Course Pork and Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.85 from 19 votes
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Sweet And Sour Pork

This sweet and sour pork recipe includes pork, pineapple, and green bell pepper—all smothered in a perfectly tangy sauce.

92 Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe

Main Course Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Lemon Pepper Chicken

Flavorful and tender lemon pepper chicken is simple and requires just a few ingredients. Served on its own or over rice, this buttery chicken dish is perfect any night of the week for a simple, quick dinner idea.

93 Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe

Main Course Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Beef Stroganoff

This easy beef stroganoff recipe is simple and flavorful. Served with egg noodles, this creamy stroganoff made in the slow cooker is a classic Sunday dinner recipe and is perfect to enjoy any night of the week.

94 Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Main Course Beef Stroganoff Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 20 votes
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Easy Baked Salmon

Bake a delicious and healthy pan of salmon for the whole family! Flavored with lemon, garlic, and parsley for a tasty dinner everyone will enjoy.

95 Baked Salmon Recipe

Main Course Baked Salmon Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 17 votes
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Kung Pao Chicken

This dish is filled with chicken and nuts and is covered in an amazing sauce, topped with green onions and perfectly served over rice.

96 Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

Main Course Kung Pao Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 10 votes
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Dinners your family will love!

We hope you’ll enjoy trying some of the amazing family Dinner ideas listed above. With so many delicious recipes to choose from, you’re sure to find some new family favorites!

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3 Comments

  1. Sue says:

    Love all the pasta ideas which is my kids favorite. I also like your tips on how to make family dinners happen and how important they are. You’re right, even if you can only manage 1 or 2 during the week it’s beneficial.

  2. Olivia says:

    I love all the different ideas for meals on this site! Such a variety of great meals that are all planned for you and ready to be made.

  3. Joy says:

    Love all your dinner ideas!! I use them most of my week! Your easy alfredo is a go-to of ours & we love all your Mexican recipes! They aren’t difficult & require too much!