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Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

Weeknights are hectic for families. Between after school activities, jobs, homework, and numerous other juggles, little time or energy is left. Preparing dinner in such a time-crunched schedule also leaves little time for culinary creativity —especially when everyone arrives home hungry! That's why we've created Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners, a collection of recipes that are quick, relatively easy to prepare, and deliciously satisfying. Need something you can make in advance? Check out our Make Ahead Recipes.


Meaty Cheesy Pasta Dinner

Meaty Cheesy Pasta Dinner

This dish is tasty and easy to make—and all ages love it!

Chicken Paprikash

Often you’ll find recipes for this classic Hungarian dish swimming in a heavy cream sauce. By adding just a little more sherry wine and boiling it down until until the...
Chicken Picante

Chicken Picante

This is a quick and easy to make recipe. Tired of chicken? Boneless pork can be substituted for the chicken.
Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

This recipe requires a double-batch of my Simple White Sauce. If desired, serve with Spanish rice, which is brown or white rice combined with sauteed onions, garlic, peppers,...
Incredible White Bean Pizza

Incredible White Bean Pizza

This recipe for Incredible White Bean Pizza is quick and simple to make, and the pizza is delicious to eat!

Chicken and Apples with Rice

Make this dish spicier by adding additional herbs (see recipe for this variation).
Sweet Potato and Ginger Latkes

Sweet Potato and Ginger Latkes

Potato latkes are a traditional Hanukkah side dish, and they’re typically made with white potatoes and lots of vegetable oil. We amp up the good nutrition by switching...
Smiley Face Casserole

Smiley Face Casserole

Traditional Tater Tot casserole with all the trimmings (full-fat cheese, butter, fatty ground beef, and regular cream of mushroom soup), gets a much-needed overhaul with...
GoodNCrazy Sunday Afternoon German Pancakes

GoodNCrazy Sunday Afternoon German Pancakes

This recipe comes from SchoolFamily.com's GoodNCrazy Mom, aka blogger Carissa Rogers. Rogers writes in this blog post about the role these pancakes play in her busy household,...
Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto

If you're running short on time, use premade pesto instead.
Shredded BBQ Chicken Sammies

Shredded BBQ Chicken Sammies

If you're thinking of making Crock-Pot BBQ Chicken, save the juice from the Crock-Pot to make these super-easy sandwiches (or throw in an extra breast or two to make BBQ...
Family-Friendly Chicken Curry Over Rice

Family-Friendly Chicken Curry Over Rice

Though the recipe calls for one batch of my Simple White Sauce, my kids love this dish so much that I usually double or triple the recipe (and the sauce) for make-ahead dinners...

Super Nacho Casserole

Quick Apple Sausage Quesadillas

Quick Apple Sausage Quesadillas

Quesadillas can be healthy especially if you stuff them with lots of veggies, lean meat, and low-fat cheese. That’s exactly what we do with this recipe. To increase the...
Healthier Hamburger Helper

Healthier Hamburger Helper

Hamburger Helper may get a bad rap when it comes to good nutrition for families, but this classic boxed dinner can indeed be tweaked to be good for you. Check out our made-from-scratch...
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