Hunting for dinner ideas? Whether you find yourself in the kitchen at 6:00 p.m wondering “what should I make for dinner tonight” OR your family can never agree on one meal, dinner can be one of the most hectic parts of the day. As a working mom of 3 kids, I get it.
With picky eaters and food allergies, making one meal for everyone in my house seemed impossible for so long! Learning how to meal plan and prep helped me get a handle on the dinner fiasco. A few years ago I started sharing my meal plans with the world and I’ve been able to help thousands of other families do the same.
So goodbye to living as a short order cook in your own home, and hello to fresh, simple meals that everyone can agree on. Grab your free meal plan here.
When it comes to finding dinner ideas that work for the whole family it’s important to incorporate at least one item everyone will enjoy, whether it’s the entree or side dish.
I like making self serve meals like tacos, loaded potato, and burgers bars since they include a variety of healthy options and everyone can build their own plate with the ingredients they love most.
Now for the real reason, you’re here, recipes you can cook for dinner tonight!
What to Cook for Dinner Tonight in 10-15 Minutes
When it’s already 5pm and you need something…FAST, try one of these quick and easy dinner ideas!
Pick up a rotisserie chicken from the grocery, use some of the meat for these nachos and the rest to make chicken salad for lunches.
Spiralized Zucchini and Tomatoes
Healthier noodles, made with Zucchini paired with tomatoes and a delicious blend of spices.
Easy Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe
Comfort food in all its simplicity! And that homemade homemade Carbonara Sauce is everything you ever hoped for in a pasta.
What to make when you’re bored of dinner?
Tired of classic dinner foods? I get it! When my family feels this way, we make breakfast for dinner! So simple to pull off and will get you out of the dinner rut asap!
Savory Oatmeal with Egg & Bacon
Crispy bacon pieces are the icing on the cake for this savory oatmeal with egg recipe that’s easy and delicious.
Fluffy Chocolate Chip Pancakes
These fluffy chocolate chip pancakes are the perfect breakfast for dinner option.
Pancake Tacos for Breakfast or Dinner
Scrambled eggs and sausage stuffed in a homemade pancake and drizzled with maple syrup!
I grew up on this recipe in Spain, and it’s still. family favorite with me and my kids. This dish is made with classic red sauce and eggs and could not be more delish!
Quick Dinner Ideas Using Chicken
When you’re wondering what to make… I’ve got everything from chicken dinner ideas to beef, to tacos and so much more!
How to Bake Frozen Chicken Breasts
In a pinch because you forgot to thaw things out? I’ll show you how to bake from frozen in this easy recipe!
Chicken with Greek Yogurt
Try this chicken with Greek yogurt for a perfectly juicy piece of chicken with a tangy, seasoned crust.
Quick Lemon Chicken Marinade
Take your simple pan-seared chicken up a notch with this quick lemon chicken marinade. It’s full of flavor and a total crowd-pleaser
Garlic Butter Chicken with Spaghetti Squash
This is a great switch from my usual spaghetti squash with Bolognese sauce. Cook the spaghetti squash beforehand to cut down on kitchen time.
Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets Recipe
Chicken nuggets are the one food I’ve never seen a child turn away and this healthy baked version is perfect for both kids and adults.
Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas
Bold, smoky, slow-cooked Buffalo chicken gets packed into a cheesy quesadilla for when you need a family dinner, FAST!
Chicken with Peppers and Onions
Turn everyone’s favorite protein into a complete meal with this simple chicken with peppers and onions recipe!
If you’re looking for more chicken dinner ideas – check out my latest ebook – Chicken. It’s what’s for Dinner!
70+ Epic Chicken Recipes
If chicken is your go-to meal builder, you’re going to love the recipes inside this book!
Recipes Using Ground Beef
The possibilities are endless when it comes to dinner ideas using ground beef!
Quick tip – If you’re planning to make a few of these recipes this week, then you can prep a few pounds of ground beef in the slow cooker to save you time in the kitchen each night.
Cheesy Beef Tacos in a Skillet
These skillet beef tacos come together in a flash! They’re easy to make and full of flavor in every bite.
Bell Pepper Nachos
Low carb and delish these bell pepper nachos are everything you want from the classic without zero guilt!
One-Pot Cheesy Beef Goulash
One of the only recipes I can expect no complaints, only clean plates. This recipe is so easy, my teenager can even cook it on her own!
Beef Bolognese Recipe
This simple pasta and meat sauce recipe is the ultimate quick and easy dinner idea for kids!
Loaded Taco Pizza
Grab those leftovers from taco night and get ready to make the best pizza you’ve ever had. Yep, we’re talking about taco pizza! This recipe will leave everyone wishing for more leftovers.
Meatless Dinner Ideas
We’ve all had that feeling where you go to make dinner and realize you’re either out of meat OR everything is frozen. While I do have a safe (quick!) defrost method for chicken, sometimes you just have to go meatless, so here are a few quick and easy meals to get you started.
Instant Pot Minestrone Soup
This Instant Pot Minestrone Soup is a breeze to make with pantry staples like beans and pasta. It’s the easiest way to enjoy a comforting meal, FAST!
Roasted Veggie Mac and Cheese
Turning veggies into a creamy sauce to make everyone’s favorite comfort food -better.
Bell Pepper Pizzas
Bell Pepper Pizza: A fun way to make grain-free pizzas and use up extra veggies in the fridge.
Creamy Spinach Tortellini in a Skillet
This recipe is my secret weapon on busy weeknights. You can have dinner on the table within 20 minutes of getting home from after-school activities with this meatless meal.
Spaghetti doesn’t have to be boring, simply because you’re out of ground beef. Grab some oats and beans and make these epic “meat”balls to top your noodles tonight.
Pasta Recipes You Can Make Tonight
Shrimp Pesto Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes
Some nights all you need is a simple, one-skillet meal to make everyone happy, and this shrimp pesto pasta recipe is one of them.
Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta
Creamy, sun-dried tomato chicken pasta made in one skillet for a delicious, quick and EASY weeknight dinner.
Pesto Chicken Pasta
This Pesto Chicken Pasta is a fast and healthy recipe for everyone in the family to enjoy!
Quick Salmon Pesto Pasta
Everyone in the family is going to love the flavor of this easy Salmon Pesto Pasta!
How to Plan Healthy Family Meals Every Night of the Week
With busy lives and kids, enjoying a meal with your family hinges on two important factors:
1. A meal plan prepared in advance
2. Recipes your family will actually enjoy and eat
And lucky for you- I’ve got BOTH!
Meal planning goes a little differently for everyone, but the most effective method for me is to set aside time at the beginning of the week to plan 5-6 days worth of meals, leaving the other days open for leftovers or family plans.
If you’re on the lookout for a completed meal plan with shopping lists and prep guides, you’ll find it in our family meal plans.
Classic Weekly Meal Plan
Eat delicious real food family meals with a simple plan. Recipes, meal prep, and done-for-you shopping list inside.
So who’s ready for some hassle-free meals? I say we start with these Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas you can totally make for dinner tonight.Print
More Family Dinner Ideas
I’m all about cooking with what you have on hand, so if you’re looking for something starting a specific ingredient, I have you covered in the posts below. Be sure to click over for the recipe you need today or pin the posts to save for the next time you are standing in front of the fridge trying to come up with a dinner idea for tonight.
Chicken Dinner ideas – Quick, easy and delicious meals using chicken breasts, thighs, drumsticks or even the whole bird!
Dinner Ideas with Ground Beef – Wondering what to make with that pound of ground beef you have thawing the fridge? Here’s a collection of family favorite recipes to try.
Shrimp Dinner Ideas – 10 amazing kid-friendly recipes made with shrimp. Plus, a few tips for cooking shrimp so they come out perfect every single time.