23 Delicious Weeknight Dinners So Easy Your Kids Could Make Them
So you set out to cook your dinners every night this week. But now that you're in the middle of the workday, thinking about how much work you have to do and what time you'll get home, the prospect of cooking a meal might seem daunting. Never fear: These weeknight dinner recipes will come together in a flash.
Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
For easy weeknight meals, you can't beat sheet pan dinners. These chicken fajitas are as fun to assemble as they are to eat, and your kids can help with the slicing and mixing.
Chicken Salad Sandwich with Raisins and Curry Powder
Sandwiches are just as good for dinner as they are for lunch, and this chicken salad recipe definitely beats deli meat. The curry powder adds an extra kick of flavor, too.
Crispy Cod with Sweet Potato Fries
Whipping up this crispy fish at home is almost as easy as going to a bar and ordering fish and chips. Bread crumbs, thyme, and onion powder lend plenty of flavor to this comfort food dish.
Creamy Ham and Broccoli Soup
This creamy soup will come together in just 15 minutes. It's perfect for leftover ham, and you can always substitute chicken instead, depending on what you have in the fridge.
Another one-pan recipe, these tacos are sure to be a favorite among your family members. Flank steak perfectly complements the guacamole and pico de gallo for a filling and unforgettable meal.
Fig, Prosciutto, & Goat Cheese Salad
A recipe that takes absolutely no cooking? Sign us up. This salad recipe gets bonus points for making your weeknight dinners feel just a little bit fancier.
Sunny-Side Up Egg Pizza
There's so much you can do with pizza dough! Pizzas don't have to include tomato sauce if you don't want them to. And this egg pizza is just as good as its saucier counterparts.
Sheet-Pan Italian Pork Chops
Don't want to wash a bunch of dishes on a weeknight? Sheet pan dinners are the answer. This flavorful pork chop recipe is great for kids and adults alike, and it incorporates plenty of fresh veggies.
Quick and Easy Italian Tuna Melt
Using a can of tuna doesn't mean you can't have a fresh meal! This will be one of the best tuna melts you've tried, and it's sure to please even picky eaters.
Asian-Inspired Chicken Meatballs
Foods served on skewers are just more fun, right? These chicken meatballs cook in a grill pan, and you can serve them in lettuce cups for a fresh take on dinner.
Oven-Baked Chicken Fingers With Chipotle-Honey Mustard
Your kids will jump at the chance to help out in the kitchen if it means they get to have chicken fingers for dinner. And this homemade honey mustard is the perfect dip for kids of all ages.
Spicy Tuna and Avocado Fish Tacos
Not into meat-based tacos? Try these seafood ones instead! They're just as easy to prepare, and your family is sure to love the variety.
5-Ingredient BBQ Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner
This recipe truly could not be easier—just put the ingredients on a sheet pan and toss it in the oven. The fact that chicken drumsticks are some of the most affordable meat options out there is just an added bonus.
Skip the takeout and enjoy this homemade orange chicken recipe instead. Your kids will love helping mix the ingredients together and adding the orange zest on top.
One-Skillet Taco Pasta
Tacos and pasta in one recipe? This is one dinner that's sure to please the entire family. And the single skillet is perfect for easy cleanup, too.
Baked Turkey Wings
Move over, chicken wings! Turkey wings are here, and they're not just for watching the big game. These wings are perfect for a weeknight dinner—just pair them with mashed potatoes and gravy.
Is chicken your go-to weeknight protein? Try switching things up with this Italian-inspired recipe. It only takes about a half-hour to make, so it's perfect for those busy evenings.
Blackened Fish Sandwich With Avocado and Cabbage
Add a touch of the South to your dinner table with this blackened fish recipe. Frozen fish sticks can't hold a candle to this flavorful, easy-to-assemble meal.
Copycat Cracker Barrel Meatloaf
Meatloaf is a staple at the American dinner table. Why not try this easy recipe, inspired by the classic Southern chain?
Another spin on classic chicken, this recipe features garam masala and chili powder to kick things up a notch. Serve it with cauliflower florets for a filling meal.
Thai Beef Stir-Fry
This is another recipe that will make you swear off takeout for good. Kids will love slurping up these noodles, and adults will love the flavor packed into this dish.
With all of these chicken recipes, you'll never have a dried-out, unseasoned chicken breast for dinner again. This Italian dish takes just one pan to cook, making it one of the easiest weeknight recipes out there.
Slow Cooker Beef Goulash
The saying "set it and forget it" is especially true with this slow-cooker recipe. Just combine all of the ingredients and let them cook—it's almost magic.