10 Go-To Family Dinner Ideas Every Parent Should Know

Jill Holtz

December 21, 2019

spaghetti and meatballs recipe

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We lead such busy lives – between school, work, activities and family life – sometimes you get home and sigh at the thought of having to rustle up dinner too! We know just what it feels like, but these go-to family dinner ideas are lifesavers!

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Whether you prefer something quick to prepare and cook, or something that can be made in advance until it’s time to throw it in the oven, we’ve got 10 favourites here that you are sure to enjoy!

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Family Dinner Ideas to Try

#1. Easy Spaghetti Bake

Baked spaghetti for family dinner ideas

Image: Budget Savvy Diva

Like a lasagne but easier, this Easy Spaghetti Bake from Budget Savvy Diva is one you can throw together the night before and have ready to go in the oven when you get home next day.

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#2. Chicken Stir Fry

chicken stir fry for family dinner ideas

Image: Hip2Save

Chicken stir fry, like this one from Hip2Save, is a great go-to family dinner because it’s simple and you can customise it to whatever combination of veggies and meat you may have on hand.

#3. Slow Roast Chicken

slow roast chicken

This slow roast chicken is unbelievably moist – roasting it at such a low temperature makes it almost impossible to dry out – and the flavours of the lemon, garlic and rosemary in the cavity really penetrate into the meat.

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#4. Macaroni and Cheese

macaroni and cheese

Macaroni and cheese is a perennial family favourite – easy peasy macaroni cheesey, as it’s known in our house!

#5. Veggie Chilli

veggiechilliThis recipe for vegetarian chilli from The Curvy Carrot is not only filling, but is vegetarian (actually vegan without the toppings), easy to throw together, and healthy.

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#6. Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole

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Image: Mom on Timeout

Made with rotisserie chicken, this time-saving recipe for cheesy chicken, broccoli and rice casserole from Mom on Timeout is perfect for week nights.

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#7. Spaghetti and Meatballs

spaghetti and meatballs recipe

Meatballs don’t have to be complicated, you don’t need to spend hours slaving to get the texture right. This Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe is very easy to make.

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#8. Sloppy Joes

Sloppy joes for family dinner ideas

Image: Simply Delicious Food

There is no easier way to get some vegetables into your children than these Sloppy Joes from Simply Delicious Food. They will love the mess and the fun aspect of the Sloppy Joe and they won’t even notice the vegetables.

#9. Pasta with Bacon, Peas and Cream

pasta with bacon for family dinner ideasUsing simple ingredients like bacon bits (or leftover ham) and frozen peas, this pasta with bacon, peas and cream is quick and easy to rustle up.

#10. Mexican Tortilla Bake

mexican tortilla bake casserole

This Mexican tortilla bake is easy to make and assemble, and it tastes great! It can also be made ahead and chilled until you are ready to bake it.

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Have your say! What are your go-to family dinner ideas? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!

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Published On: December 21st, 2019 / Categories: Food and Recipes / Last Updated: April 1st, 2021 / Tags: , /

About the Author: Jill Holtz

Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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