10 Go-To Family Dinner Ideas Every Parent Should Know

We lead such busy lives, don’t we? Between nursery, childminder, school, work, after school and weekend activities, sometimes you get home and sigh at the thought of having to rustle up dinner for the family too. Here are 10 Go-To Family Dinner Ideas Every Parent Should Know.

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#1 Easy Spaghetti Bake

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

spaghetti bake 

#2. Chicken Stir Fry

Chicken stir fry is a great go to family dinner because it’s simple and you can customize it to whatever combination of veggies and meat you may have on hand.

chicken stir fry recipe

#3. 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.

slow roast chicken

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#4. Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is a perennial family favourite – easy peasy macaroni cheesey, as it’s known in our house! This recipe is the perfect mac and cheese recipe.

mac and cheese recipe

#5. Veggie Chili

This recipe for vegetarian chili 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

Made with rotisserie chicken, this time-saving recipe is perfect for week nights.

chicken rice casserole

#7. Spaghetti and Meatballs

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

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

sloppy joes recipe

#9. Pasta with Bacon, Peas and Cream

Using 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.

pasta with bacon and peas

#10. Mexican Lasagne

This Mexican Lasagna can also be made ahead at least 12 hours in advance or even frozen.  You can add different veggies or more layers or omit the meat and make it vegetarian.

mexican lassagne recipe

What’s your go-to family dinner recipe? Share it with us in the comments below.

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