These Simple Family Recipes Will Make Your Weeknights Easier


Do your weeknight meals seem hectic or rushed? It’s time to take a step back and figure out a plan. There are many ways to make dinnertime more straightforward, and it’s all about which recipes you make! Choosing these dishes wisely will help you make your weeknights easier.


Here are eight recipes to try this week.

1. Skillet Chicken Pot Pie


There’s nothing more comforting than chicken pot pie. This meal tastes best when it’s chilly outside due to its warm, flaky crust. Plus, you can never go wrong when you combine chicken and vegetables. It’ll cook for an hour in a skillet. That makes for simple serving and cleanup.


Serve a salad to enjoy on the side. You can also adjust the vegetables you use to accommodate certain picky eaters.

2. Tofu Stir Fry


This tofu stir fry is a healthy yet delicious meal you can make for dinner. The Asian-inspired flavors will please any palate. It’s ideal for a last-minute recipe since you need less than 30 minutes to prepare and cook. If you don’t like tofu, you can substitute chicken or beef.


Feel free to add whatever vegetables you like. The beauty of stir fry is that you can toss in leftovers that may go bad in the next few days. It’s also great as a way to use up extra rice.

3. Beef Enchilada Casserole


Taco Tuesday is fun — but you may not always have time to put together different meats, toppings and sauces. Luckily, you can still get your Mexican fix when you’re pressed for time. This beef enchilada casserole includes yummy layers of cheese, beans and tortillas you’ll want to make again and again.


You can also include vegetables like onions and corn for a little extra flavor. A pre-packaged taco seasoning mix will save you additional time and make your meal taste great.

4. Tuna Steak Salad Niçoise


If you’re in the mood for a lighter meal, you may reach for a salad. Why not ditch your greens and reach for a few vegetables to turn into salade niçoise? This traditional French meal includes tomatoes, green beans, potatoes and more. This recipe adds seared tuna steak as a delicious protein.


This meal tastes terrific on its own. That said, you can enjoy some crusty bread as a side. You could even serve with soup if you want a more filling meal. Either idea works.

5. Creole Shrimp Jambalaya


The Creole people weren’t messing around when they started making jambalaya. This rice-based dish includes the holy trinity of ingredients: onion, celery and peppers. Add in sausage or shrimp along with different seasonings for a delectable meal.


If you’re not a fan of tomatoes, you can always make Cajun jambalaya instead. That alternative is more characteristic of other areas of Louisiana that didn’t readily have access to tomatoes. As a result, it uses a tomato-free rice base.

6. Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork


A slow cooker can be an invaluable tool for busy families. You can use your crockpot to make almost any dish, including this Texas pulled pork. Keep in mind that Texas barbecue can be sweeter than other styles, so you may need to adjust the ingredients for the sauce.


In any case, you’ll be able to make this pulled pork when you’re at work. It takes five or six hours to cook. Then, you can come home and eat immediately. It’s best served on buns as a sandwich with coleslaw.

7. Air Fryer Maple Soy Salmon


Are you trying to stick to a diet? If so, you may be looking for particularly healthy meals to feed your family. This maple soy salmon made in the air fryer is a tummy solution. Plus, you’ll find that your air fryer saves you enough time so that you can make some incredible side dishes.


You can serve salmon with rice and vegetables. Feel free to make poke bowls with your salmon, too. All you need to do is add your salmon to a bowl of rice. Top with avocado, cucumbers, edamame and other toppings.

8. Lemon Pepper Chicken


Sometimes, you just want a simple meal. This lemon pepper chicken can meet those needs with ease. It’s ready in a quick 20 minutes, so you can make it on busy nights. That said, it’s also perfect when you don’t want to cook. In any case, you may find yourself making this recipe every week.


The best part about lemon pepper chicken is that you can pair it with anything. It’s great when added to pasta, but you can also serve a side of rice and broccoli. Even picky eaters should love this dish.


Try These Recipes to Make Dinnertime Simple


If you’re on the hunt for easy recipes, you should try some of these ideas. You’ll have your dinner ready in under an hour. Then, your family can actually spend some time together — or get out the door faster.

Jennifer Landis
Jennifer Landis is a wife, mom, writer, and healthy living blogger. She enjoys longs walks around the block with her toddler, prefers tea over coffee, and eats way too much peanut butter. You can find more from Jennifer on her blog, or follow her on Twitter @JenniferELandis

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