Our Best Quick & Easy Dinners

Chili dogs
Ann Stratton
Get dinner on the table fast with these fresh recipe ideas your whole family will love.
James Baigrie
James Baigrie

Tropical Pizza

Here's the perfect way to get your kids to eat their vegetables -- and this recipe is so easy. Start with a store-bought pizza crust and top with mango salsa and veggies.

Southwestern Burgers

For a fun and easy weeknight meal, try this zesty spin on classic burgers featuring ground pork patties filled with pepper Jack cheese.

Scott Little
Scott Little

Chicken Soft Tacos

Stuffed with chorizo sausage and ground chicken, these hearty tacos won't disappoint. If your kids are sensitive to spicy food, try scaling back (or leaving out) the chili powder and cayenne pepper.

Whether you have a messy eater or a picky eater (or both!), mealtime can be challenging. Our readers shared their favorite kitchen tricks to keep the whole family happy.

James Baigrie
James Baigrie

Tortellini Soup

Sneak fresh, vitamin-rich veggies into your kids' supper with this satisfying soup made with cheese-filled spinach tortellini.

David Prince
David Prince

Beef and Vegetable Stir-Fry

Kids can't get enough of this Asian-inspired take on flank steak. Plus, it packs in plenty of antioxidant-rich vegetables such as sweet red peppers and carrots.

Bean and Cheese Enchiladas

This meatless, one-dish meal is ready in no time! Top with pepper Jack cheese and cilantro sprigs for a pretty presentation without the hassle.

Ann Stratton
Ann Stratton

Grilled Chicken Salad Wraps

Packaged grilled chicken strips help cut down on prep time for these yummy sandwiches kids can eat on the go.

James Baigrie
James Baigrie

Pork Piccata

The whole family will love this simple pork recipe. Mashed potatoes and peas make it a delicious dinner.

Jason Donnelly
Jason Donnelly

Bean Burgers

Kids will dig these meatless burgers, loaded with protein and low in fat.

Here are 4 tips for a better family dinner.

Learn how to make delicious black bean chili burgers.

Yunhee Kim
Yunhee Kim

3-Bean Chili

Whip up this hearty, meatless chili when you're running low on time (and groceries). Zucchini and bell peppers add fresh flavor, but can be left out if you're in a pinch.

Ann Stratton
Ann Stratton

Chicken Caprese

Give ho-hum boneless chicken breasts an Italian-inspired makeover by adding ripe plum tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella.

Tina Rupp
Tina Rupp

Fish Tacos

Looking for a kid-friendly take on fish? Try these tasty tacos, flavored with cilantro and lime.

James Baigrie
James Baigrie

Taco-Night Pasta

Enchilada sauce gives this wagon wheel-shape pasta toss big flavor. Great Northern beans and soy crumbles pack in extra protein.

Alison Miksch
Alison Miksch

Penne Pesto with Chicken

With only five ingredients and a 10-minute prep time, this pasta recipe is perfect for hectic weeknights.

Charles Schiller
Charles Schiller

Cuban Sandwiches

These family-friendly sandwiches make the most of crusty Italian bread and roast pork. Kids will love the melted cheese.

30-Minute Beef Fajitas

Spice up dinner tonight with these simple, quick-cooking fajitas.

Charles Schiller
Charles Schiller

Skillet Four-Cheese "Baked" Pasta

Start with a jar of your family's favorite marinara sauce for this shortcut pasta bake that you can whip up in one skillet.

Ellie Miller
Ellie Miller

Mediterranean Poached Fish

Jazz up budget-friendly fish fillets with sweet red pepper, tomatoes, and dried oregano.

David Prince
David Prince

Spaghetti Carbonara

For a fresh take on spaghetti, try this delicious combination of eggs, thick-cut bacon, and Romano cheese.

Marty Baldwin
Marty Baldwin

White Pizza with Smoked Turkey

This garlic-and-herb pizza is topped with strips of smoked turkey and basil. But the best part? It's even faster than delivery.

Charles Schiller
Charles Schiller

Meatballs & Gravy

These tender meatballs are sure to be a family favorite. Serve with cooked noodles and steamed spinach.

David Prince
David Prince

Thai Chicken and Rice

This recipe adds crowd-pleasing Thai flavors to the classic chicken and rice combo.

Paula Hible
Paula Hible

Veggie Penne

Vitamin-rich carrots are the secret ingredients in this speedy pasta meal.

Ann Stratton
Ann Stratton

Chili Dogs

Looking for a quick, surefire supper? Toss together these classic hot dogs, filled with red kidney bean chili. Let kids customize their dogs with their favorite toppings.

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