Weeknight Dinner Recipes Your Whole Family Will Love
Please the whole family with these quick and easy weeknight dinner recipes from Food Network chefs.
Food Network Magazine came up with a lasagna that’s as satisfying as it is quick and easy. Cook the noodles and sauce on the stovetop, then assemble and broil it for three to five minutes until the cheese is golden and bubbling.
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Shake and Shimmy Pork Chops
Pat and Gina Neely crust these juicy pork chops in a mixture of panko bread crumbs, grated Parmesan and parsley. Get the kids involved — they can shake the chops in plastic bags to coat them.
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Beef and Cheddar Casserole
Try a new take on the casserole — a standby one-dish dinner. This one combines hearty ground beef with cheddar and egg noodles.
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Cheesy Gnocchi Casserole
Turn prepared gnocchi into a satisfying meal with the addition of peas, ham and a creamy, cheesy sauce.
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Chicken Tamale Pie
Food Network Kitchen turned classic tamales into this shepherd’s pie-style casserole with a cornmeal topping.
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Classic Chicken Parmesan
Pair these breaded and sauced chicken breasts with some quick penne and a side salad for a well-rounded weeknight dinner.
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Tortellini with Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce
Adding canned pumpkin to crowd-pleasing creamy Alfredo sauce gives a boost of flavor and nutrients.
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Bacon and Broccoli Rice Bowls
These Asian-style rice bowls make a great stand-in for takeout. Set out toppings like cilantro, scallions and pickled jalapenos so everyone at the table can pick and choose.
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Turkey and Green Bean Stir-Fry
Food Network Magazine’s stir-fry is full of Asian flavors. Hold back on the chile paste or sambal for a milder dish.
Get the Recipe: Spicy Turkey and Green Bean Stir-Fry
Tofu Reubens with Salad
Try a new twist on the Reuben sandwich. You’ll be surprised at how well baked tofu subs in for the corned beef. Round out this sandwich supper with a simple green salad.
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Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs
Introduce the kids to nutrient-rich spaghetti squash by serving it like pasta with juicy meatballs and a quick homemade marinara.
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Pork Chops with Roasted Kale and Walnut Pesto
This recipe makes more pesto than you will need, but the leftovers will not go to waste. Try adding a spoonful to scrambled eggs, mix with mayonnaise for a sandwich spread, toss with some hot pasta and pasta cooking water, or even stir a bit into your favorite brothy soup.
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Halibut Fish Tacos
Start a new taco night tradition — forgo meat and cheese fillings in favor of fresh fish and vibrant salsa verde.
Get the Recipe: Halibut Fish Tacos with Cilantro Savoy Slaw
Pasta with Broccoli and Almond Tomato Sauce
Change things up for pasta night with this hearty dish made with roasted broccoli and a pesto-inspired sauce using almonds and basil.
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Baked Pork Chop
This simple preparation is perfect for a weeknight — just shake and bake!
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Fast Fake-Baked Ziti
Rachael Ray’s crowd-pleasing pasta is cooked on the stove and needs only a few minutes under the broiler to get the cheese bubbly and brown. She serves it with a super-quick salad of fresh spinach and artichoke hearts.
Get the Recipe: Scuderi Kids’ Fast, Fake-Baked Ziti
Beef and Black Bean Sliders
Melissa d’Arabian stretches her dollar by subbing some of the beef for mashed black beans in these kid-sized burgers.
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Roasted Tomato Bisque
Jeff Mauro’s thick and rich-tasting tomato soup might fool you into thinking it’s loaded with cream. Actually, there’s just a dash — 1/4 cup for the entire recipe.
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Salmon Cakes with Salad
Crab cake fans will love these less-expensive seafood cakes made with salmon and spiced with Old Bay.
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Pizza Pot Pies
Giada De Laurentiis transforms a family favorite, cheesy pizza, into individual pot pies loaded with chicken and broccoli.
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Garlic Oil Sauteed Pasta with Broccoli
Melissa’s veggie-packed pasta can be on the table in less than 20 minutes.
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Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Cook pork shoulder low and slow for hours with brown sugar, spices and a little apple cider vinegar until it becomes smoky and pull-apart tender without ever entering a smoker.
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Spinach-and-Mushroom-Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Frozen spinach is clutch for pulling off these tender stuffed chicken rolls, since, unlike fresh spinach, it won’t shrink up when it cooks. Just defrost the spinach in the microwave, then wring it out in a clean kitchen towel before mixing it with your sauteed mushrooms, garlic and fresh ricotta.
Get the Recipe: Spinach and Mushroom Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Fish Sticks with Broccoli
These 35-minute fish sticks from Food Network Magazine provide the perfect excuse to introduce your family to new flavors: Serve them with sweet Thai chili sauce instead of ketchup — it has a slight kick but isn’t super-spicy.
Get the Recipe: Fish Sticks with Broccoli Rice
Orzotto with Peas
You’ll have more luck getting your little ones to eat vegetables when you pair the veggies with something kid-friendly, like pasta. Follow Kelsey Nixon’s lead by cooking up some orzo or pearl barley and then combining the cooked pasta or grain with cream, Parmesan and defrosted green peas.
If traditional fried chicken is a family favorite in your house, try this healthier take. Oven-“fried” chicken is still nice and crisp, but with less fat. And because it’s made in the oven instead of fried on the stovetop (which requires constant supervision), it gives you more time for dinner prep.
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Fontina Risotto with Chicken
A whole cup of grated fontina takes Food Network Magazine’s easy risotto recipe to new levels of indulgence. Stir in some diced smoked chicken to complement the cheese’s nutty flavor.
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Chicken with Apple, Onion and Cider Sauce
Apples and red onion are cooked down until sweet and tender, then spooned over tender baked chicken breasts for a fast yet flavorsome weeknight dish. The tangy cider-vinegar pan sauce pulls it all together.
Get the Recipe: Chicken with Apple, Onion and Cider Sauce
Mexican Tortilla Pizzas with Chorizo
Creamy avocado and smoky chorizo crumbles unite over a crunchy baked tortilla in this easy Mexican pizza recipe. Refried beans stand in for classic tomato sauce, and Oaxaca cheese makes an excellent substitute for standard mozzarella.
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Skillet Chicken Parmesan with Artichokes
Chopped rotisserie chicken stands in for whole chicken breasts in this timesaving skillet dinner from Food Network Magazine. Though the process is simplified, all of the usual accoutrements are here: San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and fresh basil. Throw in some thawed artichoke hearts for more meaty texture.
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Pepperoni and Cheese Scrambled Eggs
Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner once in a while? Robert Irvine’s simple, classic scrambled eggs — amped up with pepperoni, grated cheddar and scallions — make a satisfying meal at any time of day.
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