Dinner Ideas For Small Family

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As the title of this post says, I’m sharing some of my best dinner ideas for small family. These recipes can be done with very little time and are healthy. Perfect when you have limited time to make something to eat.

When cooking dinner for a small family, the biggest challenge is to make something that everyone will eat and like. That’s why “Dinner Ideas For Small Family” book is a must have in every home.

easy family dinners

Plan your monthly menu in advance with these delicious dinner ideas.

Barbecued beef skewers with yellow curry sauce

1Barbecued beef skewers with yellow curry sauce

Make your weeknights easy with these iron-rich beef skewers.

2Ginger ale pork ribs with pear and fennel

Georgia Barnes shares one of her top winter warmers. “This dish takes me back to my childhood. I’ve added pear and fennel to my variation. Simplicity at its best; just seven ingredients to a hearty, wholesome dinner.”

315-minute Moroccan lamb on couscous

“Slice the lamb, pile it all onto a platter and tell your family this took you hours to make – they’ll never guess otherwise!” – Nagi Maehashi

Microwave corn and asparagus risotto

4Microwave corn and asparagus risotto

Corn and asparagus risotto made in the microwave is dinner made easy!

15-minunte veal schnitzel

515-minunte veal schnitzel

This has most of the crunch and all the flavour of fried schnitzel, in a fraction of the time. The secret is using mayonnaise to make the panko stick to the veal – plus it adds flavour.

Egyptian spiced fish wraps

6Egyptian spiced fish wraps

The simple wrap goes gourmet for lunch or dinner with this dukkah spiced fish version.

Sunday supper souffle omelette

7Sunday supper souffle omelette

Using leftover roast vegetables, this soufflé omelette is the perfect end-of-week meal.

Quick crunchy-topped vegetable pasta bake

8Quick crunchy-topped vegetable pasta bake

Clear out your fridge and freezer with this quick and easy vegetable bake.

Sticky hoisin pork chops with broccolini and nashi salad

9Sticky hoisin pork chops with broccolini and nashi salad

This speedy wonder breaks time and taste records. Pork is the star with a delicious dressing – and all ready in under half an hour.

Classic cottage pie with cheesy bacon mash

10Classic cottage pie with cheesy bacon mash

The kids will love this iron-rich cottage pie. It’s the cheesy bacon mash that makes it irresistable.

 Family Friendly Dinner Ideas

22 Family Friendly Dinner Ideas to make menu planning a breeze! These recipes are kid AND adult approved!

So to avoid the – we’re having peanut butter sandwiches again tonight rut, I have put together a list of 22 of my go-to family friendly dinner ideas. All of these recipes are not only approved by my children, but the adults love them as well! Because who has the time to make a separate dinner for the kids and the adults? These recipes are perfect for easing back into the kitchen and to get your family back around the dinner table.
 

Pure comfort food, this Baked Penne has a meaty, creamy sauce and lots and lots of cheese.


Baked Penne

Enchiladas without all the work - this Beef Enchilada Casserole is family friendly and done in under 30 minutes!


Beef Enchilada Casserole

A change up from traditional Italian spaghetti and meat sauce, this Cowboy Spaghetti adds in bacon and cheddar cheese for an American twist on a classic.


Cowboy Spaghetti

This Cheesy Sour Cream Chicken is an easy chicken dinner that is made in one pot, with a cheesy sour cream sauce.


Cheesy Sour Cream Chicken

Hula Joes - a Hawaiian twist on the sloppy joe.


Hula Joes

Gnocchi with Meat Sauce - comfort food the whole family will love!


Gnocchi with Meat Sauce

Crispy Fish Sticks Recipe on Taste and Tell


Crispy Fish Sticks

With layers of flavor, this easy to assemble Chicken Tortilla Stack is great for a weeknight meal, or even for company.


Chicken Tortilla Stack

Looking for something new to throw into the lunch routine? This creamy quesadilla recipe is creamy and cheesy and not your typical quesadilla!


Creamy Quesadilla Recipe

A great way to use up ham leftovers, this easy Ham and Cheese Crescent Bake combines a homemade sauce with ham and cheese filled crescent rolls that are all baked together.


Ham and Cheese Crescent Bake

Chicken, bacon and ranch flavors come together in these Baked Chicken Bacon Ranch Taquitos. They also freeze well for easy lunches or dinners!


Baked Chicken Bacon Ranch Taquitos

The kids will love this pizza casserole that is comforting and delicious!


Puffed Up Pizza Casserole

family-friendly dinner recipes the kids will love

Finding food that feeds the whole family can be hard. These recipes make it easy

I don’t know about you, but trying to merge my love of cooking with the dietary whims of young children can feel like a feat. And at the end of a busy school or work day, who wants to be jumping hurdles in the kitchen? Not me!

That’s why we’re rounding up a month’s worth of quick, easy and delicious meals that won’t completely neglect our nutritious hopes and dreams (I’m looking at you, frozen dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets!). Choose from a range of recipes that will satisfy everyone — from healthier, homemade fallbacks for nights when picky eaters prevail (we’re talking staples like mac and cheese and oven-baked chicken tenders) to enticing new ideas that will get the fam gobbling up colorful veggies (hello, burrito bowls!).

And if all else fails, ask that young, stubborn diner to stick out their tongue, and exclaim, “Wow! Look at that! You grew a new taste bud!”

5-Ingredient Oven-Baked Fried Chicken

This extra crispy oven-fried chicken is the ultimate dish for all the fried chicken lovers out there. The cracker crust provides a salty-yet-sweet flavor that’s hard to resist.

Chile-Cheese Toast

Sarah Thomas

Who doesn’t love cheese toast? This version is energizing with jolts of brightness and flavor from the chile and peppers — a perfect pick-me-up any time of the day that can easily be adjusted based any diners’ heat preferences.

Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole

Not only can this chicken and rice casserole be made ahead and frozen, it’s a comforting way to get your kids to eat their vegetables. It doesn’t get much easier than this on a weeknight.

Mom’s Dal

“I used to sit at the kitchen table finishing my homework as my mom would whip something like this together for all of us to eat as we all finished up our respective activities,” says Sarah Thomas about this nourishing (and easy to make) dish.

Eggplant Chicken Tenders

Any recipe from Nikki Dinki’s cookbook, “More Veggies Please,” is definitely an inspiring start to, well, getting kids to eat more veggies. For these not-so-chicken tenders, she uses an eggplant puree to increase tenderness while infusing a naturally smoky flavor into each bite

Dylan’s Mother-in-Law’s Meatballs

This recipe actually comes from Dylan’s husband’s great-grandmother from Sicily, who taught it to his (very Irish) mother to ensure she knew how to master the perfect meatball. It worked! Light, flavorful and fluffy, they’ll start to fall apart if they sit in sauce too long. So, eat up!

Homemade Ramen with Crispy Chicken

With star anise and lemongrass, the broth in this ramen is more reminiscent of a pho-style soup. Making noodles at home might seem really tough, but if you use baked baking soda, they will turn out springy and tender.

Oven-Baked Crispy Herbed Shrimp

This recipe is super simple, plus it uses ingredients that normally get thrown away, including parsley stems and stale bread

Turkey Bolognese

This dish is pure comfort food — a rich Bolognese, packed with delicious vegetables and satisfying ground turkey. You can serve it over spaghetti squash, zoodles or whole-grain pasta — eater’s choice.

Joy Bauer’s Burrito Bowls

This recipe is a hearty, filling and vibrant meal packed with good-for-you ingredients that can help ward off headaches and migraines. Plus, it’s always fun to have the family participate in assembling a deconstructed burrito.

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