Easy weeknight dinners for large family is an age old question, but we’ve got a lot of great tips to make everyone in your home happy. Before we go on, let us know if your head has been spinning like a top with this issue. Have you ever been at a loss as to what to fix for dinner when you go home from work?
When you have a large family, the easiest way to cook for everyone is to cook in bulk. This means making your food in large quantities, so it’s easier to consistently feed your family. I have been cooking for a large family for years now so I have tweaked my recipes to make them easy and fast.
Easy Weeknight Dinners For Large Family
Here are some easy weeknight dinners for large family. If you’re tired of cooking dinner every night and trying to figure out what to cook, I’ve got some easy weeknight dinners for large family recipes here for you.
1. Sheet Pan Nachos
Nachos are one of our favorite easy weeknight meals.
You can surprise your family on Taco Tuesday by serving nachos for dinner instead.
The best thing about nachos is that they’re completely customizable. You can serve ground beef nachos, beef fajita nachos, chicken naches, or even just plain cheese nachos.
Serve your sheet pan dinner nachos with all of the fixings, including pico de gallo, guacamole, cilantro, jalapeno peppers, and sour cream.
Here’s a tip. If you make sheet pan chicken fajitas, save the leftovers to make these yummy sheet pan chicken nachos the next day.
2. Easy Black Bean Chili
One of our favorite ways to make chili is a vegetarian black bean chili or white bean chili, but when you want chili with ground beef, this recipe will hit the spot.
This is a genuine homemade from scratch black bean chili recipe, and it will not disappoint your guests or family.
The spices in this black bean chili are cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, sea salt, and black pepper.
This black bean chili is loaded with veggies, including garlic, onion, black beans, mild green chilis, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, and fire-roasted tomatoes.
Serve this chili with sour cream, avocado, chopped green onions, and shredded cheddar cheese.
3. Shrimp and Pineapple Stir-Fry
We love a good shrimp weeknight dinner recipe, so this shrimp and pineapple stir fry recipe is ideal.
Most of us could benefit from eating a lighter meal, and stir fry is the perfect light meal and healthy dinner.This shrimp stir fry dish is loaded with veggies such as sugar snap peas and red bell pepper, and the sesame seeds and chopped pineapple add interest, crunch, and flavor.
Feel free to add whatever other veggies you love, including carrots, asparagus, bok choy, baby corn, and mushrooms.The delicious pineapple stir fry sauce is made from pineapple juice, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, minced ginger, garlic, sea salt, and sriracha sauce.
4. Tuscan Ravioli Soup
Do you love cooking soup in your Instant Pot for dinner? If so, you’re going to love this savory Tuscan ravioli soup.
To make this Italian soup, you need Italian sausage. Alternatively, you can use ground turkey Italian sausage, or even ground beef if you’re in a bind.This soup is loaded with delicious veggies, including sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, yellow onion, and baby spinach (or chopped kale).
5. Chicken Salad
When you want an easy dinner that is light, chicken salad is one of the best weekday dinner ideas.
This easy green salad is made with leftover rotisserie chicken (you can also use chicken breasts or chicken thighs) and it’s loaded with delicious crunch and flavor.
The hot bacon dressing is to die for, and the combination of sweet and savory is out of this world.
Besides the chicken and spring mix salad greens, this salad has tons of other veggies and even some Medjool dates.
With avocado, pickled onions, and corn, this chicken salad is full of nutritious vitamins.
Goat cheese and sliced almonds add an additional boost of protein to this meal.
6. Taco Pie
When it comes to easy weeknight dinner recipes, it’s hard to beat a good casserole.
This taco pie recipe will satisfy all of your cravings, and you can even make it for Taco Tuesday to mix things up a bit.For this taco pie recipe, seasoned ground beef and refried beans are baked between two giant flour tortillas.
The tortillas are topped with shredded cheddar cheese (or Mexican cheese) and plenty of fresh veggies.
This Mexican food dish is so easy to make, and putting it together is similar to making quesadillas except that you bake the finished dish.
7. Easy Italian Grilled Cheese
A grilled cheese sandwich is a quick and easy weeknight dinner (and it’s comfort food), but why not change things up with this Italian grilled cheese?
To make this yummy weeknight dinner, you need thick slices of olive oil artisan bread, melted Munster cheese and provolone cheese, fresh juicy tomato slices, pesto, fresh basil leaves, baby spinach leaves, and thin pepperoni slices.
You can use homemade pesto or buy a store-bought pesto.
8. No Peek Chicken
No peek chicken is a one pot recipe and is guaranteed to become a new favorite for your family’s table.
We love that this recipe calls for Zatarain’s Long Grain and Wild Rice Mix because this rice mix has tons of flavor.
Cream of mushroom soup and cream of celery soup make this casserole super creamy, and the only seasoning you need comes from garlic powder and a box of Lipton Onion Soup Mix.
You can make no peek chicken with chicken breasts or use a combination of chicken breasts and chicken thighs (or leg quarters).
You can make this in your slow cooker or Instant Pot.
9. Fried Rice Vermicelli
Instead of opting for take-out for dinner, you can quickly whip up this tasty rice vermicelli stir fry in less than 15 minutes.
To make this Asian dish, you need vermicelli rice noodles, extra virgin olive oil, a shallot (or chopped green onions), garlic cloves, minced ginger, a carrot, and cabbage.
For seasoning this Asian noodle dish, all you need is sea salt, sugar, soy sauce, and a pinch of red pepper flakes.
If you want to add some protein to this recipe, you can use chicken, tofu, shrimp, or steak.
10. Mexican Flatbread
This list has a few Mexican food and Tex-Mex recipes, but we couldn’t resist adding this decadent Mexican flatbread pizza.
To make this Mexican flatbread, you need a homemade flatbread crust (or you can use a store-bought crust), refried beans, black beans, taco sauce (or tomato sauce), delicious veggies, and gobs of cheddar cheese.
All you have to do is top this delicious Mexican flatbread pizza with tortilla strips and avocado, and you have a yummy vegetarian weeknight dinner.
11. Beef Stir-Fry
When you’re planning a stir fry recipe, it’s easy if you stay focused on the basic stir fry formula: protein, vegetables, starch, and sauce.
For example, if you go to a restaurant that cooks Mongolian-style food (think Genghis Grill), rice bowls or pasta bowls are made when you choose your meat, veggies, sauce, and starch.
For veggies, try zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli, carrots, green onions (scallions), red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and more.
Starches can include white rice, brown rice, or noodles.
The sauce for this beef stir fry recipe has minced ginger, fresh orange juice, garlic cloves, low sodium soy sauce, sesame oil, and brown sugar.
This beef stir fry recipe with sauce can easily be modified to use shrimp, scallops, or chicken. Just be sure you adjust the cooking time accordingly.
12. Maple Sesame Salmon
Anytime we can bring salmon to the table, you know it’s going to be the perfect dinner to end the day.
This salmon dish is made using a savory marinade sauce.
For the glaze for your salmon, you need maple syrup, soy sauce, dry powdered ginger, chives, and toasted sesame seeds. Crushed red pepper flakes in the fish give this seafood dish a nice kick.
Serve your finished salmon with cauliflower rice, basmati rice, or brown rice. Add a side of broccoli or asparagus to complete this delicious salmon meal.
13. Fettuccine Alfredo
Are there people who don’t love an easy dinner such as fettuccini Alfredo? Seriously, this is such an indulgent meal and it’s comfort food at its finest.
The secret to a good fettucini Alfredo is to use some of the pasta water to make your Alfredo sauce.
This easy Alfredo sauce uses parmesan cheese, heavy cream, unsalted butter, and Italian seasoning.
It’s super easy to make this pasta recipe a hearty meal. All you need to do is add strips of grilled chicken breast or plump grilled shrimp.
Serve with garlic bread and a green salad and you’re ready to feed royalty!
14. Toad in the Hole
A classic English dish, toad in the hole is made with pork sausage that is cooked in Yorkshire pudding and topped with rich, creamy gravy.
We love this recipe because it serves an entire family and it’s super easy to pull it all together.
How did this recipe get its unusual name? Most food experts believe that the name came about in the 1800s because of the way the sausages look in the pan.
15. Taco Soup
Taco soup is an easy dinner that can feed a huge family or be a go-to on your list of easy weeknight dinners for two.
We love this particular taco soup recipe because it’s incredibly hearty.
Do you need another reason to love this taco soup recipe? How about this: you can use canned or frozen veggies to make this zesty soup.
This taco soup recipe has both black beans and pinto beans, as well as corn, jalapeno pepper, garlic, yellow onion, diced tomatoes with green chiles, and beef broth.
Spices used are smoked paprika, chili powder, dried oregano, cumin, and a packet of dry ranch dressing mix.
You can use ground beef, ground turkey, or ground chicken to make this taco soup.
Consider this recipe for your Instant Pot or slow cooker.
16. Asian Weeknight Noodle Bowls
When you make Asian noodle bowls, it’s easy to make a double (or triple!) batch and do meal prep for the week.
Easy weeknight dinners and easy dinner recipes can easily double as the next day’s lunch, too.
The creamy sesame sauce is packed with tons of flavor and these sesame noodle bowls are perfect for meal prep.
The chicken is perfectly browned, and these noodle bowls are loaded with nutritious veggies like salted edamame, cool and crispy cucumber bits, and garlic.
17. Easy Chicken Tostadas
Mexican food is always welcome, and chicken tostadas are an easy treat to make for a busy weeknight dinner.
This recipe for tostadas calls for shredded rotisserie chicken (or chicken breasts), fresh lime juice, ripe avocado, refried beans, Rotel diced tomatoes, and shredded romaine lettuce.
Spices for this recipe are ancho chili powder, garlic powder, and cumin.
Be sure to have the favorites like pico de gallo, sour cream, salsa, and guacamole ready to serve.
Tostadas are incredibly versatile, so you can use this recipe to create an endless variety of Tex-Mex meals.
13 Cheap Meals For A Week For A Family
There are many reasons a mother or father might be looking for cheap meals for a week for a family. Perhaps you have more mouths to feed than you originally planned, you’re saving money and eating at home more often, or you’re cooking for your family because your spouse or partner is working. The point is, it can be challenging to come up with recipes for large families and figure out what to cook that will appeal to everyone’s unique palates.
Here are some cheap meals for a week for a family that I have enjoyed in my own family. They are good and simple food with a lot of flavor.
1. Feed a Crowd Without Breaking the Bank
With today’s smaller family size, it can be difficult to find large quantity recipes, and it’s even harder to find economical choices. You can often convert a recipe for 4 or 6 by doubling some ingredients, but that doesn’t work in every case.
Most of the recipes below are designed for eight or more people. Most use inexpensive cuts of meat or poultry and everyday pantry ingredients. These recipes are great for big families, special events, potlucks, or dinners with guests. Whether for a party or family meal, you’re sure to find the perfect recipe on this list.
2. Simple Meatloaf With Optional Topping
Meatloaf is an excellent choice for big families; the basic combination of ground beef, breadcrumbs, and seasonings is budget-friendly and will serve up to 8 people. Add a tasty topping to this simple meatloaf to make it extra special and serve it with rice, mashed potatoes, or noodles. Or use the meat mixture to make sliders or meatloaf muffins.
3. Pizza Pasta Casserole
Classic pizza flavors and ingredients abound in this hearty all-in-one pizza pasta casserole. Use whatever pasta you have in the pantry and your family’s favorite pizza toppings to make this delicious casserole.
4. Authentic Irish Lamb Stew
Lamb shoulder makes this Irish stew a flavorful, budget-friendly choice for large families. Add some root vegetables and basic pantry seasonings and you have a meal to remember.
5. Traditional Brunswick Stew
Brunswick stew offers loads of flavor, and it is a perfect way to use up leftovers. The stew includes shredded cooked chicken thighs and pork shoulder, beans, and vegetables. Whether for a big family or potluck dinner, you can’t go wrong with this delicious dish.
6. Chicken Bog
This old-timey South Carolina chicken and rice bog will surely delight your friends and family. The smoked sausage adds to the complex flavors in this dish. Add a tossed salad or slaw for a memorable dinner.
7. Instant Pot Potato Soup
A hearty potato soup makes an inexpensive yet satisfying meal for a family, and the Instant Pot pressure cooker makes this a quick and easy preparation.
8. Instant Pot Pork Shoulder
This Instant Pot pork shoulder is a fast and easy preparation, and it’s always a hit. Budget-friendly pork shoulder goes a long way, whether it is used in sandwiches, tacos, or as a mac and cheese topper.
9. Crock Pot Sloppy Joes
Sloppy Joe sandwiches make a family-pleasing meal. Serve them with fries or tater tots, or make it even easier with potato chips. Ground beef, ketchup, and seasonings make it a cheap and easy dish to prepare. If the recipe makes too much, you can scale it down or freeze leftovers for another day.
10. Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese
The Instant Pot pressure cooker makes this macaroni and cheese a breeze to cook. The pasta cooks quickly and then the remaining ingredients are added to make a surprisingly creamy and delicious batch of mac and cheese. Add some diced ham, tuna, or bacon to the dish for a heartier meal.
11. Beefy Enchilada Casserole
Ground beef, cheese, tortillas, and seasonings come together to make this amazing enchilada casserole. Serve the casserole with sour cream or guacamole and fresh salsa; it’s a meal your family will ask for again and again.
12. Old-Fashioned Beef Stew
This big batch of beef stew is perfect for a big family or an extended family dinner. Add some crusty bread or rolls for an amazing meal.
13. Potato Chip Chicken
Crunchy potato chip chicken is sure to be a frequent request. Chicken breasts are coated with barbecue chips and then baked to perfection in the oven.