20 Easy Weeknight Dinners for the Family

20 Easy Weeknight Dinners for the FamilyThese recipes are easy weeknight dinners for the family that will save you time and money.

 

With school coming up quickly, that also means our busy schedules will begin again. Soon our nights will be filled with running kids back and forth between extracurricular activities and helping them complete homework assignments, while keeping all the household duties running smoothly.

With all of that going on, deciding what to make for dinner might be the last thing on our mind, and finding time to do it can be challenging. That is why I want to share with you 20 cheap and quick family meals on a budget. These recipes are easy weeknight dinners for the family that will save you time and money.

All these recipes are delicious and easy meals for busy moms and don’t take a lot of time. My family also loves these meals. And they are recipes I regularly add to my weekly meal plans. I hope you enjoy these family dinner menu ideas.

 

One Pan Garlic Parmesan Pasta

One Pan Garlic Parmesan Pasta – This has a delicious creamy sauce and it’s an easy recipe. Just place all the ingredients into a pot after you saute the garlic, and then let it simmer for 20 minutes until done.

 

 

 

Crock Pot Ranch Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Tacos – The slow cooker ranch chicken tacos are an easy meal to make on a busy night. It only takes about 5 minutes to put the ingredients in the crock pot for dinner.

Time-Saving Tip: Take frozen chicken out of the freezer and place it directly into the crock pot. No need to thaw the chicken beforehand.

 

 

 

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli – It takes about 10 minutes to cut the meat, combine the ingredients for the sauce and put it all in the crock pot. After it’s cooked all day and you are ready to eat dinner, just thicken the sauce with cornstarch, quickly steam the broccoli and cook the rice.

Time-Saving Tip: Something I invested in is a rice cooker. It makes cooking rice so convenient. Once you add the rice and water to the cooker and push the cook button, you don’t have to watch it or worry about it. And it will keep the rice warm until you are ready for dinner.

 

 

 

Three-Bean Chili

Three-Bean Chili – This is one of my favorite chili recipes to throw together at the last minute. Place Fritos or tortilla chips crumbled on the top to add to the delicious taste of the chili.

Time-Saving Tip: Keep cooked ground beef in the freezer that you can pull out, thaw, and use for this recipe.

 

 

 

Crock Pot Chicken and Gravy

Crock Pot Chicken and Gravy – Place all the ingredients in your crock pot in the morning. Right before dinner all that’s left to do is quickly shred the chicken and stir in sour cream. It’s then ready to serve over rice, potatoes or noodles.

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Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken

Creamy Tuscan Garlic ChickenThis Tuscan Garlic Chicken is my new favorite chicken recipe. It has a creamy garlic sauce with spinach and dried tomatoes that is absolutely delicious. And when you place the chicken and sauce over pasta it tastes like something you would eat from a restaurant. Yum!

This dish takes about 30 minutes to make. And to make it even better, my family loved it and wanted second helpings. This is definitely a recipe you’ll want to add to your recipe collection.

Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken

Here is how to make the Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken. In a large sauce pan, heat olive oil. Then cook the sliced chicken on medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes on each side until the center is no longer pink. Remove chicken from pan and set it aside on a dish. Using the same sauce pan, add the heavy cream, chicken broth, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese. Whisk the ingredients together until it begins to thicken.

 

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Green Chili Pulled Pork Enchiladas

Green Chili Pulled Pork EnchiladasThese Green Chili Pork Enchiladas are so creamy and delicious, and the pork is so tender from cooking all day. You’ll need to plan ahead to put the pork in the slow cooker early in the day, or plan a day or two prior to when you want the enchiladas to cook the pork. Then put the shredded pork in the fridge or freezer until the day you are ready to make the enchiladas.

To cook the pork, use cooking spray to grease the inside of a slow cooker. Add the pork tenderloin. Then in a small bowl, whisk together garlic cloves, chicken broth, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Pour over the pork tenderloin. Cover and cook it on low for 5-7 hours. Remove the pork from slow cooker and take out 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid to use for the green chili sauce. Shred the pork using two forks, and season with additional salt and pepper if desired.

Since you are already cooking one pork, think about cooking an extra pork tenderloin, shredding it and freezing it so you have it on hand to make these enchiladas the next month too.  You’ll also want to take an extra 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid and freeze that too in a re-sealable freezer bag. This will save you some meal prep time, which makes dinnertime easier.

 

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One Pan Garlic Parmesan Pasta

One Pan Garlic Parmesan PastaThis One Pan Garlic Parmesan Pasta is a delicious dinner and it’s an easy recipe. I love that you place all the ingredients into a pot after you saute the garlic, and then you let it simmer for 20 minutes until done. Serve it with some bread and a side of vegetables and dinner is on the table.  To change up the recipe, you could also add cooked chicken to the top to make it a garlic Parmesan chicken pasta dish. Here is how to make the recipe:

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Chicken Enchilada Tortilla Chip Casserole

Chicken Enchilada Tortilla Chip CasseroleI made this Chicken Enchilada Tortilla Chip Casserole on a day when I needed an easy dish to put into the oven quickly. I took already cooked shredded chicken from the freezer and thawed it in the microwave while I mixed together ingredients to create a sauce. Once the chicken was thawed, I added it to the sauce mixture and then poured it over the tortilla chips that had been placed in a casserole dish. After sprinkling the top with cheese, it was ready to place in the oven to bake. It only took about 10 minutes to prep! Below is the recipe for the Chicken Enchilada Tortilla Chip Casserole:

Chicken Enchilada

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Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken TacosI’m a fan of simple, easy crock pot meals that taste good and that my family will love to eat. And these Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Tacos are one of those delicious meals that my family loves. It only took me 5 minutes to put the ingredients in the crock pot for dinner. This is a great meal to do for the family on a day that is busy for you and your family.

Here is how to make the Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos:

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Baked Italian Sandwiches

Baked Italian SandwichesI tried out a new recipe, and it turned out so good! These Baked Italian Sandwiches are delicious, and my kids loved them too. I ate a few more sandwiches than I probably should have, but they just tasted delicious. What I love the most about these Baked Italian Sandwiches is the melted cheese and that they were warm right out of the oven. The pasta sauce used as a dipping sauce added to the flavors of the sandwich. If you need a quick dinner idea for the family, this is a great meal to make. It took about ten minutes to prep and 16 minutes to bake.

Baked Italian Sandwiches in a baking dish

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Easy Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli

 

slow cooker beef and broccoliThis Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli is so easy to make. It only takes about 10 minutes to cut the meat, combine the ingredients for the sauce and put it all in the crock pot. I love that I don’t have to worry about dinner until it’s about time to eat. At that time all that’s left to do is to thicken the sauce with cornstarch, steam the broccoli and cook the rice to go with the beef and broccoli. I absolutely love that I invested in a rice cooker. Once you add the rice and water to the cooker and push the cook button, you don’t have to watch it or worry about it. After the rice cooks, it will stay warm until you are ready for dinner.

By making this Asian dish at home, you save money by not eating out. The Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli tastes delicious just like what you would eat at the restaurant, yet doesn’t cost as much.

Below is the recipe for the Easy Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli:

beef and broccoli recipe

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Crock Pot Chicken and Gravy

Crock Pot Chicken and Gravy

I love simple meals that are easy to make and don’t take a lot of time to put together. This Crock Pot Chicken and Gravy is so easy to place in your crock pot in the morning. Right before dinner all that’s left to do is quickly shred the chicken and stir in sour cream. It’s then ready to serve over rice, potatoes or noodles. My kids loved this meal, and it’s a recipe that I add to my meal plan every month.

 

Chicken and Gravy Crock Pot

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What’s For Dinner Video: A Week of Meals Ideas

A week of meal ideas what's for dinner

This week I am sharing a video with you of what meals I cooked for my family. I know how busy we are as moms and we don’t have a lot of time in our day to cook meals for our family. I’m sharing simple dinner ideas that don’t take a lot of time to make. If you can plan your meals ahead, even on busy days, then you’ll save your family money because you will be less likely to pick up dinner at a fast food restaurant, and you’ll end up running to the store less often. Check out the What’s for Dinner Video: A Week of Meal Ideas below.

 

 

If you can’t see my video, head over to my YouTube channel here.

 

And below are links to the recipes I made for my family in the video:

Day 1: Crock Pot Lasagna

Day 2: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup with 4-Ingredient Homemade Noodles

Day 3: Crock Pot Macaroni & Cheese

Day 4: Creamy Tomato Soup

Day 5: Chinese Tacos

Day 6: Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas

Day 7: Leftovers

 

 

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