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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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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Slow Cooker Copycat Cafe Rio Sweet Pork & Dressing

Slow Cooker Copycat Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Cilantro Ranch DressingMy sister-in-law made this Slow Cooker Copycat Cafe Rio Sweet Pork for a family gathering. I loved it so much that I had to make it for one our family dinners. And now it’s one or our family favorite recipes. In addition, I really like adding the Cilantro Ranch Dressing to the top of the pork so I make it every time. It’s nice to have a dinner that is delicious and you don’t have to run to the restaurant to pick it up. I’m also a fan of slow cooker recipes because dinner is practically ready to eat at the end of the day. If you like this sweet pork recipe, you’ll also want to try this Slow Cooker Copycat Cafe Rio Shredded Chicken recipe here. And below is the recipe for the sweet pork.

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Crock Pot Pork Chops & Gravy

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On the days I am extremely busy, and I know I won’t have much time to make dinner, I’ll throw together this Crock Pot Pork Chops & Gravy. It seriously took me less than five minutes to put it in the crock pot and to turn on. Ten minutes before my family is ready to eat dinner, I’ll make rice in the rice cooker and steam some vegetables. My kids ate up this dish. Thanks to my sister-in-law for this time-saving recipe.

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