Family-Friendly Weeknight Dinner Recipes

Please the whole family with these quick and easy weeknight dinner recipes from Food Network chefs.

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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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Baked Pork Chop

This simple preparation is perfect for a weeknight — just shake and bake!

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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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Pasta Pizza

Store-bought pizza dough makes Trisha's tortellini-topped pizza a breeze to make.

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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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Baked Tortellini with Kale Pesto

This baked pesto pasta is rich, cheesy and flavorsome, so the kids will love it, but it's also loaded with kale, so even the adults can feel good about scarfing it down for dinner. Plus, it's ready from start to finish in under an hour.

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Bacon-Tomato Linguine

A brighter riff on carbonara, this cheesy, bacony weeknight pasta feels somehow more substantial thanks to the addition of tomatoes and basil.

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Salmon and Polenta

Salmon fillets are perfect for family dinners. Serve them with grilled polenta, a sweet and comforting carb alternative to potatoes, which take forever to cook.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Salmon and Polenta with Fennel Salad

Pasta e Fagioli with Chickpeas

Comforting pasta e fagioli, or pasta and beans, gets a weeknight makeover in this easy version that uses chickpeas instead of the usual cannellini.

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Barbecue Chicken and Brussels Sprouts

Chicken thighs mopped with barbecue sauce make for a hearty meal when served with halved Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes dusted with chili powder.

Get the Recipe: Barbecue Chicken and Brussels Sprout Sheet Pan Dinner

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Here's a family dinner trick from Ree: Make meatballs ahead of time and freeze them for later. When you and the fam need to eat next, just pop them out and cook them in this quick Asian-inspired sauce.

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Lighter Chicken Parmesan

Can you believe The Pioneer Woman's version of chicken Parmesan is not only lighter but also takes just 16 minutes to cook?

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Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Sunny uses quick-cooking chicken tenders and cuts them into bite-size chunks for her easy, satisfying pot pie.

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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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Maple-Mustard Chicken Thighs

Ellie proves that white meat isn't the only "good-for-you" part of the chicken. She uses bone-in chicken thighs and removes the skin, brushing the meat with a tangy glaze.

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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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Kid-Friendly Pasta Salad

Ree's pasta salad is loaded with bacon and cheese, so even the kids will devour it.

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Lighter Taco Skillet

Ree's taco skillet dinner is delicious and easy, and thanks to ground turkey, a lighter (but still satisfying) way to feed the fam in one fell swoop.

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Shrimp Tacos

Shrimp is perfect for workdays because it cooks up fast. Take, for instance, The Pioneer Woman's shrimp tacos; they're ready from start to finish in just 16 minutes.

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Chicken Noodle Soup

Thanks to the help of quick-cooking chicken breasts, Ree's pot of comforting chicken noodle soup is ready in just 35 minutes.

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Ohio Turkey Chili

There's nothing more Ohio than Valerie's Cincinatti-style chili spaghetti.

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Waffle Chicken Fingers

Combine chicken and waffles for an inventive take on a classic.

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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

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

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

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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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.

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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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Sesame Soba Noodles

Get your family eating healthy with Rachael's delicious alternative to take-out. This noodle dish is loaded with fresh veggies and a flavorsome honey-soy dressing even the kids will love.

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Orecchiette with Mini Chicken Meatballs

Using ground chicken, make Giada's zesty meatballs to serve in a hearty pasta dish with orecchiette and fresh mozzarella.

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Couscous-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Leave it to Guy to come up with a recipe for boneless, skinless chicken breasts that's anything but boring. He stuffs them with a Mediterranean couscous studded with feta, olives and tomatoes.

Get the Recipe: Couscous Stuffed Chicken Breast with Feta, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Kalamata Olives

Lemon-Herb Roasted Chicken

Bring the family together for a whole chicken dinner. Tyler's recipe is simple and classic: He stuffs the cavity with lemon, garlic and herbs and roasts it over new potatoes that absorb the bird's flavorful juices.

Get the Recipe: Lemon And Herb Roasted Chicken With Baby Potatoes

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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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 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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North African Chicken and Chickpeas Sheet Pan Dinner

Rub chicken thighs with berbere (an African spice mix), chili powder and cumin powder. Pair with canned chickpeas tossed with olive oil, and carrots seasoned with za’atar and a cinnamon stick.

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Glazed Salmon and Bok Choy Sheet Pan Dinner

Glaze salmon fillets with hoisin sauce, and roast with halved baby bok choy and asparagus tossed with grated ginger and chopped scallions.

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Salmon and Zucchini Sheet Pan Dinner

Try a big piece of salmon, zucchini sprinkled with Parmesan, and tomato halves topped with parsley, oil and breadcrumbs.

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Sausage and Peppers Sheet Pan Dinner

For a nearly hands-off take on this classic dish, place sweet Italian sausage, sliced bell peppers and onions on the pan.

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Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Sheet Pan Dinner

Crumble sweet Italian sausage out of its casing, and add sliced fennel and broccoli rabe tossed with garlic slices and red pepper flakes.

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Kielbasa and Sauerkraut Sheet Pan Dinner

Pair kielbasa with sauerkraut (add caraway seeds, if you like their sharp aroma) and fingerling potatoes.

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Pork Chops and Apples Sheet Pan Dinner

Roast pork chops seasoned with mustard and herbes de Provence next to sliced apples with cinnamon and thyme, and parsnips with thyme.

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Crispy Tofu and Delicata Squash Sheet Pan Dinner

Dip tender tofu slices in egg, coat with panko breadcrumbs, and season with salt and pepper. Slice half-moons of delicata squash and brush with honey and chili powder, and finish the meal by placing spinach in a foil packet with sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds.

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Glazed Chicken and Broccoli Sheet Pan Dinner

Fill the pan with chicken drumsticks tossed with teriyaki, broccoli florets sprinkled with packaged fried shallots, and fingerling potatoes with salt and pepper. Depending on their size, the potatoes might need a little longer to cook, so put them in 5 to 10 minutes before everything else.

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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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30-Minute Lasagna

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.

Get the Recipe: Stovetop Lasagna

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.

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Oven-Fried Chicken

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.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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Cubano Sandwich with Quick Pickles

A traditional Cubano is made with homemade mojo sauce, slow roasted pulled pork, ham cheese and pickles. This shortcut version relies on dressed ham, mojo made with Italian dressing and quick homemade pickles for a sandwich that packs a ton of flavor into 35 minutes.

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Barbecue Mac and Cheese

Damaris adds barbecue sauce and beer for a twist on this classic dish. Shred your own cheese for the creamiest mac and cheese – pre-shredded packages often includes cellulose to help prevent clumping, but can leave you with a gritty cheese sauce.

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Tortellini Soup

Trisha's one-pot 30-minute meal is loaded with veggies and cheese tortellini, and topped with a nice grating of Parmesan cheese to bring out the soup's savory depths.

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Pork Chops with Wine and Garlic

Ree's 16-minute pork chops are finished with a balsamic-red wine sauce and lemony green beans.

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Spaghetti with Chianti and Fava Beans

Giada's spaghetti is colorful and rich with a spicy sausage kick.

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Fire Engine Meatballs

For a fun and vibrant twist on meatballs and marinara, try pepperoni meatballs with roasted red pepper sauce.

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Crunch-Topped Mac and Cheese

Carrots and turmeric help give this mac and cheese its extra-bright color. Don't worry — kids won't detect the added nutrition behind the American and cheddar cheeses.

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Mango Wings

To introduce new flavors to picky eaters, start with subtle changes to familiar foods, like mango glaze with chicken wings.

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Broccoli-Cheddar Soup

Bacon and cheese are obvious ways to make broccoli more appealing, but the real star in this soup is the edamame.

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Cranberry-Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Combine cranberry and red currant jelly to make a beautiful glaze for pork tenderloin. With everything ready in less than an hour, you'll want this recipe in your weekly roundup.

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Lemon Capellini

Pasta, butter and lemons: literally the only ingredients (other than salt, pepper and olive oil) for Ina's 15-minute lemon capellini, the perfect weeknight dinner.

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