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15 Best Family-Friendly Weeknight Dinners

Easy peasy weeknight meals for the entire family all made in 30 min or less. You can’t beat that!

15 Best Family-Friendly Weeknight Dinners - Easy peasy weeknight meals for the entire family all made in 30 min or less. You can't beat that!

Free yourself from take-out and drive-thru on those super busy nights and try out these 30 min meals instead. With these recipes, you can get dinner on the table so quickly and effortlessly. Some of these recipes even come together in a single pan, which makes clean-up a breeze!

1. Spaghetti Carbonara – All you need is 5 ingredients and 15 minutes. Plus, you can’t go wrong with Parmesan and bacon. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Spaghetti Carbonara - The easiest pasta dish you will ever make with just 5 ingredients in 15 min, loaded with Parmesan and crisp bacon goodness!

2. Easy Lemon Chicken – You’ll never guess how quickly this crisp, tender chicken comes together with just a handful of ingredients. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Easy Lemon Chicken - You’ll never guess how quickly this crisp, tender chicken comes together with just a handful of ingredients!

3. One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese – Two favorite comfort foods come together in the easiest one-pot meal. [GET THE RECIPE.]

One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese - Two favorite comfort foods come together in this easy, 30 min one-pot meal that the whole family will love!

4. Baked Ravioli – Amazingly cheesy, creamy and comforting. All done in less than 30 min. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Baked Ravioli - Amazingly cheesy, creamy, comforting ravioli made in 30 minutes or less, perfect for those busy weeknights!

5. Broccoli Quinoa Casserole – Healthy, cheesy comfort food without any of the guilt. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole - Healthy, cheesy comfort food without any of the guilt!

6. Pesto Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Roasted Asparagus – Quick, easy, and chockfull of veggies. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Pesto Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Roasted Asparagus - A quick and easy dish for those busy weeknights, and it’s chockfull of veggies!

7. Honey Salmon in Foil – A no-fuss, super easy salmon dish that’s baked in foil for the most tender, most flavorful salmon ever. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Honey Salmon in Foil - A no-fuss, super easy salmon dish that's baked in foil for the most tender, most flavorful salmon ever!

8. Korean Beef Bowl – Tastes just like Korean BBQ, except it’s on your dinner table in 15 min. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Korean Beef Bowl - Tastes just like Korean BBQ and is on your dinner table in just 15 minutes!

9. One Pot Pizza Pasta Bake – Who can ever say no to pasta in pizza-form loaded with mini pepperonis? [GET THE RECIPE.]

One Pot Pizza Pasta Bake - An easy crowd-pleasing one pot meal that the whole family will love! Everyone will be begging for seconds!

10. Spinach Tomato Tortellini Soup – The easiest, most comforting and hearty soup ever. All you need is 5 min prep. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Spinach Tomato Tortellini Soup - The easiest, most comforting and hearty soup ever. All you need is 5 min prep. SO EASY!

11. Chicken Pesto Sandwich – Lightened up with Greek yogurt, this hearty sandwich is one of the quickest, most tastiest meals you’ll ever have. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Chicken Pesto Sandwich - Lightened up with Greek yogurt, this hearty sandwich is one of the quickest, most tastiest meals you'll ever have!

12. Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo – An incredibly creamy, rich alfredo sauce that takes less than 20 min to make from start to finish. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo - An incredibly creamy, rich alfredo sauce that takes less than 20 min to make from start to finish!

13. Honey Garlic Chicken – Crisp-tender chicken with a honey garlic sauce that is out of this world. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Honey Garlic Chicken - The most amazing crisp-tender chicken with a honey garlic sauce that is out of this world!

14. Stovetop Mac and Cheese – Comfort food never tasted so good in this no-fuss mac and cheese. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Stovetop Mac and Cheese - A quick and easy, no-fuss mac and cheese made in less than 30 min. Comfort food never tasted so good!

15. One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta – The easiest and creamiest pasta made in a single pot – even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan. [GET THE RECIPE.]

One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta - The easiest and creamiest pasta made in a single pot – even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan! How easy is that?

 

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26 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    it was so helpful.

  2. I adore cooking for my family and im only 8* years old i love making things that are challenging and that are quick and damn deliciouse is my favorite website to be on

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    I am new to these recipes but I can say that they look amazing and simple to prepare. I love that it is simple ingredients that won’t break the bank to buy. Thank you so much ahead of time. I can’t wait to make each one of these amazing recipes. Keep them coming.

  4. Thanks, this will make my week easier. Only two of us, but will certainly save time❤️

  5. What I love most about your recipes is that they don’t include a lot of foreign ingredients, and most things I already have in my cupboard. Thank you for creating such yummy looking meals!

  6. Your Korean beef bowl is Ah-mazing!! A huge hit in our family! Thank you for sharing your recipes! They have ALL been wonderful!!

  7. I like your recipes.Thank you.

  8. These all sound so good! I shared this on facebook

  9. Have made and loved many of your recipes! Am putting the Korean Beef Bowl on the menu for this week!

  10. I have indeed used many of your recepes. All were great, tasty meals. The ingredients are basic. Timing on each recepe is minimal making dinner is now easy! Thank you so much for these great meals!

  11. You featured so many recipes on this weeknight list that I’ve been meaning to try for the longest time! I think this is a sign that I need to get my butt in gear and try these recipes, especially the Korean Beef Bowl and the Lemon Chicken. 🙂

  12. These all look heavenly. Thanks for the roundup! After a long day at work, it’s nice, sometimes, to whip something up simple, delicious, and quick 🙂

  13. Great collection of simple but tasty dinners – Can’t wait to try these! I’m so hooked on your site – Thanks for posting!

  14. Mmm I have tried your honey salmon, and would love to try out the Korean beef bowl as well, actually it all looks so darn tasty! Thanks for your lovely recipe collections, they’re quite something and so so inspiring 😀 x

  15. I’m somewhat new to Damn Delicious but have made several of your recipes now and they have all been a big hit! Thanks so much for sharing… I will be pinning this 🙂

  16. I love one pot meals! Can gluten free pasta be used in the pasta dishes? Thanks for making cooking good food easier!

    • You can certainly substitute gluten-free pasta but without further recipe testing, I cannot speak for how much this will change the overall taste/texture of the dish. Please use your best judgment to make the appropriate substitutions to fit your dietary restrictions.

  17. Oh my goodness… I just came across your website and l absolutely love it! I follow you on pinterest too…This is one of the top 10 food blogs out there! Thank you for so many recipes. Keep up the good work:)x

  18. This is a great roundup and some of these have become our tried and true! I also love to keep some roasted or grilled chicken in the freezer so it takes the protein prep out of some of these dishes, making them even faster for this working mama. Your recipes never disappoint! Thanks!

  19. You make amazing dinners! And you don’t even have kids! Want to come to my house and make dinners for us? 🙂

    • I know this comment is old, but… why one earth would a person not be able to make great meals if they don’t have kids? You sound surprised that she has a talent even though she hasn’t procreated. ffs

      • If I didn’t have kids, I might just eat cereal for supper and not even bother to go to the trouble. Sure would be a whole lot easier. I think that’s probably what she meant. (ffs)

      • I think it was more that she labeled the post family friendly dinners in consideration of others even though she herself does not have to think of this on a daily basis. 😛

        • You all need to stop being so damn sensitive! This is what is wrong with this world, now no one is allowed to have an opinion or just title a recipe post without someone getting offended. If you don’t like it shut up and stop trying to wreck it for the rest of us who are not a bunch of *******! 

      • Why be nasty? Who does it serve? The recipes are great. Her home life is not the point.