Simple, Family-Friendly, Weeknight Meals

posted by Andrea | 02/21/2011

What are you making for dinner tonight?

Need a few suggestions?

Even though I try to plan our meals in advance, there are always nights when I’m not sure what to make. I have my favorite meals that I make regularly {maybe too regularly} but sometimes, I just want something different.

However, it needs to be quick, simple, with “normal” ingredients — and I have to be pretty darn sure that we’ll like it!

If you can relate, then you’re in luck! I’ve put together a great list of simple, family-friendly, weeknight meals from some of my favorite food websites.


1. Chicken Pot Pie — this is my recipe and you can easily make it the night before.

2. Classic Pot Roast — A Farmgirl’s Dabbles

3. Layered Taco Bake — Simple Bites

4. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches — Good Cheap Eats {can’t get much simpler than that!}

5. Cornbread Dressing Chicken Casserole — Food For My Family {another make-ahead meal}

6. Turkey Meatloaf — My Kitchen Addiction

7. Three Cheese Chicken Penne Bake — Tidy Mom

8. Cheddar, Broccoli, and Bacon Stuffed Potatoes — What Megan’s Making

9. Homemade Pizza — here are 7 delicious pizza recipes that are sure to please!

10. Here are nine more delicious, family-friendly casseroles from Life.YourWay

I hope these simple, family-friendly recipes will help you and your busy family enjoy a few extra family meals this week!

Oh, and make sure you check out my FREE meal planning printables to help jump-start your meal planning efforts!

What are your favorite weeknight meals?


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  1. Erika


    LOVE these ideas! I need all the help I can get when it comes to ideas for meals! Thanks!


  2. Aimee @ Simple Bites


    Thanks for including my taco bake! Such a fun round-up.


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  4. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles


    I have been craving tacos lately, so that layered taco bake is calling to me! So much deliciousness here. Thanks for featuring my pot roast – I appreciate it!


  5. TidyMom


    OOOh, lots of yummy ideas! Thanks for featuring my pasta!!


  6. Jen Schall


    Thanks so much for featuring my meatloaf… These all look like great dishes! I’m excited to check out the others.