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Super Fast Meal Ideas for Family Weeknight Dinners

As promised, I have finally rounded up all the reader recommendations for super fast meal ideas for family weeknight dinners.

These were a little tricky to organize as I couldn’t decide if I should categorize by cooking method (crockpot, sheet pan, etc.) or cuisine type! My hope is that this list is easy to scan and is categorized in a way that is helpful for your family meal planning!

Before we get down to the meal ideas for family dinners, I wanted to share a few tips that y’all submitted that I thought were brilliant.

Fast Dinner Tips

These aren’t necessarily recipes, but ideas that I thought were really helpful…

  • Use the delay start setting for your oven
  • Cook in the AM and reheat
  • #1 kitchen appliance recommendation — The Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer
  • Order lunch special sushi rolls (store in fridge)
  • Grill chicken on Sundays and use it for salads and wraps all week
  • For quick chicken, Bare Nuggets were highly recommended. Can also use rotisserie chicken for many of these recipes too!

Sandwiches & Wraps

  • BLTs
  • Buffalo chicken (hot sauce with rotisserie chicken) wraps
  • Tuna melts
  • Caesar salad wraps
  • Sloppy Joes
  • Chicken nugget wraps
  • Crockpot BBQ chicken sandwiches
  • Tomato soup and grilled cheese
  • Ham and cheese sliders

Breakfast for Dinner

  • breakfast casseroles
  • Scrambled eggs and toast
  • Quiche from Fresh Market


  • Tortellini with arugula + mushrooms and chicken with pesto
  • Crockpot ziti or oven-baked ziti
  • Chicken spaghetti in delayed bake oven
  • Costco tortellini with veggies and chicken sausage
  • “clean out the fridge” chickpea pasta + Rao’s sauce + veggie
  • Cauliflower gnocchi skillet with chicken sausage, spinach, Rao’s tomato sauce, top with parmesan


  • Pesto Chicken meatballs, add pasta or put on baguette
  • Meatball subs
  • Costco Italian meatballs with pesto
  • Slow cooker meatballs served with rolls & bagged Caesar salad


  • Veggie
  • Taco soup
  • Air fryer ravioli & tomato soup
Taco Soup

Quick Mexican

  • Shredded chicken tacos (can make in crockpot)
  • Tacos in a bag
  • Chicken fajitas
  • Sheet pan nachos
  • Crockpot enchilada casserole
  • Mexican Lasagna
  • Black bean burritos
  • Quesadillas/sheet pan quesadillas
  • Quinoa with taco seasoning, corn, onions, black beans with chips (can also serve as a wrap)
  • Pork carnitas with southwest salad
Vegetarian Enchiladas


  • Salad kit with baked salmon
  • Chicken Caesar
  • Chicken salad pitas
  • Salads in a jar
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Caesar Salad Kits (2 Ways)


  • Poke Bowls with 90 sec sticky rice, smoked salmon + spicy mayo
  • Salmon rice bowls
  • Greek chicken bowls
Tuna Poke Bowls

Trader Joe’s

  • Trader Joe’s cowboy veggie burgers
  • Trader Joe’s gyro meat pitas
  • Trader Joe’s teriyaki chicken with minute rice and steamed broccoli
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Other Ideas

  • Turkey meatloaf
  • Rotisserie Chicken for salads, wraps, or serve with veggies
  • Baked teriyaki pork chops with quick steamed rice, frozen broccoli and pineapple
  • Italian sausage with peppers onions, zucchini and garlic bread
  • Diced chicken sausage sauteed in sesame oil + veggies + rice
  • Pizza bagels
  • Beef bottom roast with 2 packets onion soup mix + 2 cans cream of celery
  • Kale chips (bake in oven) + chicken + fruit
  • Fancy instant ramen from Whole Foods — just add some fresh veggies fresh stuff
  • Hot dogs + burgers
  • gyros meat from costco with couscous, cucumbers, tomatoes
  • pork shoulder — cook on low heat _ use for tacos, sammies, pasta sauce all week
  • Make ahead Bisquick cheeseburger pie (turkey burger)
  • Cauliflower stir fry rice with chicken sauteed ahead of time
  • Marinated chicken to throw on grill as soon as we’re home for salad
  • Crockpot baked potatoes

I hope this list of meal ideas for family dinners helps you find a new delicious dinner to add to your busy weeknight rotation!

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