10 Weeknight Dinner Ideas For The Whole Family

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5. One-Pan Pasta

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You know what’s worse than cooking a full weeknight dinner? Cleaning it up.

The sink will inevitably be filled with pots, pans, bowls, and utensils that demand your time and attention. That’s why one-pan recipes are our favorite—and they’re even better when they’re pasta.

For this weeknight dinner recipe, you cook your pasta right in the sauce and throw all your ingredients in the same pan. You can cook and serve without dirtying a second dish, and it allows the noodles to soak up all the flavorful goodness of the other ingredients.

This one-pan pasta recipe will save the evening when your family is hungry and short on time. You’ll find it here.

6. Shrimp Scampi

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Shrimp scampi sounds like something you can only get at a nice sit-down seafood restaurant, but with the right recipe, it makes an easy weeknight dinner straight out of your kitchen.

As long as you have plump shrimp at your disposal, you can easily whip up this recipe in about 20 minutes. You can also add pasta to make it a complete and wholesome meal.

Shrimp scampi is traditionally made with white wine, but you can substitute this ingredient with anything from water to chicken broth. The recipe itself is flexible, and you can try different liquids to find the taste you like best.

Click here for the full recipe.

7. Instant Pot Chicken with Honey Garlic Sauce

You’ll need an instant pot for this recipe, and if you don’t currently have one, trust us, it’s a good investment. Instant pots are this amazing kitchen appliance that cook food faster and with less mess than any other method.

Having an instant pot will completely change your opinion of weeknight dinners. Once you join the instant pot family, this is one of the first recipes you should try out. 

The sauce is savory and sweet, and the chicken is fall-off-the-bone delicious. Your family will think you spent all day slaving over this meal, when in reality it takes about 20 minutes.

Learn how to make it here.

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Bee is a popular food blogger and best-selling cookbook author. She blogs at https://rasamalaysia.com and https://easyweeknight.com. Her specialties include Asian cuisine and easy weeknight dinners for the entire family.

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