10 Weeknight Dinners for Happy Families and Budgets

Pasta Primavera: Cook your choice of pasta and toss it with sautéed seasonal vegetables, garlic, and a simple olive oil or tomato sauce. Top with grated cheese for an easy and wholesome meal.

Stir-Fry: Make a quick stir-fry using lean protein like chicken, tofu, or shrimp, and a mix of colorful vegetables. Serve over rice or noodles with a soy-based stir-fry sauce.

Sheet Pan Fajitas: Slice bell peppers and onions, and mix them with sliced chicken or beef. Toss with fajita seasoning and roast on a sheet pan. Serve with tortillas, salsa, and optional toppings.

Black Bean Quesadillas: Mash black beans with spices and spread them on tortillas. Add shredded cheese, fold in half, and cook in a skillet until crispy. Serve with salsa, guacamole, and sour cream.

Vegetable Fried Rice: Use leftover rice and sauté it with diced vegetables, scrambled eggs, and soy sauce. You can also add some diced cooked chicken or tofu for added protein.

One-Pot Chili: Make a hearty chili by cooking ground meat (beef, turkey, or vegetarian), beans, tomatoes, and chili seasoning together in a pot. Serve with cornbread or rice.

Baked Potatoes with Toppings: Bake potatoes in the oven and set up a toppings bar with options like chili, cheese, sour cream, chives, and broccoli for a customizable dinner.

Homemade Pizza: Use store-bought pizza dough or tortillas as a base and let everyone customize their own mini pizzas with sauce, cheese, and various toppings.

Chicken and Vegetable Skillet: Sauté diced chicken with a mix of vegetables like carrots, zucchini, and bell peppers. Season with herbs and spices, and serve over rice or pasta.

Bean and Cheese Burritos: Fill tortillas with canned beans, shredded cheese, and sautéed onions and peppers. Roll them up and heat in a skillet until the cheese is melted and the tortillas are crispy.

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