1. Pasta and Veggies on a single plate!
It’s amazing what you can do with a pack of whole wheat pasta and a bag of frozen veggies! Cook them all together for only 5 minutes, drain, add butter, grated parmesan cheese and you’ll get a yummy, delicious, and healthy meal. And, if you have any leftover (literally ANYTHING!) meat, heat it up and throw it in with the drained dish.
2. Super-Easy Beef Tacos
Many people’s favourites, tacos are an excellent option for dinner. Although you’ll need slightly over 10 mins to make this one, you’ll definitely be rewarded for the extra 5 minutes of preparation! Minced beef, lettuce, salsa, tomato and Cheddar cheese combine to make a delicious dish for dinner!
3. Burritos that Rock!
Besides being fun to fill and fold (especially when you’ve got help from little hands!), burritos also make exceptional dinners. Rice, beans, chicken or meat are popular fillings but you could also try sautéed onions, guacamole, sliced avocado or shredded cheese! Cook them to make them crisp on the outside and top with chilli sauce (or sour cream) and guacamole, if you want!
4. Pancakes that Take you to Haven!
Who could have thought that pancakes, besides a filling breakfast, also have a place on the dinner table! Top them with strawberries and cream, blueberries and maple syrup, marmalade, butter, and yoghurt, bacon-pecan syrup or chocolate, heavy cream, honey and sliced bananas and…bon apetit!
5. Spaghetti! What else!
Pasta is an undeniable winner and stars in many dinner tables the world over. Tonight, use jarred tomato sauce to speed preparation time. And, if you find around 20 minutes at some point in the next weeks or months, try adding Italian sausage or minced beef and make a mouth-watering meat sauce!
6. Cheese Quesadillas!
It is just amazing how many hats the humble flour tortillas wear! They can be made into yummy burritos and now quesadillas! Perfect of you have leftovers from last night’s meal, this recipe will please the palate of your hungry teens, and not only! Fill them with avocado and shrimp or beans and cheese (or whatever your heart desires) and rest assured that you’ll have crowds asking for more!
7. Pepperoni Pizza with Mozzarella and Tangy Sauce!
Prepare it in 10 minutes and let it bake for another 20 and get ready to enjoy a wonderful and filling family dinner tonight! Pizza, an all-time favourite, has so many variations that it’s impossible not to find a killer combination to satisfy your little ones. You can go for the guaranteed winners – cheese and ham – or use any ingredients you fancy to make it a super-health and finger-licking dinner!
8. Crab & scallion Salad with Ginger!
If you are willing to send another 5 minutes, you can make a filling salad packed with health and nutrition. In just 15 minutes, you can make a flavourful dish with crab meat, scallion, ginger, dried orange peels. As you make it, you may also want to experiment a bit and add new ingredients and reveal the chef inside you!
9. Comforting Miso Soup!
Savoury and warm, miso soup is bursting with flavours from the fresh veggies, soya sause, spicy salmon, rice, and wasabi. The little bites of tofu combine with the rest of ingredients with every scoop and create an explosion of tastes inside the mouth that it’s hard to resist!
10. Chicken Pot Pie
Asking for only 10 minutes of your time to prepare, mock chicken pot pie can be a real life-saver, when you are delayed at the office or get caught up with chores and tasks. This gives the well-known recipe a slight twist from the old favourite, which dirties only a single dish and is ready by the time you set the table for dinner!
11. Crunchy Grilled Shrimps
Shrimps are delicious to eat no matter how you cook them. Grilled shrimps have a unique flavor, don’t lose their precious nutrients and still remain tender and juice on the inside. For a quick dinner, they are a delightful option, especially when showered with fresh lemon juice and freshly-cut parsley!
12. Cheesy Scrambled Eggs
Eggs couldn’t be left out of this list, mainly because they can make a dinner on their own. You can make scrambled eggs and add cheese to eat alone or use as a filling for tacos and sandwiches. Maybe a dash of spicy sauce, if you fancy, and you are good to go.
13. Pizza Bread with…anything!
With various flavor options and whipped up in just 5 minutes, this pizza bread will make you lick your fingers at dinnertime. It’s as filling as every proper meal should be, but can also be served as a starter or snack. Use any baking dish you have in your kitchen and enjoy a delicious dinner in less than 15 minutes overall (setting the table included!).
14. Green Bean Casserole
If you want the children to try beans but are struggling to get them onboard, try this Green Bean Casserole recipe. Buy tinned mushrooms and pre-prepared croutons from your nearest supermarket to cut prep time to 10 minutes. By the time you all wash your hands and lay the table, you’ll have a tasty dinner waiting to be served!
15. Shepherd’s Pie Loaded with Nutrition!
Pies usually take a whole lot to prepare before you throw them in the oven to cook. However, this recipe gives you a welcoming twist that allows you to have it ready for cooking in just 10 minutes. A classic family dish for many people around the world that we bet will soon become your favourite, too!
16. Cheesy Chicken, Rice, and Broccoli Casserole
Admittedly, casseroles make wonderful meals. If cooked well and with the right ingredients, they can skyrocket everybody’s culinary experience! Put all the ingredients in the baking dish, mix them up, add the corn flake topping, drizzle melted butter on top, and cook!
17. Three-ingredient Crock Pot Chicken Teriyaki
You won’t believe how delicious this one will turn out, even with just 3 ingredients! Nice chicken breasts, a bottle of good teriyaki sauce, and frozen veggies will make tonight’s dinner a special treat for everyone in the family, particularly the little ones!
18. Beef, Spinach, Macaroni, and Tomato Sauce in One Pot!
If you want a dish with added nutritional value that also tastes lovely, you just found it. It won’t take you more than 5 minutes to prepare and another 10 mins to cook, plus it’s open to lots of variations to suit your tastes. Start with the macaroni-frozen spinach-peppers-shredded cheese mix and see how you can add to that!
19. Baked Cheddar Chicken with Creamy Topping
There’s no doubt that chicken recipes are very popular among children. No matter how you cook it and what you serve it with, chicken is a winner each and every time. This recipe is admittedly something different, though. The mayonnaise-based topping and the cheddar-breadcrumbs that cover the chicken bites give an extra creaminess and crunchiness that are simply unbeatable!
20. Delicious Minced Beef with Buttery Courgette
Meat and vegetables marry and give you a palate-pleasing dinner. Their contrasting flavours are surprisingly well-balanced in this recipe. As for adding the freshly squeezed lemon juice just before serving, it’s a welcoming taste booster. Of course, you can replace beef with chicken, lamb or pork, for something different, always depending on the tastes your children love!
21. Nutrition-packed Chia Seed Pudding
High in omega-3s, this chia seed pudding is equally great for dinner and breakfast. Plus, it’s a make-ahead recipe that can be particularly handy when you don’t have much time to devote to dinner making. Coconut milk, Chia seeds, and honey will give you a divine outcome that will please everybody in the family!
22. Smoked Salmon Sandwich on Whole Wheat Bread
Take hummus, red onions, tomato, and thinly sliced smoked salmon and place on whole wheat bread. What you get is a healthy energy booster and a mixture rich in protein and fibres. What more can you ask for tonight!
23. Nourishing Sesame Kale
This Sesame Kale is filling and can be brought as quick, simple dinner of even lunch. Flavourful as it can be and loaded with spices, veggies, and herbs, it’s an excellent idea to please your children on a weeknight!