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    26 Everyday Dinner Ideas That Are Both Kid-Friendly And Adult-Approved

    These dishes can please even the pickiest of palates.

    Finding a meal for the whole family can feel like a real chore.

    Because the last thing you want is to be making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches AFTER you've spent time cooking for everyone. (Anyone else?) 

    These recipes feature no-fail flavor combos (such as meat + carbs + cheese) or options that give you lots of freedom to adjust ingredients like veggies and spice levels to best fit your needs. There's something here for everyone, so you can actually sit back and truly enjoy the meal as well. (Oh, and let someone else take care of the dishes.) 

    1. Classic Lasagna

    Classic Lasagna

    It's the champion of family meals: a meaty, saucy, cheesy, and most importantly, easy lasagna.

    Recipe: Classic Lasagna | Shop This Recipe

    2. Slow Cooker Barbacoa-Style Beef Tacos

    Slow Cooker Barbacoa-Style Beef Tacos

    This recipe serves eight people, but if you're planning on leftovers, you may want to make more. It's that good.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Barbacoa-Style Beef Tacos | Shop This Recipe

    3. Cozy Chicken and Dumplings

    Cozy Chicken and Dumplings

    Need a culinary hug? Then this is the meal you've been waiting for.

    Recipe: Cozy Chicken and Dumplings | Shop This Recipe

    4. One-Pot Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta

    One-Pot Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta

    This is a garlicky, buttery, and delicious family feast, but any home cook's eyes will get wide when they see these two magic words: "one pot."

    Recipe: One-Pot Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta | Shop This Recipe

    5. Simple Veggie Curry

    Simple Veggie Curry

    This is one of those super-versatile dishes you want to have in your back pocket. It's vegetarian friendly, really good with swaps (sweet potatoes for regular potatoes, etc.), and you can adjust the spice level — accommodating even the tiniest of diners.

    Recipe: Simple Veggie Curry | Shop This Recipe

    6. Instant Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork

    Instant Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork

    Savory and sweet, this has something for every palate. And if you don't have root beer on hand, try Coca-Cola or Dr. Pepper!

    Recipe: Instant Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork | Shop This Recipe

    7. Ultimate Mac ‘n’ Cheese

    Ultimate Mac 'n' Cheese

    We see your boxed mac 'n' cheese and raise you this recipe for the ultimate mac 'n' cheese. Bacon, panko, fresh herbs, and ALL THE CHEESE make this a meal to remember.

    Recipe: Ultimate Mac ‘n’ Cheese | Shop This Recipe

    8. 20-Minute Beef and Broccoli Noodle Stir-Fry

    20-Minute Beef And Broccoli Noodle Stir-Fry

    This dish is a takeout fan fave, but the best part? It comes together faster than it takes to chase down everyone's order and call it in for delivery.

    Recipe: 20-Minute Beef and Broccoli Noodle Stir-Fry | Shop This Recipe

    9. Make-Ahead Breakfast Enchiladas

    Make-Ahead Breakfast Enchiladas

    Prep this the night before, and you'll be able to bake it in the morning and feel like a Top Chef — before you've even had your coffee.

    Recipe: Make-Ahead Breakfast Enchiladas | Shop This Recipe

    10. Mushroom Stroganoff

    Mushroom Stroganoff

    This vegan-friendly dish is for anyone who appreciates pasta and a creamy sauce. That's most people, right?!

    Recipe: Mushroom Stroganoff | Shop This Recipe

    11. One-Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup

    One-Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup

    Ah, the coziest of all the comfort foods. This vegetarian soup is a hearty meal on its own, but for added protein just add chicken!

    Recipe: One-Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup | Shop This Recipe

    12. Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwich Roll

    Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwich Roll

    Perfect for lunch or dinner (or, even better, lunch AND dinner), these sandwiches can feed the whole crew.

    Recipe: Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwich Roll | Shop This Recipe

    13. Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

    Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

    One key to family meals? Customizable toppings. This hearty soup is a great base for fresh avocado, cheese, cilantro, and anything else you want to put on top.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup | Shop This Recipe

    14. Instant Pot Butter Chicken

    Instant Pot Butter Chicken

    Everyone knows that the Instant Pot is the home chef's BFFL. Use it to make this meal, and you'll have the start of a beautiful friendship.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Butter Chicken | Shop This Recipe

    15. Banana French Toast Bake

    Banana French Toast Bake

    Family brunch, anyone? Zhuzh it up and make it with brioche bread instead of French bread.

    Recipe: Banana French Toast Bake | Shop This Recipe

    16. Giant BBQ Rib Sandwich (To Feed a Crowd)

    Giant BBQ Rib Sandwich (To Feed A Crowd)

    McWhatnow? This rib sandwich recipe is golden when it comes to feeding the fam.

    Recipe: Giant BBQ Rib Sandwich (To Feed a Crowd) | Shop This Recipe

    17. Cheeseburger Skewers

    Cheeseburger Skewers

    This is a fun spin on a cookout staple — and perfect for customizing with extra toppings. And by extra toppings, we mean bacon.

    Recipe: Cheeseburger Skewers | Shop This Recipe

    18. Chicken Alfredo Pizza

    Chicken Alfredo Pizza

    It's a beautiful thing when everyone's favorite pasta dish can become everyone's new favorite pizza.

    Recipe: Chicken Alfredo Pizza | Shop This Recipe

    19. Cheesy French Onion Chicken

    Cheesy French Onion Chicken

    This open-faced sandwich brings together the time-tested trinity of bread, meat, and cheese. You really can't go wrong here!

    Recipe: Cheesy French Onion Chicken | Shop This Recipe

    20. Honey-Lime Chicken and Avocado Salad

    Honey-Lime Chicken And Avocado Salad

    This recipe proves that healthy meals don't need to sacrifice on flavor. The bright, fresh ingredients and flavors scream summer, but it will hit the spot any time of year.

    Recipe: Honey-Lime Chicken and Avocado Salad | Shop This Recipe

    21. Loaded BBQ Chicken Nachos

    Loaded BBQ Chicken Nachos

    Not only will this flavorful dish be a real hit, but there's a solid chance you already have a lot of the ingredients in your pantry and fridge.

    Recipe: Loaded BBQ Chicken Nachos | Shop This Recipe

    22. Slow-Cooker Thai Green Curry

    Slow-Cooker Thai Green Curry

    What veggies do you have lying around in the fridge? How much heat can your family handle? These decisions are between you and your slow cooker with this adjustable recipe.

    Recipe: Slow-Cooker Thai Green Curry | Shop This Recipe

    23. Salmon and Veggie Sheet-Pan Dinner

    Salmon And Veggie Sheet-Pan Dinner

    There's nothing fishy about this easy, well-balanced, and delicious dinner. Don't like Brussels sprouts? Broccoli can also work well!

    Recipe: Salmon and Veggie Sheet-Pan Dinner | Shop This Recipe

    24. Easy One-Pan Pork Tenderloin Dinner With Apples and Onion

    Easy One-Pan Pork Tenderloin Dinner With Apples And Onion

    This meal has major Sunday night dinner vibes that will help you squeeze a little more joy out of the weekend. And then maybe some more joy when you have the leftovers for lunch on Monday.

    Recipe: Easy One-Pan Pork Tenderloin Dinner With Apples and Onion | Shop This Recipe

    25. Grilled Corn Summer Pasta Salad

    Grilled Corn Summer Pasta Salad

    Not trying to get corny (sorry), but this is the kind of meal summer memories are made of.

    Recipe: Grilled Corn Summer Pasta Salad | Shop This Recipe

    26. Chicken Gyros

    Chicken Gyros

    The chicken is delicious, but you're going to want to put that tzatziki sauce on everything. Plan accordingly.

    Recipe: Chicken Gyros | Shop This Recipe

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