10 Easy Dinner Ideas for Busy Nights

by - July 21, 2020

10 Easy Dinner Ideas for Busy Nights

It's hard to believe that school will be starting back soon. Whether you'll be home schooling, doing virtual or distance learning, or sending your kids back to the classroom, our days are about to get even busier than they are right now. Parenting is always challenging, but it seems like the last several months have been even more so. The entire family is home at the same time more often, and it feels like parents are taking on more stress and responsibilities. If you're anything like me, some days dinner is the furthest thing from your mind. But even on those days when I really don't feel like cooking, I'd prefer a home-cooked meal over take-out.

I've rounded up some easy recipes that have been hits in my house to hopefully make meal-time a little less stressful for you. We've made all of these recipes, even though I don't have photographic proof of each one. My five-year-old daughter will eat each of these without many complaints. I tried to do a variety of types of recipes, from InstantPot to slow cooker and traditional stove/oven.

What are some of your family's easy, go-recipes for busy nights?

French Onion Chicken Bake - This is probably the most flavorful baked chicken recipe I've ever made. I added in potatoes with the french onion mix sprinkled on top of them for a well-rounded, one-pan meal. We had no leftovers.

Baked Tortellini - This is seriously the easiest pasta bake, and guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.

Instant Pot Tuna Noodle Casserole - I couldn't not include this one. It's only been the most popular post on this blog for going on two years now. We absolutely LOVE this tuna noodle casserole. And it takes less than twenty minutes to make.

Instant Pot Vegetable Beef Soup - This is another house favorite, and makes enough for multiple meals throughout the week.

Taco Roll Ups - Our family has a lot of taco nights. This is just a fun way to change things up, and it's an easy meal to let your kids help out with.

Instant Pot Chili Mac - We affectionately call this dish 'chili noodles' in our house. It's definitely a kid favorite.

Crock Pot Fritos Taco Bowls - This is another twist on traditional tacos, but instead of making everything right at dinner time, you let it simmer in the slow cooker all day.

Mini Chicken Pot Pies - Mini foods are so much fun, right? I promise you'll love this bite-sized version of this comfort food, and it's another one your kids can help with.

Italian Chicken & Veggies - This has been one of our favorite dinners for years, and the best part is that you can change up the vegetables each time you make it!

Smothered Beef Burritos - It's been awhile since we've made these, but man are they so good.

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