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40 Easy Dinner Ideas for Families

From Autumnal Pumpkin Chilis to Creamy Avocado Pastas

— November 24, 2015 — Lifestyle
When it comes to easy dinner ideas that will satisfy a family, it's imperative to keep things simple and quick to prepare, which are two factors that this collection takes into account. Children -- much more so than adults -- are picky eaters, which means it's crucial to keep dishes interesting to appeal to discerning palates. As such, you'll find strange infusions and interestingly easy ways to serve dishes without having to buy special ingredients.

Many of the easy dinner ideas you'll find here are family-focused, in that they highlight a slightly heavier profile; rice, potato and other root veggies are used to make smaller portions fill up eaters more evenly than larger portions of lighter fare.

Whether it's something to whip up for the family on a weeknight or something to serve on Sunday evening, these easy dinner ideas have both parents and kids covered.
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Mexican Quinoa Salads
Mexican Quinoa Salads
This Vegetarian Recipe is Here Just In Time for Vegetarian Awareness Month
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Mexican Stuffed Squashes
Mexican Stuffed Squashes
This Stuffed Sweet Potato Recipe Takes Inspiration From mexican Cuisine
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Fajita-Stuffed Potatoes
Fajita-Stuffed Potatoes
The Chipotle-Drizzled Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Contain Mexican Veggies
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DIY Autumn Squash Pizzas
DIY Autumn Squash Pizzas
This Homemade Delicata and Spicy Sausage Pizza is the Perfect Fall Recipe
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Festive Squash Lasagnas
Festive Squash Lasagnas
This Hearty Noodle Dish is Filled with a Fall Butternut Squash Filling
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Autumnal Cheese Dips
Autumnal Cheese Dips
This Extra Cheesy Brie Dip Contains Caramelized Fennel, Garlic and Leeks
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Seasonal Squash Pastas
Seasonal Squash Pastas
This Vegan Mac and Cheese Recipe Contains Autumnal Butternut Squash
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Meaty Potato Salads
Meaty Potato Salads
This Potato Salad Recipe Features Chinese Sausage Ingredients
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Autumnal Pumpkin Chilis
Autumnal Pumpkin Chilis
The Apple Cider and Squash Soup Recipe Makes a Hearty Meal in Cold Weather
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Protein-Enriched Pastas
Protein-Enriched Pastas
The Banza Chickpea Noodles Contain Added Protein to Compare to Meat
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Bacon-Fried Rice Recipes
Bacon-Fried Rice Recipes
This Breakfast Fried Rice is Topped with Two Eggs for a Hearty Meal
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Creamy Avocado Pastas
Creamy Avocado Pastas
This Vegetarian Pasta Features a Cream Sauce Made from Avocados
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Fruity Pull-Apart Breads
Fruity Pull-Apart Breads
This Herb and Pomegranate Bread Recipe Makes an Unusual Appetizer
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Potato-Based Dinner Rolls
Potato-Based Dinner Rolls
These No-Knead Dinner Rolls are Perfect for Thanksgiving
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Vegetarian Tofu Tacos
Vegetarian Tofu Tacos
This Meatless Taco Recipe Incorporates Black Sesame For a Fun Twist
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Frozen Truffle Pastas
Frozen Truffle Pastas
Evol's Frozen Pasta Dinner Turns Mac & Cheese Gourmet
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Squash Lasagna Bakes
Squash Lasagna Bakes
This Spaghetti Squash Lasagna is a Healthy Cross-Cultural Dish
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Wheatless Zoodles Recipes
Wheatless Zoodles Recipes
Carb-Replacing Vegetable Pasta Dishes are Healthy and Delicious
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5 Minute Pies
5 Minute Pies
Refinery29's Extremely Easy Berry Pie Recipe Only Takes Five Minutes to Assemble
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Convenient Penne Pastas
Convenient Penne Pastas
Fazoli's Penne Romano is Baked With Two Cheeses and Meat Sauce
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Chalkboard Boxed Dinner Branding
Chalkboard Boxed Dinner Branding
These Lean Cuisine Dinner Boxes Feature White Chalk Text
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DIY Exotic Food Baskets
DIY Exotic Food Baskets
These ‘Passport Dinners’ Let You Go On a Culinary Adventure
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Healthy Microwavable Moussakas
Healthy Microwavable Moussakas
Cedar Lane's Eggplant Mediterranean Moussaka is High in Protein
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Pre-Made Pasta Meals
Pre-Made Pasta Meals
Luvo's Frozen Pastas Feature No Artificial Ingredients
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Macaroni-Stuffed Appetizers
Macaroni-Stuffed Appetizers
These Mac and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms Include Spicy Shredded Chicken
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Nacho Taco Kits
Nacho Taco Kits
This Old El Paso Taco Kit Features a Cheesy Orange Dorito-Like Taco
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Stuffed Gourd Stews
Stuffed Gourd Stews
This Thai Curry Recipe is a Perfect Way to Warm Up the Fall and Winter
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Mini Pizza Muffins
Mini Pizza Muffins
The Pepperoni Pizza Pull Apart Muffins from How Sweet It Is are a Savory Snack
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Family-Friendly Recipe Subscriptions
Family-Friendly Recipe Subscriptions
This Service Provides Recipes for Large Families
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Superfood Rice Dinners
Superfood Rice Dinners
Trader Joe's Organic Superfood Pilaf is an Easy Frozen Dinner Option
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Plant-Based Freezer Meals
Plant-Based Freezer Meals
These Frozen Dinners are Completely Free of Animals Products
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Noodle-Infused Tacos
Noodle-Infused Tacos
This Ramen Taco Mixes up a Favorite Mexican Dish
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Three-in-One Meals
Three-in-One Meals
Get Extreme Mac and Cheese Balls with this Meatloaf Bacon Twist
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Zucchini Noodle Recipes
Zucchini Noodle Recipes
This Light Pasta Recipe Features Fresh Veggies and Spicy Shrimp
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Sausage Stuffed Rigatoni Meals
Sausage Stuffed Rigatoni Meals
Olive Garden's Stuffed Pasta Menu Item Features Homemade Meat Sauce
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Cheese-Infused Cupcakes
Cheese-Infused Cupcakes
The Cheddar And Jalapeno Muffins Recipe Updates Brunch
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Frozen Superfood Dinners
Frozen Superfood Dinners
Frozen Dinners by Tommy's Superfoods Are Packed with Nutrients
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Vibrant Fish Burger Packaging
Vibrant Fish Burger Packaging
This Brand of Fish Burgers Boasts a Vibrant Packaging Design
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Mouthwatering Pie Boxes
Mouthwatering Pie Boxes
Greeklicious' Pie Packaging Design Supersizes Images to Show Filling
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Healthy Prepared Meals
Healthy Prepared Meals
Meal Preparation is Taken Care of with a Freshly Food Delivery
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