For some families, being stuck at home right now is a time to experiment with new recipes. For others, quarantine life more about sticking to tried-and-true flavors. Either way, quick dinners the whole family will love are key, especially when social distancing means the kids are constantly circling the kitchen with nowhere else to go. Here are 11 quick and easy recipes that use some family-favorite ingredients like tomatoes, potatoes, cheese, chicken, and pasta. These meals are sure to please picky eaters and exhausted parents alike.
Bright, spring-inspired basil pesto makes these loaded caprese grilled cheese sandwiches just the pick-me-up your family needs come dinnertime. You can make these using almost any kind of bread too.
A colorful stir fry helps pack the table with veggies and simply add whichever protein your family enjoys. This meal also does really well as leftovers.
A cozy shepherd’s pie might look like you spent all afternoon in the kitchen, when really it was only 20 minutes. It’s a great pantry meal filled with foods you already have around the house.
Sneak some cod or halibut onto the dinner table by upping the fun factor with kid-approved pomegranate seeds.
Fill your bellies with warm pasta and chickpeas by cooking this Italian stew. Leave a bowl of pecorino or parmesan on the dinner table for kids to sprinkle on top.
Toss some steak and veggies onto a sheet pan for a simple, Italian-inspired meal in under 30 minutes.