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19 Realistic Weeknight Family Meals For Busy People

Recipes you'll want to make and the whole family will want to eat.

1. Easy Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas

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Not a huge fan of steak? You could try these sheet pan fajitas with chicken or shrimp, or roast some sweet potatoes and keep them totally vegetarian. Get the recipe for Easy Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas here.

2. Sheet Pan Parmesan Crusted Chicken and Broccoli

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Fact: Veggies taste better when they're dusted with Parmesan cheese. Get the recipe for Sheet Pan Parmesan Crusted Chicken and Broccoli here.

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3. One Pot Mushroom, Spinach, Artichoke Pasta

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Throw your ingredients into a pot of boiling water and voilà: creamy, decadent pasta in no time, with almost no cleanup. Get the recipe for One Pot Mushroom, Spinach, Artichoke Pasta here.

4. 20-Minute Chicken Ramen Stir-Fry

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Turn that packaged ramen into an upscale meal the kids and adults will enjoy. Spice these bowls up by adding your favorite veggies and proteins. If you want to get really fancy, top it with a fried or soft-boiled egg. Get the recipe for 20-Minute Chicken Ramen Stir-Fry here.

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5. Pulled Pork Sandwiches With Apple Slaw

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Pulled pork takes a while to simmer and get tender, but thanks to your slow cooker, you can let it cook while you run your errands and get on with your day. When dinnertime comes around, your food basically made itself. Get the recipe for slow cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches With Apple Slaw here.

6. One Pot Creamy Sausage Gnocchi

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Premade gnocchi is a lazy-dinner lifesaver. This recipe calls for a homemade sauce, but if you're trying to save time, you can always reach for your favorite canned stuff. Get the recipe for One Pot Creamy Sausage Gnocchi here.

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7. Easy Chicken Tortellini Soup

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Step away from the store-bought soup. The homemade version tastes worlds better, and it's so easy to make. You can even whip up a big batch and freeze some in individual portions for busy nights. Get the recipe for Easy Chicken Tortellini Soup here.

8. Crock-Pot Tuscan Garlic Chicken With Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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Your trusty Crock-Pot is a total savior on hectic weeknights. Just throw your ingredients inside, turn it on, and wait for dinner. Get the recipe for Crock-Pot Tuscan Garlic Chicken With Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes here.

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9. Biscuit Chicken Pot Pie

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This ultimate comfort food comes together in no time, thanks to store-bought biscuits. Get the recipe for Biscuit Chicken Pot Pie here.

10. Instant Pot Jambalaya

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If the kids are averse to seafood, just use sausage in this comforting Cajun classic. You can always toss in chicken for even more protein. Get the recipe for Instant Pot Jambalaya here.

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11. Instant Pot Chili Mac 'n' Cheese

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Kidney beans, noodles, ground beef, and diced tomatoes go into the Instant Pot with a bunch of spices, and the result is this cozy, feel-good dish. Get the recipe for Instant Pot Chili Mac 'n' Cheese here.

12. 15-Minute Sheet Pan Chicken Fried Rice

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Forget about the takeout tonight. This fried rice couldn't be easier. In fact, it comes together on a single sheet pan, so you don't even have to worry about doing the dishes. Get the recipe for 15-Minute Sheet Pan Chicken Fried Rice here.

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13. Instant Pot Pot Roast and Potatoes

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This recipe is so simple, you can even cook the pot roast from frozen. Just pour everything into your Instant Pot and let this handy appliance work its magic. Get the recipe for Instant Pot Pot Roast and Potatoes here.

14. Muffin Tin Meatloaf

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The best part of these individually portioned meatloaves is that you can make them ahead of time and freeze them for future nights. Get the recipe for Muffin Tin Meatloaf here.

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15. Easy Sloppy Joes

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You probably ate sloppy Joes as a kid, but this childhood classic never gets old. It's a no-fuss, satisfying dinner that always hits the spot. Get the recipe for Easy Sloppy Joes here.

16. Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup

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What happens when chicken Parmesan and tomato soup — two ultimate comfort food recipes — combine into one bowl? Well, you'll have to make it to find out. Get the recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup here.

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17. One Pan Ranch Pork Chops and Veggies

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When it comes to busy weeknights, nothing beats a simple, stress-free, and mess-free one-pan meal. Get the recipe for One Pan Ranch Pork Chops and Veggies here.

18. No-Boil Baked Penne With Meatballs

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PSA: You don't even have to boil the noodles to make this easy baked pasta recipe. Get the recipe for No-Boil Baked Penne With Meatballs here.

19. Super Easy Mongolian Beef

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This Chinese takeout specialty comes together as easily as 1, 2, 3 in the comfort of your own kitchen. Serve it over rice or steamed veggies for a complete meal. Get the recipe for Super Easy Mongolian Beef here.

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