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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

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

Recipe: Classic Lasagna

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2. Slow Cooker Barbacoa-Style Beef Tacos

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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

3. Cozy Chicken and Dumplings

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

Recipe: Cozy Chicken and Dumplings

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4. One-Pot Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta

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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

5. Simple Veggie Curry

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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

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6. Instant Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork

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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

7. Ultimate Mac ‘n’ Cheese

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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

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

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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

9. Make-Ahead Breakfast Enchiladas

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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

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10. Mushroom Stroganoff

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

Recipe: Mushroom Stroganoff

11. One-Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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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

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12. Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwich Roll

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

Recipe: Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwich Roll

13. Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

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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

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14. Instant Pot Butter Chicken

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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

15. Banana French Toast Bake

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

Recipe: Banana French Toast Bake

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

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

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

17. Cheeseburger Skewers

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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

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18. Chicken Alfredo Pizza

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

Recipe: Chicken Alfredo Pizza

19. Cheesy French Onion Chicken

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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

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20. Honey-Lime Chicken and Avocado Salad

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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

21. Loaded BBQ Chicken Nachos

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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

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22. Slow-Cooker Thai Green Curry

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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

23. Salmon and Veggie Sheet-Pan Dinner

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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

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

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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

25. Grilled Corn Summer Pasta Salad

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

Recipe: Grilled Corn Summer Pasta Salad

26. Chicken Gyros

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

Recipe: Chicken Gyros

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