Looking for quick, easy dinner ideas for tonight? I have you covered with over 100 family-friendly dinner recipes that will keep the mealtime boredom at bay. Simple dinner ideas for those busy weeknights that are so much better and faster than ordering take out.

Easy Dinner Ideas

I know, we’ve all been there with the very same question…..what’s for dinner tonight? When my family asks that question immediately after breakfast I feel the anxiety begin to well up because it’s just one of those things that just never ends. Dinner…..every single night of the year.

Well, I’m here to help you, me and everyone else that wants that question solved for them with my list of dinner recipes for families everywhere. Anytime. Any day. Every day.

This list of dinners is kid friendly and kid approved so whether you have an army of littles living with you or you are living the single life, you will find some of your own favorites to add to your weekly meal plan. Let’s get started!

Quick Dinner Ideas

All of our favorite easy dinner recipes made in under 30 minutes because when life is busy, you don’t want to spend your spare moments slaving over a stove. These are our go-to family-friendly dinner recipes for busy weeknights!

Cheesy Taco Pasta gets 4 thumbs up from my kids because it’s irresistibly tasty. It gets 2 thumbs up from me because it’s insanely easy, made from scratch and one pan to clean!

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio | TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio sounds fancy pants but it’s the easiest pasta dinner and a favorite for my sauce loathing kids. It’s packed with flavor and on the table in just 10 minutes.

Overhead shot of buffalo chicken pasta in a black skillet with a wooden spoon.

Not spicy at all Buffalo Chicken Pasta is another one pot pasta dinner idea I will always get behind. So flavor packed and on the table in just 20 minutes.

The Very Best Salisbury Steak Recipe | TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

Salisbury steak is the ultimate ground beef dinner idea that’s cheap and quick. A reader favorite!

Close up of polish haluski in a black skillet.

Looking for a cheap dinner idea? This easy Polish Haluski is a family favorite here. It doesn’t get better than fried cabbage, noodles and bacon.

Beef Dinner Ideas

A wooden spoon is stirring beef tips and gravy in a skillet.

Easy Beef Tips and Gravy is one of our favorite dinners because it’s hearty and quick!

Creamed Chipped Beef on toast on a blue plate.

Easy Cream Chipped Beef is the ultimate budge friendly dinner. Serve over toast, noodles or a pile of creamy mashed potatoes.

Overhead shot of beef cabbage soup in a blue dutch oven.

Beef Cabbage Soup is another budget dinner idea that’s super easy, family-friendly and great for freezer meals.

Overhead shot of Mongolian Beef in a black wok with a wooden spatula.

Mongolian Beef Stir Fry is always a great dinner idea for busy weeknights. This easy dinner is ready in less than 30 minutes!

The Very Best Corned Beef and Cabbage | TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

The best Corned Beef and Cabbage takes a little more time but it’s still budget friendly and, oh, so, amazing.

Chicken Dinner Ideas

Chicken dinner recipes are very popular here and so I have a ton. Whether you’re looking for rotisserie chicken dinner ideas or chicken breast dinner ideas, there’s no shortage of choices to get you through the entire year.

Sliced chicken is placed in a skillet filled with a creamy sauce.

A viral chicken dinner recipe, Marry Me Chicken is a favorite for more reasons that I can count. Cooked in a sauce you’ll want to drink with a straw, this easy chicken dinner idea will be on repeat every single week.

Chicken pot pie in a skillet with a spoon scooping it out and a plate in the background.

The easiest chicken Pot Pie recipe ever, this one cooks in one pot and has been a reader favorite for over 10 years.

Lime slices and cilantro garnish a skillet filled with shredded chicken.

Mexican Shredded Chicken is the meal prep dinner idea you’re going to use over and over again. So easy and can be used for tacos, burritos, bowls and more!

A spoon is drizzling extra sauce on top of a chicken thigh.

Minimal ingredients, this Adobo Chicken tastes like it’s been cooking all day with bright flavor you’ll crave.

Sliced Baked Chicken Breast on a foil lined baking sheet.

This Baked Chicken Breast recipe has been one of the most popular recipes for years and for good reason. It’s quick, easy and so insanely juicy.

Easy Pork Dinner Ideas

Pork is another option for easy dinner ideas because it cooks quickly and is a lean option for a healthy dinner recipe.

A white bowl is filled with moo shu pork.

Easy Moo Shu Pork recipe is stir fried for a quick dinner in minutes. One of our all time favorite take out copy cat recipes!

Gravy is being drizzled onto a pork chop.

Who doesn’t like their dinner smothered with a savory gravy? These Smothered Pork Chops are so quick and easy, my kids always ask for seconds!

Slow Cooker Pork Loin with honey garlic sauce is easy to prep for a ready when you are dinner that’s melt in your mouth delicious. Budget dinner ideas are my favorite and this one tops the list!

Easy Pork Pozole Rojo Recipe | Thesuburbansoapbox.com

Pork Posole has slow simmered flavor but doesn’t take much hands on time for a quick dinner idea that’s cheap and simple.

Tonkatsu on a bed of rice with sauce being drizzled with a spoon.

Pork Katsu is a simple dinner idea that’s fast, easy and is a frequent request by my entire family.

Vegetarian Dinner Ideas

Looking for some meatless dinner ideas? These easy Vegetarian Dinner Recipes are family-favorites! The best part, vegetarian meals offer some of the best cheap dinner ideas ever.

overhead shot of mediterranean chickpea salad in a blue and white bowl.

This viral recipe is always a hit. Mediterranean Chickpea Salad is fresh, easy and nutrient packed.

A close up image shows cilantro, cheese and a lime on top of a pot of chili.

Easy, quick and budget friendly Black Bean Chili makes short work of common pantry ingredients.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup in a white bowl.

Easy Broccoli Cheddar Soup is quick, simple and creamy!

Overhead shot of Quiche Florentine on a white background with spinach leaves around it.

This Spinach Quiche is a great make ahead option for busy weeks. An easy dinner that can easily double as a quick breakfast option.

A pan is filled with cooked mushroom risotto.

Easy, creamy, perfect Mushroom Risotto is the stick to your ribs dinner idea that you’ll want every week.

Seafood Dinner Ideas

While seafood may not be as budget friendly, it often makes for one of the most quick dinner ideas. Try to buy frozen seafood for the best bang for your buck.

A cooked salmon filet next to a serving of rice is being topped off with more glaze.

Pick up a bottle of hot honey to use in this Honey Glazed Salmon recipe. Salmon cooks up quickly and is on the table in less than 20 minutes.

Ready in just 20 minutes, this easy Tortilla Crusted Tilapia recipe is topped with a simple and refreshing Avocado Mango Salsa! | @suburbansoapbox TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

Tilapia is baked under a crust of tortilla chips making this recipe both tasty and cheap! We use the crumbs leftover from the game day tortilla chips.

Lemon Baked Cod Loin on a white plate with vegetables.

Buttery Baked Cod is roasted on a sheet pan with vegetables for the healthiest and easiest dinner idea ever.

A plate of lettuce and bang bang shrimp is garnished with chopped green onions.

Easy Bang Bang Shimp Recipe is as good as the restaurant version and takes no time at all. The best quick dinner recipe for lovers of this fiery favorite.

Tuna patties are on a white plate.

Grab a can of tuna and make these easy Tuna Patties for a budget dinner recipe that will end up on the weekly menu.

Pasta Dinner Ideas

The best of the Cheap Dinner Ideas has to be pasta. Pasta is always pantry ready and can be made into a quick dinner or an elegant meal for entertaining.

A white baking dish is filled with baked ravioli lasagna.

Lovers of lasagna will swoon over this easy Ravioli Lasagna. Same great flavor without the fuss!

A white pot is filled with sauce coated pasta and fresh parsley.

Also a great vegetarian option, this Bucatini all’amatriciana is economical and our favorite pantry recipe.

10 minutes Creamy Mac and Cheese recipe in a white bowl with a blue and white fork from TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

Just 10 minutes is all you need for this easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese! So easy and cheap.

A pan of sliced chicken breast and creamy fettuccine is presented on a blue place mat.

Easy Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo is a one pot pasta recipe that’s on the table in less than 30 minutes.

A large black skillet is filled with cooked goulash.

American Goulash is a great ground beef recipe that’s cooked in one pot. Family-friendly dinner idea that’s a go-to when time is tight.

If you’re still looking for even more ideas be sure to check out these healthy dinner options for 20 fresh, light meals you’re sure to love. We even have a ton of salad dinner ideas to keep things light and flavor packed.

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