Easy Weeknight Meals for Busy Families Part 1

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This two part series will give you MONTHS of Easy Weeknight Meal recipes!

Easy Weeknight Meals for Busy Families Part 1

 I am thrilled to be paired up with my dear friend, Brandi, from Aunt Bee’s Recipes to bring you this two-part series on Easy Family Recipes for Busy Families!

Brandi and I have had this in the works for quite some time now, and we are sharing  part one  this week and part two next week.  This week you will get 44 Recipes for weeknights, or anytime you’re in a rush.

All of the meals that we are bringing you today fall into this category:

They either contain minimal ingredients, they cook in about 30 minutes (or less!) OR perhaps fall into BOTH of those categories!

Sound good?  Let’s continue.  Now we knew that there was no way to add ALL of these photos singly, (without bogging down your computers anyway) so we came up with the idea of adding this huge grid, so at a glance, you can see what the recipes look like, and the recipe names and links will be posted by row.  We hope that you find this easy to maneuver, and that you will find lots of new ones to put into your recipe rotations. Simply click the link to be taken directly to the recipe.

Let’s get started!


Buffalo Chicken Pizza

1.Buffalo Chicken Pizza

2. Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Skillet

Nacho Supreme Soup

3. Nacho Supreme Soup

4. Creamy Chicken with Green Onions & Mushrooms

EASY WEEKNIGHT MEAL HINT: Have a recipe that requires a lot of chopping? Do the prep the night before, maybe even while that night’s meal is cooking, so meals are even quicker to throw together! 


5. Shrimp Pad Thai Wonderpot

6. Reuben Burger

7. Easy Weeknight 5 Ingredient Chicken Parmesan Bake

Ground Beef Stroganoff

8. Ground Beef Stroganoff

9. Goulash

10. 5 Ingredient Chicken Parmesan Ravioli Bake

11. Southwest Chicken Linguine

Chili Mac Skillet

12. Chili Mac Skillet

EASY WEEKNIGHT MEAL HINT: Meal planning.  Meal planning not only saves you time, it saves you money! Make the list, even if it’s on a napkin while you’re eating lunch, plan for the ingredients when you make a trip to the store.  Less trips to the market mean more money in your pocket!


13. Easy Italian Mac & Cheese

Smoked Sausage Penne Alfredo

14. Smoked Sausage Penne Alfredo

15. Tomato Basil Soup

16. 5 Ingredient Beefy Lipton Onion Casserole

sweet italian sausages with peppers and onions

17. Sweet Italian Sausages with Peppers and Onions

18. Blackened Chicken Alfredo

19. Pizza Meatloaf Minis

Skillet Red Beans & Rice

20. Red Beans and Rice Skillet

EASY WEEKNIGHT MEAL HINT: Planning on having chicken more than once in a week? Prepare extra when you fix one recipe, or perhaps on the weekend when you have more time, use it later in the week for another recipe.


21. 20 Minute White Chicken Chili

22. Tuna Spaghetti

copy cat Taco Bell Enchiritos

23. Copy Cat Taco Bell Enchiritos

24. Buffalo Chicken Meatball Subs

The Best Taco Soup

25. The Best Taco Soup

26. Baked Chicken Panzanella

27. Chicken Linguine Carbonara

Potato, Green Bean & Bacon Soup

28. Potato, Green Bean and Bacon Soup

EASY WEEKNIGHT MEAL HINT:  Have leftovers? Instead of eating them right away, freeze the ones that freeze well, and eat on nights you are even more rushed than normal!


Italian Wonderpot

29. Italian Wonderpot

30. Porcupine Meatballs

31. Grilled Chicken Club Roll Ups

32. Easy Weeknight  Lasagna Toss

Chicken Philly Cheesesteak

33. Chicken Philly Cheese Steak

34. Beef & Rice Skillet Meal

35. Asian Beef, Mushrooms and Snow Peas

Crispy Oven Fried Chicken In A Biscuit Sandwiches

36.  Crispy Oven Fried Chicken in a Biscuit Sandwiches

EASY WEEKNIGHT MEAL HINT:  Do you have a pinterest?  Start a board to pin all of your easy weeknight meals  to try, that will make meal planning SO much easier!  You can follow Aunt Bee and myself on Pinterest to get lots of yummy meal ideas!


37. Chicken with Mushrooms and Asiago Cream Sauce

shrimp and crab pasta

38. Shrimp & Crab Pasta

39. Inside Out Cabbage Roll Soup

40. Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joe’s

41. Southwest Chicken Linguine Alfredo

Creamy Italian Subs

42. Creamy Italian Parmesan Subs

Braised Pork Fettuccine Alfredo

43. 5 Ingredient Braised Pork Fettuccine Alfredo

44. Spicy Smoked Sausage Pasta Skillet

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I am so EXCITED to share the second part of this series with you!!

PART TWO: Easy Weeknight Meals for Busy Families

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  1. Ahhhhh! I am so excited about this! What an awesome meal planning resource! I hope this helps so many people! Thanks SO much for joining forces with me again!!!! <3

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