There’s no need for family meal times to be either incredibly boring or terribly time consuming. Let’s ban the ‘not again’ moan from the kitchen with some new and inspiring dinner recipes that I can guarantee will be a total hit with the whole family. From one-pot wonders to ‘better than takeaway’ creations, these’s something here for everyone.
1. Cheesy Mexican Lentils
This one pot dish is sure to be a family favourite! A little spicy, a lot veggie: this meal will definitely boost your 5 a day count as well as tingling your tastebuds. As for the dish washers out there, this meal is a one pot wonder so you’ll be done in no time. Minimum effort, maximum taste – a perfect dinner recipe for the whole family.
2. Homemade Pad Thai
Though this dinner recipe boats a large number of ingredients, it’s at least half the price and twice as tasty as the takeaway version. I highly suspect it’s also a little healthier… Personally, this is one of my favourite recipes and is always a big hit with friends and family. Watch eyes bulge and mouths drool when this dish is placed in front of them.
3. Saugage Sizzler
A healthier version of the classic bangers and mash, this dinner recipe is both easy to make and sure to please the meat eaters in the family. Simple, yet satisfying.
4. Golden Paella
Take your tastebuds on a trip to the spanish coast with this easy dinner recipe. A large creation perfect for sharing, this dish is a great choice for the whole family. Whether you’re more of a fish or a meat eater, this recipe is easily adaptable allowing everyone to dive in and thoroughly enjoy!
5. Cashew Chicken
This dinner recipe can be a quick veg and protein boost or a larger a meal when paired with rice. Whichever way you choose to eat it, this is another dish which will shock your family when you tell them it’s completely homemade. A healthier take on the classic chinese-american recipe, this meal is both incredibly moreish and easy to make.
6. Thai Red Curry
You can tell I’m a big fan of Thai food! This dinner recipe will be another big hit. Though it’s a completely vegan dish, you can easily add in some meat or fish if desired.
7. Vegetable Lo Mein
Both one of the most simple and satisfying meals to make, this dinner recipe will have your whole family fed and full in no time. Who doesn’t love noodles?! This dish is a cheap and cheerful one, making it deliciously budget friendly in the best kind of way.
8. Spinach And Pesto Risotto
For those of you with children who aren’t immediately put off by anything green, this dinner recipe is a winner. Though there are insturctions on how to make your own pea pesto for the dish, substituting it with store bought pesto for (those who don’t want too much hassle) still works perfectly! It’s another vegan dish, however those who eat parmesan can swap that for the nutritional yeast if they prefer (though it’s incredible how little a difference there is taste wise).
9. Salmon And Potato Bake
Similar to a classic fish pie, this dinner recipe is a heartwarming, creamy and easy make. Luckily, it makes enough for a large dish, so you shouldn’t need to worry about making it back in time for seconds!
10. Spaghetti Bolognaise
I couldn’t not have included a classic pasta dish in here! This is, in my opinion, one of the best dinner recipes to make for the whole family. Jamie Oliver’s recipe is one of my favourite’s to follow, however, if you’re wanting to get a little creative – adding a quarter teaspoon of cocoa powder and a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon to your bolognese sauce gives it that little extra ‘Mmm’ factor.