Dinner ASAP: 12 Fast, Family-Friendly Recipes

chicken tacos

When the kids are starving and you’re short on time, these speedy suppers will save the day.

  1. Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli

    Not only is this one-dish pasta dinner quick and easy to make — 25 minutes tops — the whole family eats it up, broccoli and all.

  2. how to make pan-seared salmon

    Restaurant-Style Pan-Seared Salmon

    Pan-seared until crisp on top and just barely cooked at the center: this is how I cook salmon when I have to hit the kitchen running.

  3. sautéed shrimp

    New Orleans Style Barbecue Shrimp

    New Orleans barbecue shrimp has actually very little to do with barbecue: the dish refers to sautéed shrimp in a Worcestershire-spike butter sauce. It’s one of those dishes you can throw together at a moment’s notice.

  4. asian beef bowls

    30-Minute Asian Beef Bowls

    This dish is a MAJOR family-pleaser and can be made in just 30 minutes from ordinary supermarket ingredients. And the beauty of “bowls” is that everyone can create their own.

  5. salmon cakes

    Salmon Cakes

    Made from fresh raw salmon and seasoned with Old Bay, these salmon cakes are as elegant as crab cakes but much more affordable. Throw them together on a busy weeknight or serve them to company.

  6. spinach ricotta pasta

    Baked Penne with Spinach, Ricotta & Fontina

    This easy weeknight pasta dish is a quick riff on spinach and ricotta cannelloni.

  7. chicken thighs

    Spicy Chicken Thighs with Sweet & Tangy Honey Glaze

    In this easy, family-friendly dish, chicken thighs are seasoned with garlic, chili powder, cumin, and smoked paprika and then broiled with a sweet and tangy honey glaze.

  8. southwestern sliders

    Southwestern Sliders

    These drip-down-your-chin sliders are jazzed up with smoky Southwestern spices, jalapeño pepper and Jack cheese. Serve them with my roasted tomato-peach jam and your family will swoon.

  9. chicken tacos

    Chicken Tacos

    My kids love these chicken tacos. They’re a healthier spin on traditional beef tacos — and they’re just as good, if not better.

  10. garlic butter shrimp

    Easy Garlic Butter Shrimp

    This shrimp dish takes just twenty minutes to make. Plus, I always have all the ingredients on hand, the my kids love it as much as I do, and there’s barely any clean-up. Winner!

  11. Chinese Vegetable Stir-Fry

    Chinese Vegetable Stir-Fry

    There is much to love about this Chinese stir-fry: meaty shiitake mushrooms, crunchy broccoli, sweet bell peppers, and a gingery, garlicky brown sauce. Buy your veggies ready-cut to minimize prep time.

  12. cashew chicken

    Cashew Chicken

    This dish of stir-fried chicken and roasted cashews tastes just like take-out, only better.

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