50 Easy But Hearty Meals to Make For Your Family

Get ready to treat your family to a feast of delicious and hearty meals with these 50 easy recipes. From comforting classics to exciting new flavors, these dishes are sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

Beef Chile con Queso

Beef Chile con Queso
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Beef chile con queso is a cheesy and spicy appetizer for any occasion. This delicious dish consists of beef, chiles, onions, garlic, and cheese melted together to create a savory dip. Whether served as an appetizer for your next party or enjoyed with tortilla chips on the side, beef chile con queso is sure to be a hit!

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Pot Beef Stew

Easy Instant Pot Gluten-Free Beef Stew Recipe
Photo Credit: Seasonal Cravings

This comforting gluten-free beef stew is a hearty, wholesome dish that’s perfect for those chilly nights. Packed with tender beef, vibrant vegetables, and a rich, flavorful broth, this stew is not only delicious but also incredibly satisfying. It’s a family-friendly recipe that’s sure to become a staple in your home.

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Roast Beef Hash

The BEST Leftovers – Roast Beef Hash!
Photo Credit: FODMAP Everyday

Hash is simply a “hash-up” of meat, potatoes and simple seasoning. It is a homey, comfort food dish that barely needs a recipe, but since we are always concerned with portions and ingredients, I thought a recipe for Low FODMAP Roast Beef Hash was in order.

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Pancit Bihon

Smoked Beef Pancit Bihon
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Our Smoked Beef Pancit Recipe takes a slow-smoked beef roast and marries it with a popular Filipino noodle dish that utilizes thin vermicelli rice noodles, carrots, green onions, cabbage, and tons of flavor.

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Beef and Quinoa Bowl

Indonesian Beef and Quinoa Bowl
Photo Credit: Seasonal Cravings

This Indonesian Beef and Quinoa Bowl will warm you up right away. The beef is simmered in coconut milk with curry and cinnamon so it’s full of flavor. Top it with all your favorite toppings to get a healthy protein bowl that’s perfect for meal prep. {gluten free, dairy free}

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Chicken Noodle

Vintage Chicken Noodle Casserole
Photo Credit: Pear Tree Kitchen

Classic chicken noodle soup has been used for years to feed unwell kids, but this vintage chicken noodle casserole takes the original idea and makes for a noodle-filled main meal dish that will fill the whole family.

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Chicken Alfredo

Creamy Chicken Alfredo and Spinach Casserole
Photo Credit: This Mom Is On Fire

What can be more comforting than eating a warm, cheesy, chicken Alfredo pasta dish, with an oh-so creamy sauce?! Another wonderful thing is that with this dish you are getting a complete meal – carbs, protein, dairy, and vegetables all in one dish. To top it all off, this is a kid approved dinner in our house.

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Orange Chicken

air fryer trader joe’s orange chicken and broccoli
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Dive into the world of Air Fryer Trader Joe’s Orange Chicken and Broccoli—a mouthwatering combination of crispy, tangy orange-glazed chicken and tender broccoli florets, all cooked to perfection in your trusty air fryer.

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Champagne Chicken

Champagne Chicken Recipe
Photo Credit: Champagne & Coffee Stains

This champagne chicken recipe is fancy enough for entertaining but easy to make on a weeknight. And it’s delicious enough to make everyone want the recipe. With gorgeous dry champagne, mushrooms, cream, and fresh herbs, it’s packed with flavor.

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Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala
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Chicken tikka masala is all about succulent grilled chicken in a creamy, spicy tomato sauce. You can easily make this ever-popular Indian dish at home with restaurant quality.

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Chicken Fajitas

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
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Sheet pan chicken fajitas are a quick and easy recipe that the whole family will love! They can be customized with your favorite toppings like tortillas, salsa, avocado, and cheese and is all made on one pan so clean up is a breeze!

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Beef Curry

Easy Beef Curry
Photo Credit: Seasonal Cravings

Easy Beef Curry is full of smoky, spicy flavor and comes together in less than 30 minutes by using curry paste. The sauce tastes like it’s been cooking all day.

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Yaki Udon

Beef Yaki Udon Noodle Stir Fry
Photo Credit: Xoxo Bella

Beef yaki udon is a tasty noodle stir fry you can make in less than 30 minutes. Try this easy udon recipe if you’re looking for a simple Japanese dish with beef and noodles. You can make the entire thing in one wok, and since it has meat, vegetables, and noodles, you don’t even need to come up with side dishes.

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Italian Beef Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Italian Beef
Photo Credit: Xoxo Bella

Slow cooker Italian beef is one of those dishes that you’ll want to make repeatedly once you’ve tried it. Italian beef sandwiches served on toasted rolls or a hoagie bun are hearty, filling, and truly delicious. The slow-cooked beef becomes incredibly tender and flavourful. This great recipe is a keeper!

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Beef Stew – Enriched With Apple & Cedar

Apple Cider Beef Stew
Photo Credit: Seasonal Cravings

This Apple Cider Beef Stew is gluten free and full of comfort. It’s easy to throw together and tastes great the next day. It’s the perfect meal to make for company over the holidays.

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Beef Wellington

Holiday Beef Wellington
Photo Credit: Xoxo Bella

Made with beef tenderloin, the most tender cut of beef, along with flavourful ingredients such as prosciutto parma ham, rosemary, thyme, mushrooms, shallot, and more.

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Beef Kofta

Photo Credit: Pass Me Some Tasty

Make a Mediterranean-inspired meal that the whole family will love! This beef kofta with Greek yogurt sauce comes together in just 35 minutes using simple ingredients and savory spices. A wonderful recipe for gatherings, meal prep, or even a quick and simple weekday dinner.

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Beef Brisket (2-ingredient Prep)

Two Ingredient Slow Cooker Beef Brisket
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This easy Two Ingredient Slow Cooker Beef Brisket will be a dinner home run. Cooking brisket in the slow cooker with salsa verde makes the meat tender and juicy.

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Chicken Taco Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup
Photo Credit: Champagne & Coffee Stains

When you’re feeling under the weather, chicken soup is often recommended as a comforting and nourishing meal. But what about chicken taco soup? Can it also provide some relief when you’re sick? The answer is yes! This hearty and flavorful soup can actually be a good idea for those battling a cold or flu.

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Chicken Salad

Instant Pot Chicken Salad
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Instant Pot Chicken Salad is an easy recipe that makes a delicious lunch or dinner. Chicken salad is coated in spices and light mayo, and tossed with grapes and celery to make the perfect healthy meal.

Noodles with Mushrooms

Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles with Mushrooms
Photo Credit: Xoxo Bella

Slow cooker beef and noodles with mushrooms is a perfect winter warmer and comfort food. It’s also a tasty, easy crockpot beef recipe which is nice during the fall. Actually, whatever the weather, this crockpot beef tips and noodles dinner using cream of mushroom soup is always great! If you like mushroom beef stew or stroganoff, you will LOVE this – it’s a wonderful staple for busy weeknights.

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Beef Tenderloin (Loaded With Cheese)

Beef Tenderloin Stuffed with Goat Cheese, Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomatoes
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Beef tenderloin is actually very easy to prepare, and the results are always amazing. This recipe for Beef Tenderloin Stuffed with Goat Cheese, Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomatoes features a stuffing of Mediterranean flavors that comes together in just a few minutes.

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Ramen Bowl

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Sautéed vegetables, savory ground beef, and a fried egg are served over rice ramen, and mixed together creating a gloriously tasty gluten-free ramen bowl! Make this meal in just 25 minutes!

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Boneless Beef Ribs

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Boneless beef ribs are slow-cooked with fresh cranberries, onions, and mushrooms in a luxurious pomegranate sauce. Serve this tender beef over mashed potatoes, polenta, or roasted vegetables for a truly heavenly meal. It’s a slow cooker recipe that’s fancy enough for guests or any holiday meal and yet simple enough for a weeknight dinner recipe too!

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Beef Tortilla Folded Wrap

Crunchy Beef Tortilla Folded Wrap
Photo Credit: Xoxo Bella

This beef tortilla folded wrap might or might not be new to you. It was inspired by a Tik Tok folded tortilla recipe you have perhaps seen. This folded tortilla hack means you can get even more delicious fillings between each fold of your tortilla. So forget sandwiching a pair of tortillas together or folding on in half over some fillings.

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Chicken Cupcakes

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Skinny Buffalo Chicken “Cupcakes” are a perfect low carb appetizer or light lunch that’s so easy to make. It’s a great way to use up extra shredded buffalo chicken!

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Chicken Pockets

Airfryer Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Pockets
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Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Pockets are loaded with flavor and light on calories. They’re a delicious appetizer or snack that’s low in calories and only 5 WW points!

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Smoked Chicken Legs

Smoked Chicken Legs | Drumsticks
Photo Credit: Binky’s Culinary Carnival

Smoking chicken legs is a culinary adventure that combines the time-honored tradition of smoking with the mouthwatering appeal of juicy chicken.

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Chicken Tacos

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos
Photo Credit: Binky’s Culinary Carnival

These Instant Pot Chicken Tacos are a fast and easy weeknight dinner for the family when you’ve had a long day. Cook chicken from fresh or frozen!

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Lemon Caper Chicken

Lemon Caper Chicken
Photo Credit: The Gracious Pantry

Lemon Caper Chicken is a classic restaurant recipe you’ll enjoy for a delicious dinner again and again. It’s a healthier version of chicken piccata, made with clean eating (real-food) ingredients!

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Sesame Chicken

Sesame Chicken
Photo Credit: The Gracious Pantry

This easy sesame chicken recipe is delicious and wonderful served over a bowl of rice, or mix in some veggies for a delicious stir fry!

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Chicken Broccoli Ziti

Chicken Broccoli Ziti with Crunchy Bread Crumbs
Photo Credit: My Everyday Table

This chicken broccoli ziti recipe is sure to become a weeknight dinner staple! The broccoli chicken ziti combination has been on my “to create” list for a while and while originally I was going to go in a baked and cheesy direction, our trip to Italy inspired me to keep it simple, highlighting the flavors of this chicken broccoli pasta in a more understated way.

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Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Chicken Parmesan Pasta
Photo Credit: My Everyday Table

This easy chicken parmesan pasta has all of the delicious flavors of chicken parm, but without all the work and fuss. Chewy pasta is topped with cheesy chicken and marinara and finished off with crunchy breadcrumbs and parmesan for major comfort food that’s ready in 30 minutes. Serve with a simple veggie side like kale salad or a 5-minute Italian chopped salad.

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Irish Beef Tacos

Irish Tacos with Potatoes, Corned Beef, Cabbage and Onions
Photo Credit: Xoxo Bella

These unusual Irish tacos stuffed with potatoes, corned beef, cabbage, and onions make a great St. Patrick’s Day dinner. Have you ever had tacos made with sliced corn beef or corned beef hash tacos? I love how these Irish flavours pair up with cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and tortillas, to make this tasty meal.

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Shredded Mexican Beef

Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Beef Bowls
Photo Credit: Running To The Kitchen

These shredded Mexican beef bowls are made in the slow cooker and perfect for weekly meal prep with rice, beans, plantains and peppers to round them out!

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Beef Tenderloin

Balsamic Dijon Crusted Beef Tenderloin
Photo Credit: Running To The Kitchen

Looking for the perfect special occasion dinner? This balsamic dijon beef tenderloin roast is both simple and impressive. Served with a Meyer lemon gremolata, it’s great as a holiday dish too!

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Beef Quesadilla

Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadilla Recipe
Photo Credit: My Everyday Table

The ground beef is made just like my ground chicken tacos and then it’s layered with two layers of cheese for the ultimate layered melty cheese quesadilla, just like my chicken fajita quesadillas, steak quesadillas and shrimp quesadillas. Serve it with quesadilla sauce if you want to be extra.

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Shredded Chicken Nachos

Easy Shredded Chicken Nachos
Photo Credit: My Everyday Table

You’re going to love these cheesy shredded chicken nachos! They are loaded with layers of crunchy chips, shredded salsa chicken, beans, and two layers of cheese. After a quick broil, it’s time to top with the perfect nacho toppings your heart desires. These loaded chicken nachos are the perfect blend of crunch, spice, and savory goodness. Whether you’re making game day snacks, having a movie night at home, or simply need a simple and quick dinner, these nachos in the oven are the perfect way to do it all.

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Chicken Cheesesteak

Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteak
Photo Credit: My Everyday Table

This buffalo chicken cheesesteak recipe is easy to make, delicious, and packed with flavor. With a mouthwatering combination of tender sliced chicken, sautéed peppers and onions, gooey cheese, and spicy buffalo sauce, each bite is SO GOOD!

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Honey Mustard Chicken

Photo Credit: Lavender & Macarons

This Honey Mustard Chicken is exactly what you need if you’re looking for a flavor-packed, one-pan dinner meal that can be made in just 30 minutes! And the creamy honey mustard cream sauce is amazing on rice, potatoes, and roasted veggies, too!

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Beef Tostada

Easy Weeknight Beef Tostada Recipe
Photo Credit: My Everyday Table

This easy beef tostada recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes, perfect for a quick – and satisfying – weeknight dinner.

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Pot Beef Stew

Photo Credit: Tia Clara

An Instant Pot beef stew recipe is a great way to cook an entire, hearty meal in a fraction of the time it takes using other cooking methods like the stove or oven. Whether you have an Instant pot, a traditional pressure cooker, or none, we have instructions to make the best beef stew with red wine, a great soup with veggies to serve for dinner.

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Corned Beef Tacos

Corned Beef Tacos with Creamy Spicy Mustard Sauce
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These corned beef tacos are served with a creamy spicy mustard sauce, a simple cabbage carrot slaw and topped with microgreens. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Mexican twist!

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Beef And Rice Casserole

Ground Beef And Rice Casserole
Photo Credit: Corrie Cooks

Are you looking for a tasty, filling meal that’s easy to make and won’t break the bank? Look no further! Our Ground Beef and Rice Casserole is your answer. It’s perfect for busy days, family dinners, or when you just want something warm and comforting.

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Cream Cheese Chicken

Five Spice Cream Cheese Chicken
Photo Credit: Running To The Kitchen

This cream cheese chicken is your answer to boring weeknight meals! Seasoned with 5 flavor-packed spices, it’s creamy, indulgent & full of savory goodness.

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Pecan Crusted Chicken

Pecan Crusted Chicken
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This pecan crusted chicken is served with a killer honey dijon yogurt sauce that takes this easy weeknight meal over the top. Crunchy and packed with flavor, this is a dinner everyone will ask for over and over.

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Turmeric Chicken

Creamy Skillet Turmeric Chicken with Chickpeas
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This creamy turmeric chicken is an easy one-skillet meal with hearty chickpeas. Serve it over rice with a cilantro garnish for a delicious dinner in under 30 minutes.

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Chicken Lasagna Rolls

Photo Credit: Tia Clara

Buffalo chicken lasagna rolls is exactly what it sounds like: Chicken mixed with buffalo sauce and rolled up into lasagna noodles and cheese. Serve these shredded chicken lasagna roll ups with a side of refreshing vegetables for a filling healthy meal.

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Beef Stroganoff

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
Photo Credit: Corrie Cooks

Beef Stroganoff is a classic dish known for its tender chunks of beef and rich, creamy sauce. Originating from Russia, this dish has traveled the world, with variations popping up across different cultures. Our slow cooker version takes the hassle out of constant monitoring, allowing the flavors to meld over time, resulting in a hearty, comforting meal.

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Chicken Carbonara

Photo Credit: Greedy Gourmet

A delicious twist on an Italian classic, my chicken carbonara with leek and mushrooms recipe is the perfect quick and easy midweek meal – quick as a flash and knock-out delicious!

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Chicken Wraps

Photo Credit: Pass Me Some Tasty

These Thai chicken wraps are loaded with fresh vegetables, grilled chicken, and a generous schmear of peanut sauce. It’s a quick, healthy, and easy meal that can be prepared for lunch, dinner, or snack time in less than 25 minutes!

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Strawberry Chicken Salad

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This strawberry chicken salad is the perfect summertime recipe! Fresh strawberries, pineapple, and tender chicken are served over romaine and topped with pistachios, goat cheese, and a simple homemade poppy seed dressing. This salad bursts with the juicy, sweet flavors of summer! It’s an easy 30-minute meal that you’re sure to love!

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