With the start of the school year officially upon us, weeknights are bound to become a whole lot busier. We’re here to help with a selection of quick and delicious weeknight meals, such as the Cashew Shrimp that’s shown here, to help you get dinner on the table (and ensure the entire family is well-fed) no matter how jam-packed your afternoon schedule is.
Just as school has rules, we have a few for getting dinner on the table with minimal fuss Monday through Friday—we think you’ll like them. First, every recipe needs to be prepared and ready to eat in less than hour. Second, the meals need to be family-friendly, meaning balanced, able to feed at least four people, and something even most kids will enjoy. Finally, every recipe needs to be easy—that means you should have the majority of ingredients on hand already and that there’s no fancy equipment or techniques necessary.
We also have some additional guidelines that you can choose to follow if you please: Mondays are meatless, so expect plenty of vegetarian and vegan options to carry you through the month. When Friday finally arrives, we like to indulge a bit. In celebration of making it through the week, go for something like homemade pizza (store-bought dough makes it easy) or a big pot of beef chili and all the fixings. Feel free to mix and match these recipes based on whatever you’re craving or have in the refrigerator.
Our family-friendly weeknight dinner recipes feature a variety of proteins, including chicken, pork, shellfish, and fish. We’re also featuring plenty of late summer seasonal vegetables, including eggplant, bell peppers, and the first of the acorn squash.