You may be busy, but your family still expects dinner on the table every night. Is it possible to satisfy a crowd of hungry diners without resorting to convenience foods or takeout? Absolutely. These seven easy dinner recipes are wholesome, homemade, and will each serve at least six people. From simple crockpot dinners to kid-friendly favorites, you’ll be able to feed your entire family and still have time for the rest of your life.
1. Shepherd’s Pie
Meat, potatoes, and veggies, all in one dish — that’s part of the appeal of shepherd’s pie, a classic English comfort food. It’s the perfect meal for cool nights, and it doesn’t have to take a long time to prepare. This easy version from Kraft is ready in about 40 minutes and serves 6. To save time, use leftover mashed potatoes for the topping or opt for instant or heat-and-serve mashed spuds.
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 2 cups hot mashed potatoes
- 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 4 cups of frozen mixed vegetables, such as peas, carrots, corn, and green beans
- 1 cup beef gravy
Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Brown the meat in a skillet over medium-high heat. Drain the fat.
Mix the mashed potatoes, cream cheese, ½ cup of the cheddar cheese, and the garlic in a large bowl. Set aside.
Add the vegetables and the gravy to the skillet. Spray a 9-inch-square baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Pour in the meat and vegetable mixture. Cover with the potatoes.
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until heated through.