45 Weeknight Dinner Solutions for Busy Moms

Dinner solutions: because weeknights don't have to be nearly as hectic as weekdays!

Being a mom is no joke, and neither is making dinner. So, being a mom and having to make dinner is really just a bad joke gone even worse. Luckily, here at SkinnyMs, we work to provide you wonderful moms with dinner recipes that take that bad joke and turn it into a relaxing, delicious family meal. This is why we’ve put together 45 weeknight dinner solutions for busy moms!

And let me tell you, having 45 healthy weeknight dinner solutions isn’t just great for moms, it’s great for the whole family! I don’t know a single kid who doesn’t come home from school, or soccer, or gymnastics, or whatever after-school activity the day may hold, asking what’s for dinner. This list will ensure that you always have an answer for those munchkins of yours.

1. 5-Minute Prep Tex-Mex Casserole

Our 5-Minute Prep Tex-Mex Casserole recipe is one of my favorites. If you think it’s hard to find recipes that are full of flavor AND don’t take the entire afternoon to make, then you’ve come to the right place. This recipe is quick, tasty, healthy, and, therefore, the perfect Taco Tuesday meal for the whole family!

2. Cheater’s Skillet Lasagna with Corn and Cherry Tomatoes

Classic lasagna can take hours to make when you think about prep time and bake time. This “cheater’s” skillet lasagna with corn and cherry tomatoes is loaded with the same tasty flavors, without the wait! In just 35 minutes, this decadent dish will be ready to serve and enjoy!

3. Shrimp with Cauliflower “Grits” and Arugula

Cauliflower has given us the ability to enjoy some of our favorite meals in a new, healthy way! In this recipe, traditional grits have been replaced with perfectly seasoned cauliflower to cut down on carbs (without cutting down on flavor.) This high-protein meal is an excellent choice for a healthy weeknight dinner, as it can be on the table in 30 minutes or less!

4. Thai Beef Bowls with Rice Noodles

Put the takeout menu away! These thai beef bowls with rice noodles will satisfy that craving without expanding your waistline. The combination of savory seasoned beef and zesty noodles makes for one healthy, well-rounded recipe that will keep you on track!

5. Super Easy Cauliflower Fried Rice

Tell your kids fried rice is for dinner! If they’re anything like younger me, they’ll jump up and down for joy. If you choose to leave out the fact that this fried rice is made with cauliflower instead of rice, your kids probably won’t even question it. It tastes just as good as the normal dish, but provides a LOT more health benefits like:

  • Less carbs
  • Less chance of feeling bloated
  • More nutrients

6. Instant Pot Mac & Cheese

You’ll find this recipe on a website called Pinch of Yum, and you will fall in love with how simple and fast it is to make! You’ll have dinner ready in just 10 minutes AND it’ll be Mac & Cheese (AKA every kid’s dream dinner). Your name will change from “Mom” to “Supermom” in no time!

7. Crispy Quinoa Patties with Spinach and Tomatoes

Vegan, crunchy, and loaded with nutrients, this meal by Jessica in the Kitchen will leave you and the family more than satisfied. Now, I know that you’re thinking that most kids aren’t going to eat something that’s laying in a bed of greens. If your little ones fall into that category, just serve them the Crispy Quinoa Patties separately! They’re so crispy like chicken nuggets, they may even mistake them for that favorite dinner of theirs!

8. Vegan Green Bean Casserole (From Scratch)

Jessica in the Kitchen is the creator of this recipe, too, and like the one above, it’s quick and delicious! My mom’s Thanksgiving dinner specialty is green bean casserole. I am a huge fan, but my stomach is, unfortunately, not as big of a fan.

Why? Because it’s not made with healthy ingredients like Jessica in the Kitchen’s version is. Hers is not only made with wholesome ingredients, but it’s also vegan (of course). It’s so tasty that even non-vegan family members (kids included) wouldn’t notice the difference.

9. Clean Eating Loaded Grilled Chicken Nachos

When I say my family loves food, I mean my family REALLY loves food. This means that when we go out to eat, nachos are more often than not ordered as an appetizer before we even get our meals. I sometimes even order nachos as my meal, and the rest of my family has followed in my footsteps by making this recipe of ours at home! It always hits the spot for a quick, snack-like dinner and only takes 10 minutes to bake.

10. Keto Fathead Low Carb Pizza Rolls

Sugar Free Mom is the maker of this delicious pizza roll recipe. Since she’s a mom, she knows the struggle. So, you should take her word for it and make this great dinner for busy moms! In less than 30 minutes, you and your family could be enjoying these sugar-free, keto, gluten-free, low-carb, grain-free, nut-free pizza rolls that are insanely yummy.

11. Crispy Pretzel Chicken with Parmesan Honey Mustard Sauce

Okay, so you can get pretzels, cheese, chicken, and yummy dipping sauce all in one recipe?! Yup! Thanks to A Family Feast, you can get all of those things and still keep you and your family healthy. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with chicken tenders…and I think your kids would agree with me!

12. Beet & Avocado Soup with Cashew Cream

Hey busy moms, this soup by This Rawsome Vegan Life is…PURPLE and BLENDABLE. Yup! Your kiddos get a fun colored meal and you get to make that meal quickly in your blender. It’s a win-win of a dinner solution, if you ask me!

13. Quick & Easy Black Bean and Lentil Soup

Soup is such a great winter dinner. It’s great to set the mood for a cozy night after a long, busy day at work and, well, just after another day of being a mom. The bad thing about a lot of soups is that they’re time consuming to make. This soup, however, isn’t! It’s perfect for all of you busy moms out there.

14. Egg Roll Soup

This Gimme Some Oven recipe is super unique and really hits the spot when you want something warm, and also something bursting with Asian flavor.

15. 20-Minute Pan-Seared Fish with Pomegranate Salsa

I couldn’t not list this second Gimme Some Oven recipe after seeing “20-Minute” pop up on my screen. That’s almost like seeing “Busy Mom’s Savior” pop up on the screen! This is definitely a great dinner solution for all busy mom’s who are looking for a quick and easy “savior”.

16. Copycat McDonalds Sausage McMuffins

McDonald’s “All Day Breakfast” has been the latest craze. Not only has it been popping up all over billboards on the way to work, but it’s also all the kids can talk about! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of breakfast for dinner, but I am not a huge fan of greasy, fattening fast food.

That’s where this recipe of The Big Man’s World for Copycat McDonalds Sausage McMuffins comes into play. It’s ready in 10 minutes, just like a McDonalds McMuffin, but has far less of the bad stuff and way more of the good stuff that you and your family can enjoy!

17. Skinny Lasagna Rolls

These lasagna rolls of ours are not only easy and quick to make, but they’re also the winner of the Joyful Cook-Off on the Today Show’s Kathy Lee & Hoda! Talk about yummy and perfect for a weeknight dinner!

18. 30-Minute Cashew Alfredo

This is one of Dana’s 30-minute recipes from her website called Minimalist Baker, and it’s one you and your family shouldn’t go without!

19. Sriracha Shrimp Ramen Noodle Soup

I’m currently sitting in my living room, wrapped up in a blanket, wishing I was warming up to a soup like this one! This recipe from Peas and Crayons is so different, yummy, and quick to make. It’s done in just 20 minutes!

20. French Dip Sliders

Let’s just take a second here to appreciate this recipe for French Dip Sliders by Six Sisters’ Stuff. It’s ready in 25 minutes and kid-approved!

21. Clean Eating Chicken Salad

Some nights, all the family wants and needs is a quick and easy chicken salad sandwich. The issue with those nights is that all of the mayonnaise most chicken salad recipes call for is not very healthy. Thankfully, our Clean Eating Chicken Salad recipe replaces mayo with Greek yogurt so you and your family can enjoy the same tastes without any of the guilt. It’s one of my weeknight go-to dinners!

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22. Best Ever Skillet Steak with Peppercorn Brandy Cream Sauce

This recipe by The Cookie Rookie is perfect for a family of four on one of those hectic weeknights. In just 20 minutes, you and your family could have a steak meal! I, personally, love to just add a vegetable as a side dish and, voila! Dinner is served!

23. (Huge) Grilled BBQ Brisket Burritos

If your family loves BBQ as much as mine does and you’re a busy mom, this recipe is for you! The Cookie Rookie is at it again with this recipe, and is giving you a (huge) dinner in just 19 minutes!

24. Cheesy Ranch Broccoli Chicken Burritos

The Cookie Rookie is certainly no rookie. After seeing this recipe for yet another kid-friendly recipe that busy moms can make in under half an hour, I’m convinced that she’s more of an expert.

25. Quick One-Skillet Taco Turkey & Rice

In only two simple steps, you and your family can be enjoying a healthy yet filling SkinnyMs meal of taco turkey and rice any night of the week!

26. Blueberry Corn Chicken Salad with Maple Dressing

Tell your kids that dinner has a maple dressing, they’ll immediately think “maple syrup”, and they might just find this 20-minute salad by Eating Bird Food to be a salad they love!

27. Blueberry Balsamic Grilled Cheese

This recipe by Eat Live Learn is one that will change your entire outlook on grilled cheese. It includes nutritious ingredients such as:

  • blueberries
  • goat cheese
  • arugula
  • honey
  • prosciutto

And, it provides you and your entire family with a kid-friendly meal that also has 22 grams of protein per serving!

28. Chickpea Pasta with Smoked Mozzarella 

It’s a weeknight and you just got home from a long day at work. Your little ones are starving. You spend 30 minutes max making dinner and end up with a cheesy pasta dish that satisfies your little ones.

That’s what your weeknight can look like with this recipe by Healthy Nibbles and Bits!

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Taylor Glinane

Taylor is a writer with a passion for health, fitness, and all things alike. Running and hiking have special places in her heart--right next to berries, hummus, and every nut butter imaginable. When she's not running, hiking, snacking, or making a delicious breakfast, she's either at the gym, doing yoga, or outside with a pen and paper.

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