12 Dinner Recipes That Will Satisfy Your Hungry Teenager

Your whole family will love these recipes.

<p>Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe</p>

Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe

I grew up in a family of six and vividly remember the gallons of milk my parents would bring home from the grocery store every single week. Feeding a big family is no joke.

While my family doesn't drink that much milk in a week, we do go through a lot of food. Some days, keeping the fridge stocked feels like a full time job with dinner being the biggest challenge.

Feeding two teen boys requires big portions so I look for recipes that serve six or are meant to be served with filling sides, such as pasta and rice. All the recipes below easily feed a big family and are oh-so tasty.

Creamy Tuscan Chicken

<p>Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe</p>

Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe

Grab your skillet and you'll have a crowd-pleasing dinner ready in 30 minutes. If you can't find chicken cutlets, you can slice chicken breasts horizontally to create two chicken cutlets.

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Vegetarian Sheet Pan Burritos

<p>Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe</p>

Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe

Banish mushy vegetarian burritos by roasting chickpeas and walnuts to add a welcome crunch to the filling.

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Cedar Plank Salmon

<p>Simply Recipes / Mike Lang</p>

Simply Recipes / Mike Lang

Take advantage of warm weather and grill salmon on cedar planks. It's my all-time favorite way to prepare salmon. Serve with asparagus and a baguette.

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Meat Lovers' Sheet Pan Pizza

Nick Evans
Nick Evans

Pizza is always the right answer when my family asks, “What’s for dinner?” I preheat the oven and bring the pizza dough to room temperature as I cook the sausage.

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Lamb Meatball Pitas

<p>Alison Bickel  / Simply Recipes</p>

Alison Bickel / Simply Recipes

These irresistible lamb meatballs are seasoned with fresh herbs and make a whopping eight servings. You can make the meatballs ahead of time and freeze them for up to three months.

Stovetop Barbecue Pulled Chicken

<p>Simply Recipes / Tara Omidvar</p>

Simply Recipes / Tara Omidvar

I love that this recipe uses one pot, cooks the chicken in a homemade bbq sauce, and is ready in 40 minutes. Pile the shredded chicken on toasted buns and top with coleslaw.

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Mapo Tofu

<p>Simply Recipes / Frank Tiu</p>

Simply Recipes / Frank Tiu

Combining tofu with ground pork ensures no one leaves the table hungry. Mapo tofu is a classic Sichuan dish you'll want to serve with rice.

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BLT Pasta

Alison Bickel
Alison Bickel

Skip the bread and make a heaping bowl of warm, bacon-y pasta instead. Sundried tomatoes ensure you don’t have to wait until summer to enjoy.

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<p>Simply Recipes / Susy Villasuso</p>

Simply Recipes / Susy Villasuso

One of my favorite ways to feed my large family is by making carnitas on the weekend and using it for two different meals. I serve carnitas tacos the first night and then use the leftovers for burritos by adding cilantro lime rice for a quick weeknight dinner.

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Instant Pot Paella with Chicken and Sausage

Coco Morante
Coco Morante

I’ve made a lot of Instant Pot recipes and can honestly say that this is the one dinner recipe I come back to year after year. The saffron and chorizo adds a burst of flavor that we all love.

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Chipotle Citrus Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

It took me quite a few tries to land on a pork tenderloin recipe that the whole family enjoyed. You can double the marinade and save half for the sauce if you don't want to reuse it.

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Roast Chicken on Angel Hair Pasta

Sheryl Julian
Sheryl Julian

Two whole chicken legs, two chicken breast halves, and a whole pound of pasta is plenty of food for a big family, and it’s ready in an hour.

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