Quick and Easy Dinners for Busy Dads

More and more dads are getting more involved than ever before in dinner preparation. Gone are the days when moms stayed home and cooked every night. With families becoming busier and busier, quick and easy meals are becoming an imperative.

Fathers who have to run fast to get through every day both need and appreciate recipes that make dinner preparations quick and easy. These recipes offer meals that take only a few minutes to prepare and taste great.

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    Beef Stromboli
    Stephanie Gallagher

    A stromboli is like a turnover, but instead of fruit it is filled with meat, veggies and/or cheese.  A refrigerated pizza crust and deli roast beef makes quick work of this quick and easy dinner. You can cut the stromboli into small pieces, and let the kids eat with their hands. About 15 minutes of prep time and 25-35 minutes in the oven.

  • 02 of 10

    Sloppy Joes

    Sloppy Joes
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    My family has long loved sloppy joes. With a mixture of meat, onions, ketchup, brown sugar (and sometimes celery), sloppy joes are a quick, fun and filling meal. This is a great recipe. About 20 minutes from start to finish.

  • 03 of 10
    Chili Dinner
    Stephanie Gallagher

    I love using crockpots for preparing dinner. All the ingredients go in and then you go about your day. A few hours later, dinner is ready and cleanup is a snap. Two kinds of beans, lean ground beef and vegetables make this chili recipe healthy. While is has the distinctive chili flavor, it is not too spicy for the little guys in your family.  It takes about ten minutes of prep time and 8 hours in the crockpot.

  • 04 of 10
    Pesto Spaghetti
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    Pesto is a well-loved Italian sauce made with garlic, pine nuts and cheese.  This recipe is one of my favorite quick Italian meals, and uses those frozen meatballs from the grocery store. It takes about 30 minutes from start to finish, and is a lot of fun to prepare and eat with the family.

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  • 05 of 10

    Chicken Stir Fry

    Chicken Stir Fry
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    Stir fry is a really healthy way of preparing meat and/or vegetables, and because you are constantly stirring it as the veggies and meat cook, the kids can kind of get into the preparation.  A soy sauce and orange marmalade makes this stir fry appealing to kids. Although this recipe has no vegetables in it, it would be delicious with broccoli, mushrooms and/or onions. Only 15 minutes from start to serve.

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    Apple Glazed Chicken
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    If you like to cook on the charcoal or gas grill, then this is a great family recipe. We love grilling at our house, and this recipe will result in moist, well seasoned chicken.  You can serve it with rice for a more complete meal.  Only about 10 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes on a hot grill. A low fat entry with applesauce and cinnamon.

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    Beef Fajitas
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    Fajitas are another family favorite for our household.  Another great crockpot recipe. Flank steak, salsa and peppers highlight these tasty fajitas. Serve on steamed flour tortillas. It takes about 15 minutes to prepare and 8 hours in the crockpot, so it is a good dinner to prepare on a busy weekend day.  And if you are running a little late for dinner, the food will keep until you are ready to serve and eat.

  • 08 of 10

    Quick Goulash

    Goulash
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    Goulash is often a child's favorite. It is colorful and tasty. This recipe uses macaroni, cheese, and ground beef for a fast meal. Prep time is about 10 minutes and it takes 20 minutes in a stovetop skillet.  The flavor is good, and there is a really good chance that this one will become a family favorite.

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  • 09 of 10

    Pasta Cheese Casserole

    Pasta Casserole
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    This is a meatless casserole can be served with garlic bread and salad for a complete meal. Ten minutes of preparation time and 20 minutes in the oven bring this delicious dish to the table.

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    Spinach Quesadillas

    Spinach Quesadillas
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    These are delicious and super-quick to put together. Try experimenting with different flavored tortillas and different cheeses, too, to find the combination that works best for your family. These take about 20 minutes to prepare and six minutes to cook on the stovetop.