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17 Quick and Easy Recipes for Busy Dads

17 Quick and Easy Recipes for Busy Dads

There’s no shame in being unfamiliar in the kitchen. But when your wife and kids are away in the country for the week, what are you supposed to eat? Take-out can work for a few days, and sandwiches will get you by. But when you’re in the mood for a warm home-cooked meal, you might find yourself scratching your head. Well, as usual, we are here to help!

 

Below we’ve gathered recipes that are quick, easy, and really delicious! They call for basic ingredients and don’t require fancy equipment.

 

With these recipes you can totally rock this whole dinner thing.

 

And you never know, maybe getting into the kitchen will ignite your inner chef!

 

  1. Gnocchi with Meat Sauce by Esty Wolbe

    Get ready to add this one to your weekly dinner rotation! Esty is back with the ultimate easy dinner. Gnocchi and meat sauce, all in one pot! And with Bartenura gnocchi, your dish will be ready in 3 minutes!

    Watch the video here!

  2. Cream Cheese Alfredo Pasta Sauce by Chani Salzer
    Two words to sum up this classic pasta recipe? Quick and easy. Need I say more?

  3. Chicken Breast Baguette Sandwich by Mighty Sesame Co.
    A few minutes on the stovetop and you’ll have yourself a hearty, filling chicken sandwich.

  4. Make Your Own Poke Bowls by Dini Klein
    A colorful fresh tuna bowl bursting with nutritious proteins and vegetables. Serve for dinner and allow everyone to choose their favorite add-ins.

  5. Taco Breakfast by Chavi Feldman
    I just had the opportunity to try out this recipe on my brand-new son-in-law. He suggested adding hot sauce for that extra zing, and I think that did the trick to take this recipe from just ordinary to “egg-ceptional.” Thanks, Chaim!

  6. Pizza Ravioli with Garlic White Sauce by Victoria Dwek
    Want to serve a restaurant-quality pasta dish at a dairy Shavuos meal? Not everything needs to be prepared in advance, and that includes the dishes that take five minutes to prep and serve (just don’t tell anyone). Once you have the ravioli in your freezer, you don’t need anything else since the sauce uses staple ingredients (no heavy cream!); it can be prepared in a pinch any time at all.

  7. Kickin’ Salsa Pasta by Chanie Nayman
    If you like food jam-packed with flavor, this is for you. It’s kid friendly and can be dressed up for adults by adding in sautéed vegetables. But I always find that adults seem to peek over at the kiddie table and wish they had their menu plan!

  8. Roasted Salmon with Maple Glaze by Levana Kirschenbaum

    One of my, and many of my regulars’, great favorites. The short and dazzling flavor lineup does its magic with practically no work. You will never say you are bored of salmon again! Bluefish will be suitable here, as well as any thick white fish (bass, mahimahi, halibut, etc.).

  9. Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry by Nina Safar
    I love the flavor combination of honey and soy sauce; the perfect balance between sweet and salty.

  10. Nutty Noodles by Chavi Feldman
    This dish is best served warm or at room temperature and features an uncommon but tempting mixture of vegetables. It also qualifies as a unique make-ahead pasta salad for Seudos Shlishis. The roasted peanuts add lots of festive crunch!

  11. Steak with Grilled Pineapple Avocado Salad by Ally Mawhirter
    When you want to break out the grill pan for supper, this easy steak dinner is the recipe you want to try – the steak is delicious and the avocado salad with pineapple-cilantro dressing is so fresh! Be sure to check out all of Ally’s 5-ingredient Chol Hamoed dinner recipes and you’ll be set for the whole week.

  12. Sheet Pan Pierogi Dinner by Sara and Yossi Goldstein
    Everyone loves a good sheet pan meal! Especially busy moms and dads. I love using sausages as a protein. Since pierogies are officially Polish, a good style Polish sausage will pair very well with this dish, for example, kielbasa.

  13. Pita Pockets by Sara and Yossi Goldstein
    Move over, falafel! The kale burger is tucked between crispy lettuce, juicy tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onion for a classic pita sandwich. I added a drizzle of tahini and a sprinkle of feta for a finishing touch!

  14. Pretzel Hot Dog Skewers by Esty Wolbe

  15. Tuna with Rainbow Slaw by Michal Frischman
    This is super easy to prep, and the salad stays crunchy and bright even when made a day in advance. It’s so simple because the bitterness of the radish and sweetness of the carrots are doing the dish’s heavy lifting.

  16. Low Carb Spinach Mushroom Quesadillas by Batsheva Kanter
    These do not need a dipping sauce because all the flavor is inside the quesadilla. These are also great at room temperature, so they’re perfect for a school lunch for discerning taste buds.

  17. Chickpea Salad by Brynie Greisman
    This takes no time to put together, and is so delicious and fresh tasting, you’re going to want to eat it all yourself. Like I did!