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Quick and Easy Dinners for Busy Dads


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.

1. Roast Beef Stromboli

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.

2. Sloppy Joes

My family has long loved sloppy joes. This is a great recipe. About 20 minutes from start to finish.

3. Crockpot Chili

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. About ten minutes of prep time and 8 hours in the crockpot.

4. Pesto Meatballs with Fettuccine

One of my favorite quick Italian meals, this one 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.

5. Chicken Stir Fry

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.

6. Apple Cinnamon Glazed Chicken

If you like to cook on the charcoal or gas grill, then this is a great family recipe. Only about 10 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes on a hot grill. A low fat entry with applesauce and cinnamon.

7. Dianne's Crockpot Beef Fajitas

Another great crockpot recipe. Flank steak, salsa and peppers highlight these tasty fajitas. Serve on steamed flour tortillas. About 15 minutes to prepare and 8 hours in the crockpot, so it is a good dinner to prepare on a busy weekend day.

8. Quick Goulash

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 atovetop skillet.

9. Pasta Cheese Casserole

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.

10. Spinach Quesadillas

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.

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