Long gone are the days when moms used to start preparing for dinner right after the lunch. Today moms are no less busier than dads. But does that mean kids would have to rely on readymade food? Of course not, if you keep your pantry equipped with key ingredients, like lean meat preferably boneless, bag of mixed vegetables, low sodium pasta sauce, salsa, Cajun and Italian seasonings, different pastas etc, you can come up with nutritious, tasty and fast dinner recipes that will leave the parents and kids licking their fingers.

Veggie and Cheddar Penne

Fast dinner recipes- Veggie and Cheddar Penne

Cheesy pastas are loved by kids of all age groups and even than grown up one who is called dad in your household. Add some veggies to make it healthier. Cook penne as per instructions. Lightly sauté vegetables like broccoli, red bell pepper, carrots and onions in 2 tablespoons of olive oil till they are crisp. Add shredded cheddar cheese with another one to two tablespoons olive oil. Wait and stir till cheese is melted and coated with veggies evenly. Add in penne and toss till mixed homogenously. Serve hot,

Chicken Teriyaki

Fast dinner recipes- Chicken Teriyaki

Treat your family with this Chinese delicacy which is easy to prepare and would not take much effort. Rinse and pat dry chicken halves of a whole one. Place them cut side down in a 3 quart baking dish. Mix sugar, dark soya sauce, minced garlic and grated ginger in a bowl and pour over chicken. Marinate it in refrigerator for at least three hours. In a preheated oven at 350 degrees F, bake these chicken pieces uncovered. Keep basting them occasionally. When you are sure, meat is no longer pink from inside take it out and let it cool, cut and serve with noodles or rice.

Shrimp with Olives and Tomatoes

Fast dinner recipes- Shrimp with Olives and Tomatoes

Cook couscous according to the package instruction. Heat a pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil, sauté onion for 4 minutes and then add diced tomatoes and green olives with dry white wine, salt and ground pepper. Let it simmer and keep stirring till liquid evaporates. Add medium sized shrimp and cook it covered for five minutes. Serve with couscous. If you don’t have couscous, you can serve it on the bed of spaghetti too.

Broiled Tilapia

Fast dinner recipes- Broiled Tilapia

This simple and fast recipe is going to be the show stopper and instant hit among all age groups. Preheat broiler on high and prepare the broiling pan using cooking spray. Mix Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, softened butter and lemon juice in a small bowl. Season it with dried basil, salt, onion powder and ground pepper. Place tilapia fillets in a single layer in the broiling dish and broil for two minutes. Flip them over and broil little more and cover with the cheese mixture. Now broil till this mixture turns brown and fish becomes flaky. Serve hot with bread and any soup of your choice.

These were few healthy and fast dinner recipes that can well be a treat to your kids and husband. Serve them and watch them love their every bite.