Here's our winning menu for family dinner—and it's easy on the cook.

By Laura Rege
Updated August 13, 2020
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Let us show you how to make family dinner night simple and easy, so you can spend more together and less time cooking (and doing dishes). One sheet pan transforms into a kitchen workhorse when you make both an entrée and a side dish on it at the same time. Paired with a four-ingredient dip and a no-cook dessert, this menu won't take more than 30 minutes of prep, leaving more time for you to relax and hear about everyone's day.

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Start with Spinach Dip

Mix spinach into a ricotta-based dip and your family won't be able to resist eating their greens. Enjoy this Spinach Dip, a four-ingredient starter, with wheat crackers or crostini before baking your sheet pan supper.

Move on to Broiled Bacon-Wrapped Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Watercress

And the award for smartest use of a sheet pan goes to... this Broiled Bacon-Wrapped Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Watercress recipe. We likely had you at bacon-wrapped chicken breasts, but wait there's also roasted sweet potato slices, and they're cooked together on that one sheet pan under the broiler in just 10 minutes. If watercress isn't your family's thing, swap it out with your favorite salad green. The dressing is very versatile.

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Finish with a Dessert of Citrus, Pomegranate, and Honey with Toasted Coconut

Why get complicated now? Fan colorful slices of citrus onto plates and let everyone drizzle their plates with honey and top with crunchy pomegranate seeds and toasted coconut. Use a mix of clementines, grapefruit, and orange, or go with your family's citrus picks for this Citrus, Pomegranate, and Honey with Toasted Coconut recipe.

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