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Tempting Teen Taste Buds: 15 Family-Friendly Recipes

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We're sisters who grew up breaking bread together. We were the kids on the block who sat down for dinner only when our Dad got home from work, usually cutting well into our primetime TV lineup. While at the time we were slightly resentful missing episodes of One Day at a Time (I was Julie, Lisa was Barbara and our brother was stuck being Schneider), we wouldn't have traded family meals for anything.

Table talk. As kids, we sat down for a family meal and it was our chance to be heard. Not sure why, but it was the place that felt like it was an "anything goes" environment, where we could gab and gossip, tease and torment (yes, we do have an older brother) without much in the way of repercussions. Now, in retrospect, I realize that our parents were letting us freestyle because we were talking, laughing, interacting and away from the boob tube. Our mom served up fantastic fare and let us take it from there.

Today, if television was the only challenge and distraction for our kids, we'd feel lucky -- they live in a super wired world and are constantly multi-tasking by watching television while taking selfies while checking Instagram while creating Snapchat stories, all the while finishing that school assignment. You get the picture. We crave their attention and know that one of the only places we're going to get it is at the table.

Our dedication to family mealtime remains strong and that's why we've come up with these delicious family-friendly recipes, foolproof recipes that not only answer the question, "What's for dinner?" but also help you serve it up in a quick and easy way. We're giving you the starting point -- amazing eats -- for what can help transform dinner from mayhem to magic.

  • 1
    Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons
    If Andy Warhol had tasted our deeply flavored roasted tomato soup, we’re confident he would have chosen it over the bland canned variety. We can picture the canvas...bowl after bowl of velvety, steaming tomato puree topped with crispy mini grilled-cheese croutons...a comfort-food masterpiece that’ll be remembered long past 15 minutes. GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • 2
    Chicken Cobb Salad with Thousand Island Dressing
    Looking for a meal-in- a-bowl? Search no further than this satisfying, crowd-pleasing Cobb Salad, a classic combo of chicken, bacon, avocado, eggs and blue cheese, all tossed in a creamy homemade Thousand Island dressing. GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • 3
    Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
    Some people believe strawberries are an aphrodisiac, others, that almonds bring good fortune. So get lucky with our “perfect bite” – a fork crammed with crisp lettuce, scarlet strawberries and sugared almonds, all coated in a sweet-and-sour poppy seed dressing. GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • 4
    Caprese Orzo Salad
    What do you do when tomatoes aren't in season but you're craving the classic Italian Caprese Salad? Think inside the box, as in the box of year-round juicy and flavorful cherry tomatoes and the box of orzo pasta, tossed up with melt-in-your-mouth bocconcini and slivers of chopped sweet basil. GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • 5
    Garden Pasta Salad
    How do you jazz up your plain old pasta salad? Ditch it and start over with this delicious and easy one, a Garden Fresh Pasta Salad chock full of crunchy vegetables and tender pasta, all tossed in a zesty Italian dressing. In fact, this pasta salad is so delicious, we've been known to add chicken and make a meal of it! GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • 6
    Creamy Macaroni & Cheese
    When does out-of- the-box thinking pay off? When it comes to this Macaroni and Cheese recipe, the easiest, cheesiest way to cook up the ultimate comfort food. To get the creamiest noodles, we melt everything together on the stove, transfer the cheesy mixture to a baking dish and finish it in the oven with a tasty golden cover of crunchy breadcrumbs. GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • 7
    The Best Double-Baked Stuffed Potatoes
    Looking for one hot potato? These Double Baked Stuffed Baked Potatoes bring major pizazz to the oft-times boring spud. Baked to perfection, the creamy insides are scooped out, mashed with butter and mixed with cheese and sour cream. The potatoes are then re-stuffed and baked until golden brown beauties emerge! GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • 8
    Chunky Vegetarian Chili with Cornbread Muffins
    This hearty bean-filled, vegetable-packed chili is so delicious it won't have anyone asking, "Where's the beef? GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • 9
    Bottomless Bowl Chicken Lasagna
    Lisa sometimes calls me Garfield for my lazy, lasagna-loving ways. When cravings strike, and I don’t have the time or patience for layering, this cheese-topped pasta delivers quick-fix happiness in a bowl of tender noodles, succulent chicken and sweet vegetables. GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • 10
    Parmesan Chicken Fingers with Dipping Trio
    Ditch the fryer and get baking these crunchy Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Fingers, golden bites that are served up with a trio of delectable dipping sauces: honey mustard, creamy Parmesan and sweet ketchup. GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • 11
    Grilled Cola Chicken
    When the kids ask, "What's for dinner?" you've now got the answer that's guaranteed to get cheers: Cola Chicken. Easy to prepare and quick to disappear, this sweet and savory BBQ chicken is a hit every time. What are you waiting for? Fire up the grill! GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • 12
    Teriyaki Salmon Rice Bowl
    Ready to be bowled over? Check out this incredible Japanese-style Teriyaki Salmon Rice Bowl, an easy, healthy and extremely tasty meal. The homemade teriyaki sauce (it's easy, we promise) is lustrous and lends a sweet and tangy glaze to the tender roasted salmon. Paired with sautéed spinach and creamy avocado, this hearty-yet-healthy salmon is superb. GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • 13
    Sweet Citrus Spiced Sun
    If you’re a fan of this omega-3 rich fish but prefer when it doesn't taste, well, too salmony, this Sweet Citrus Spiced Salmon recipe is for you. Salmon is marinated in pineapple and lemon juice and then baked with a sweet and spicy topping, leaving every bite the perfect blend of flavorful (but mellow) fish! GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • 14
    Oven-Baked BBQ Ribs
    We wish we had written the Chili's baby back rib anthem. You see, these easy oven-baked, tender and flavorful ribs make us want to sing. Marinated in a sweet and spicy dry rub and baked low and slow, the meat on these baby back ribs is so tender it falls off the bone. We want our baby back, baby back, baby back ribs... GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • 15
    Spicy Spaghetti & Meatballs
    How do you turn tender meatballs into great balls of fire? Simple...just stop, drop and roll. As in, stop what you're doing, drop the grocery bags and start rolling out these marvellous homemade meatballs. Paired with this robust and spicy spaghetti sauce, this easy dinner is going to get everyone fired up! GET THE RECIPE HERE
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