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9 Speedy Suppers For The Hangry Family

11/05/2017 06:56 EST | Updated 11/05/2017 12:14 EST

On those crazy weeknights when your “starving” family is about to snap, you need to whip up a satisfying meal — stat! From Southwestern sliders to cashew chicken, these quick dinners are guaranteed to return your hangry family to its normally happy disposition.

1. Southwestern Sliders

These drip-down-your-chin sliders are jazzed up with smoky Southwestern spices, jalapeño pepper and Jack cheese. Serve them with Roasted Tomato Peach Jam or ketchup and your family will swoon. GET THE RECIPE

2. Chicken Curry

In this easy recipe, thinly sliced chicken breasts are sautéed with curry powder and simmered in an aromatic curry sauce thickened with Greek yogurt. You can have it on the table in 30 minutes — or in the time it takes to cook some basmati rice — and the cooking method ensures that the chicken is tender every time. GET THE RECIPE

3. Baked Salmon with Honey Mustard & Pecan-Panko Crust

This baked salmon dish takes a total of 20 minutes – 10 minutes to prepare and 10 minutes to cook – yet tastes like something you’d order at a fancy restaurant. It’s perfect for when you have to hit the kitchen running. GET THE RECIPE

4. Cashew Chicken

This dish of tender stir-fried chicken and roasted cashews in garlic sauce tastes just like take-out, only better. You don’t need a wok and, aside from the chicken, the only chopping involves some garlic and scallions. The rest comes out of bottles and jars. GET THE RECIPE

5. Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli

Sometimes it seems impossible to make a meal the whole family loves: what one child happily eats, the other one is “not in the mood for.” But every once in a while, I come upon a winner, like this delicious pasta dish adapted from Lidia’s Italian Table by Lidia Bastianich. Not only is it quick and easy to make — 25 minutes tops — the whole family eats it up, broccoli and all. GET THE RECIPE

6. 30-Minute Asian Beef Bowls

This dish is a MAJOR family-pleaser and can be made in just 30 minutes from ordinary supermarket ingredients. And the beauty of “bowls” is that everyone can create their own. GET THE RECIPE

7. New Orleans-Style BBQ Shrimp

New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp as actually very little to do with barbecue: the dish refers to sautéed shrimp in a Worcestershire-spike butter sauce. If you keep shrimp in your freezer, it’s one of those dishes you can throw together at a moment’s notice. GET THE RECIPE

8. Broiled Spicy Chicken Thighs with Sweet & Tangy Honey Glaze

Inspired by one of the most popular Cooking Light recipes, this dish is family-friendly and incredibly easy to prepare. Chicken thighs are seasoned with garlic, chili powder, cumin, and smoked paprika and then quickly broiled with a sweet and tangy honey glaze. GET THE RECIPE

9. Baked Penne with Spinach, Ricotta & Fontina

This easy weeknight pasta dish is a quick riff on spinach and ricotta cannelloni. Instead of stuffing pasta shells with the classic spinach and ricotta filling, I toss penne pasta in a creamy spinach, basil and ricotta sauce, top it with cheese, and then bake it until golden. You can get the pasta in the oven in just 20 minutes — toss a salad while it bakes and dinner is done! GET THE RECIPE