Feeding a family is no joke. That one doesn’t eat raw tomatoes, this one hates chicken (unless it’s in nugget form) and that one over there won’t touch anything green. It’s improbable, if not impossible, to please everyone all at once, so instead of trying to address every little preference with one finished dish, opt for recipes that are easily adapted or deconstructed at the stove or the table. The 21 below are just those sorts — with a few guaranteed crowd-pleasers like pancakes and nachos thrown in — and they are cost-conscious to boot.

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