Back to School Dinner Inspiration

September 10, 2020

My kids are back in school and while I’m so happy about it I feel so bad for those that are still facing all the challenges and worries and stress about this stupid virus.

Dinner is still the challenge we face together, friends. And I have found that meal planning makes the week SO much easier that I want to help you get a few items that you are excited about on there. Some nights I have time to cook and want to make something new. Most nights I need something very quick or preferably prepped earlier. So there’s a selection of both. Mostly I highly recommend ordering/cooking pizza one night and the hubs grilling one night/date night on your meal plan so you don’t get dinner fatigue. 5 nights are easier to plan than 7 by far. That’s the summit of my kitchen wisdom right there.

So here is a line up of easy (but sometimes still a culinary adventure) and yummy recipes that are new to me or our families tried and true favorites from the blog.

If you have a half hour and want to stir something new:

One-Pot Rosemary Lemon Dijon Chicken  by HalfBakedHarvest

Back Pocket Chicken Stir Fry with Noodles by Pinch of Yum

Pork Chops with Mushroom Cream Sauce by SkinnyTaste

Braised Ginger Meatballs in Coconut Broth by SmittenKitchen

Orecchiette with Sausage, Tomato and Broccoli by the Humble Onion

Turkey Enchilada Stir Fry with Couscous by Food Network – I love that couscous takes 5 minutes.


If you only have 5-10 minutes to put a CrockPot/Sheet Pan Recipe on:

Chicken Taco Bowls by The Humble Onion – our families most popular quick/easy dinner

Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken  by Diet Hood – my pickiest eaters *gobble* this up, and I always mean to do a post about it but it really is my go-to when I only have 5 minutes.

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup by Pinch of Yum

Paleo Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken and Sausage A past favorite that I forgot about and can’t wait to make soon. Also easy is my Balsamic Pulled Chicken. SO yummy!

Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast Sheet Pan by Everyday Occasions – can’t wait to try this!

Sheet Pan Lemon & Herb Salmon with Dill Citrus Sauce by The Humble Onion

Easy Crowd Pleasing Classics:

Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings by The Humble Onion – this has a little bit of labor at the end making the dumplings but the cooking part is easy and the flavor is amazing!

Easy Chicken Parm by The Humble Onion – I’m always surprised by how easy this is and it is always a hit. I substitute the chicken for eggplant often during lent or Fridays or make both for family weekends.

Ina’s Parmesan Chicken This is Ina’s most popular recipe. Instead of smothering a chicken cutlet in sauce like chicken parm above, just top it with salad and a vinaigrette

Kid-Friendly Chicken Stir Fry by The Humble Onion – a longstanding favorite that marinates/rice cooker goes in 30 minutes before, then clean your kitchen, then pan cook in 10 minutes.

Tortellini in Brodo by Food Network – what kid doesn’t love tortellini in chicken broth? What mom doesn’t love adding pasta and veggies to broth and calling it dinner?

Chicken Piccata by Giada DeLaurentiis – I NEED to make this after having Halibut Piccata at a restaurant and remembering how simple and delicious it is. The lemon sauce is addicting.

Easy 3 Cheese Mac and Cheese by Food Network (cooks in under 30 minutes too).

Butter Chicken – this recipe looks amazing and it only takes 30 minutes of active time.

Easy Shephard’s Pie – One of our families favorites! Store-bought mashed potatoes FTW.

Ok, Happy New School Year and happy meal planning. But if you need to call take out that is FINE TOO.

xoxo Katie

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