7 Days of Back-to-School Dinners

At our house, we aren’t ready to say good-bye to the lazy days of summer quite yet. But I have to admit, my boys are pretty excited to meet their new teachers AND show off their new Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy backpacks. (Honestly, I’m not sure which one is a bigger deal.)

Yes, it’s almost time for the kiddos to head back to school, and that means it’s time to start doing a little homework when it comes to meal planning, too. Looking for a few quick dinners for busy weeknights? Here are 7 home-cooked meals that your kids will love – and that you can make in a hurry!

7 Back-to-School Dinners: Made in 30 Minutes

1. Easy Lasagna Cups. Loaded with cheesy goodness and savory tomato sauce, this five-star recipe is a kid-friendly favorite. I mean, come on … who could resist these cute little lasagna bites?

Easy Lasagna Cups Recipe

2. Mama’s Hawaiian Pizza Stromboli. Gloriously gooey mozzarella. Smoky Canadian bacon. Sweet pineapple. It’s everything you love about pizza – all wrapped up in one blissfully buttery crust. Even better? It’s ready on the table in 30 minutes.

hawaiian pizza stromboli recipe | Tastefully Simple

Tip: My family loves to use pepperoni for one half of the filling, and then Canadian bacon and pineapple for the other half. It’s the best of both worlds.

3. Tacos on the Go. Off to football practice or soccer games? You can still have a delicious dinner on the way – without hitting the drive-thru. And you can fill your to-go containers with all of your favorite fresh toppings, too!

taco pie recipe | Tastefully Simple

4. Buffalo Chicken Sliders. Loaded with chopped chicken, tangy-garlicky sauce and melty mozzarella, these sassy little sliders are great for game day or busy weeknights. (And don’t worry – while they have a little kick, they definitely won’t knock you over.)

buffalo chicken sliders recipe | Tastefully Simple

5. Mom’s Taco Pie. For a fun twist on taco night, make this one-dish dinner. You can even create a build-your-own-taco-bar with toppings like chopped avocado, nacho cheese tortilla chips, lettuce, tomatoes and plain Greek yogurt.

taco pie recipe | Tastefully Simple

6. Herb-Crusted Chicken Strips. So quick. So delicious. So easy. Your whole family will love these crispy chicken strips. Serve ‘em with sweet potato fries, celery sticks or fresh fruit on the side.

Herb Crusted Chicken Strips

7. Cheeseburger Skillet. Move over, boxed dinners! You can stir up your own home-cooked skillet, full of flavor, any night of the week. Pair this one-pan dinner with a tossed salad, steamed broccoli or breadsticks. 

Cheeseburger Skillet recipe

That’s it … you’ve got the entire first week of school covered, easy as A-B-C!

- Jen

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