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5 Easy Back-to-School Dinner Ideas

Back to school time is a hectic time for all who are trying to get back into a routine! It can seem chaotic, and for it, dinners are chosen for their simplicity more than anything else.

Fear not Moms, Dads, and Guardians! We have some easy back-to-school dinner ideas that are both simple to put together, delicious, and healthy to satisfy the whole family and get them ready for the day ahead.

Chicken Fajitas

This is an incredibly easy one-pan meal that packs the protein and vegetables. Slice up some chicken strips (or use beef if you prefer), bell peppers, and onions. Fry up the chicken, then add the vegetables and cook until slightly softened. Season with some chili powder – as spicy as you want it. Warm up some tortillas of your choice, add the meat and veggie mixture and top with salsa, guacamole, sour cream – anything that tickles your fancy! We love this recipe because it’s full of veggies, only uses one pan, doesn’t take long to cook, and it’s delicious!

Chicken Stroganoff

Here’s another dish where you can use either beef or chicken. Most of it is made in one pan, but you may want to add egg noodles, rice, or mashed potatoes with it.

(Source: https://iamhomesteader.com/chicken-stroganoff/)

Use chunks of chicken breasts and add garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Add a bit of olive oil to a pan and cook the chicken until no longer pink. Remove from the pan and add onions, shallots, and mushrooms. Cook until softened before adding butter and flour. Mix well and add in chicken broth. Simmer until thickened, then add the chicken back into the pan. Serve up nice and warm! Perfect for the cooler nights that are soon set in. See I am Homesteader for more.

Chili Mac

This one is a particular favorite in my house. The kids love it! And instead of beef, I use ground turkey.

The best part is you don’t even have to boil the macaroni beforehand. Brown the beef or turkey, add onions, diced tomatoes, water, garlic salt, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and beans (optional). Let it simmer until macaroni is cooked through. Throw in some cheese and voila! Another one-pan meal that is quick to prepare and easy to clean-up!

Check out Six Sisters’ Stuff for their take on chili mac – it doesn’t disappoint!

Slow Cooker Shepherd’s Pie

For those days you know are going to be long, a slow cooker can be a lifesaver. A shepherd’s pie might be the last thing you think you can throw together on those busy days, but with this recipe from the Baking Queen, it’s possible!

(Source: http://bakingqueen74.co.uk/shepherds-pie-slow-cooker/)

This is especially great if you have leftovers from the night before. Brown some ground lamb (or even beef or turkey as a healthier alternative) and onions. Put them along with peas, carrots, stock, and Worcestershire sauce into the slow cooker. Cook on low for five hours, then add mashed potato on the top (you can use leftovers if you have any!) Cook for another 1-2 hours. It should be nice and warm, but if you wish, you can transfer pieces to an oven-friendly dish, add cheese, and put under the broiler/grill for 15-20 minutes before you’re ready to serve.

Cod and Chorizo Traybake

(Source: https://joskitchen.co.uk/cod-chorizo-traybake-poweroffrozen/)

Home cooking doesn’t get any easier than this meal that goes from frozen to table in 45 minutes. This recipe is from Jo’s Kitchen and uses frozen ingredients that you don’t need to wait to thaw out before cooking (Just check packaging just in case!) Throw in some delicious cod, chorizo (we left it out, but if you want a contrasting taste, it surprisingly goes well with the cod!), and potatoes. Serve with green beans, broccoli, and cauliflower. Yum!

What types of easy school night dinners do you like to put together for your family? Share them with us over on our Facebook page or comment below. We’d love to hear from you!

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