Easy Back to School Dinner Ideas and Recipes

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Easy back to school dinner ideas to help ease back into that hectic season. Simple family favorites made quickly at home. No takeout needed!

The leaves are changing and so are family schedules. You’re going to love these ideas!

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Easy Back to School Dinner Ideas

Back to school means new schedules, homework, and busy weeknights. These easy back to school dinner ideas will help get you back in the groove.


Taco Mac & Cheese

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"When taco night meets mac and cheese, magic happens. Melty cheese, hearty ground beef, and a creamy Tex-Mex inspired sauce come together in this taco-mac skillet for a maximum comfort food meal. You can absolutely prep this cheesy dinner bake ahead of time to make for even easier weeknight prep."

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Cabbage, Mushroom, and Bacon Pasta Recipe

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"This quick and easy wilted cabbage dish comes together in under 30 minutes, all on the stovetop. And since you use just one skillet and one pot, cleanup is a breeze, which makes this tasty recipe perfect for a busy weeknight supper."

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Chicken Bolognese

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"It’s quick and easy to whip up on any night of the week – it’s loaded with tons of flavor. Kids love it. Adults love it. It’s currently stocked in my freezer for a rainy day. And it satisfies by daily cheese obsessed when I load it up with freshly shaved Parmesan!"

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Quick and Easy Oven Baked Chicken Tacos

"This cheese and bean stuffed, rotisserie chicken baked tacos will have your people asking for seconds."

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Easiest Chicken Enchiladas Ever with Leftover Chicken

Do you ever need a quick and easy recipe using leftover chicken? This is a favorite and the Easiest Chicken Enchiladas Ever! No dipping tortillas in sauce, simple ingredients, simple prep. Easy weeknight dinner!

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Buttermilk Chicken Tenders with Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans Recipe

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"Quick-cooking chicken breast tenders get a grown-up spin but, we assure you, the kids will still love them."

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15 Minute White Bean Soup with Garden Vegetables

You say… “15 minutes for a warm and yummy White Bean Soup?” I say, “Yes!” Any day of the week!

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Easy Teriyaki Chicken Pizza

"This Teriyaki Chicken Pizza is loaded with tender chicken, fresh broccoli, spring onions, crispy bacon, and melty mozzarella cheese. All topping that distinctively sweet yet savory teriyaki sauce we love."

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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese: Easiest Comfort Food Ever

Fast food can be tempting on busy weeknights. I promise -- this is fast food made simply at home -- and quicker than driving through the takeout window!

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Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef Tacos

Whether you have tacos in mind or burrito bowls or even quesadillas -- this versatile slow cooker beef does double and triple duty for weeknight dinners!

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Taco-Tot Casserole

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"Tex-Mex meets tater tots in this easy, inexpensive, and all-around comforting one-dish dinner."

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Instant Pot Chicken Corn Chowder

An under 30-minute favorite soup -- made super easy in the Instant Pot or stovetop. A simple comfort classic.

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Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Baked Potatoes

"It’s sigh-worthy comfort food at all levels. Fluffy russet potatoes, perfectly seasoned bbq sauce, cheese, sour cream… It’s, well, perfect."

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Easy Instant Pot Turkey Vegetable Pasta Soup

"Instant Pot Turkey Vegetable Pasta Soup has become a delicious weeknight mainstay in our kitchen. Everyone seems to love this soup! It’s quick and simple, packed with veggies, and simmered in a fragrant herb and spice broth."

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Comfort Food Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie

"Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie is rich and creamy comfort food heaven. With all the flavors you love in a chicken pot pie, with very little effort. Ready when you are, easily made from scratch. Perfect for busy weeknight dinners."

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Easy Chili

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"Look no further for the ultimate, easy chili recipe. With just a push of a button, your weekday dinner is taken care of as the chili cooks away in the slow cooker."

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Easy Southwestern Chicken Quinoa Bake with Spinach

"When it comes to easy weeknight dinners, this Southwestern Chicken Quinoa Bake with Spinach is the best! Loaded with healthy nutrients and protein, not to mention incredible Southwestern flavor, it’s a family favorite every time it shows up on the dinner table."

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Easy Skillet Spinach and Chicken Enchilada Pie

"Easy Skillet Spinach and Chicken Enchilada Pie is a hearty and healthy weeknight meal. And it’s made with ingredients you may already have on hand."

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A Most Delicious Sloppy Joe Recipe

"Perfect for Friday nights, when you’re feeding a crowd, or busy nights when you need something easy."

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Muffin Tin Mini Turkey Meatloaves: Perfect Comfort Food

"When you need simple comfort food, Muffin Tin Mini Turkey Meatloaves are a healthy and easy option."

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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her family.

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