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38 Easy Back to School Recipes

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These easy Back to School recipes will hopefully inspire you to get into the groove of a new school year. They’re simple, delicious recipes that are always favorites. From snacks to quick and easy dinners and the all-important school cookies!

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I can’t quite believe that in days, I’ll see the yellow school buses roaming the streets of my community! How did summer fly by so quickly?

But secretly, I love this time of year. The prepping for school, back to school shopping and supply lists. And certainly, the food.

Because back to school food is different than all others!

Easy Back to School Recipes

If you’re prepping for heading back to school or even back to work, here are some recipes to inspire your menus!

Back to School Snacks that are Quick & Easy

These back to school snacks are mostly healthy, but also delicious. You will find breakfast foods that serve well for healthy snacks, sweet and salty snacks, smoothies, crackers, granola recipes and more!

Sliced Greek Yogurt Banana Bread with Butter

Greek Yogurt Banana Bread

This Greek Yogurt Banana Bread recipe is moist and sweet, and creamy. A perfect balance of ripe bananas, creamy yogurt, and vanilla. Made even sweeter with a dash of chocolate chips.

Top view of Baked Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

Baked Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

Baked Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal is a healthy, make-ahead breakfast recipe that kids and adults alike love. Delicious served warm from the oven, and just as yummy as a cold afternoon snack.

2 glasses of Apple Pie Smoothie topped with granola

Easy Apple Pie Smoothie

Ready for a treat? This Apple Pie Smoothie is everything you love in apple pie, just healthier, and cold! Plus, it's a 3-minute treat, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened with maple.

Bowl of 5 Minute Fall Crack (aka Fall Snack Chex Mix)

5 Minute Fall Crack (aka Fall Snack Chex Mix)

A quick and easy 5 minute Fall Crack Chex Mix recipe that's super simple and yummy. Packed with the sweet and salty flavors we love, it's a treat perfect for the season!

Stacked breakfast cookies on parchment paper

Breakfast Cookies: Easy Healthy Morning Starts

These healthy Breakfast Cookies are gluten-free, low in sugar… and taste amazingly good. Guilt-free soft and chewy cookies for breakfast!

Pan filled with Healthy Granola

Healthy Granola Recipe

This easy, healthy granola recipe is a whole grain, naturally sweetened nutrient-rich breakfast or snack that's easy to adapt with your favorite ingredients. A batch makes about 8 cups or 16 half-cup servings.

Healthy Peanut Butter Granola Bars with Chocolate Chips | 31Daily.com

Healthy Peanut Butter Granola Bars with Chocolate Chips

Peanut Butter Granola Bars with Chocolate Chips — a healthy, energy boosting, chewy and soft homemade granola bar that’s so much better than it’s store-bought cousin.

Homemade Crackers in a white ramekin on a wooden cutting board.

Homemade Crackers: A Healthy Oat Cracker Recipe

These homemade crackers recipe is a healthy oat cracker and super easy to make from scratch. Perfect for snacks and parties, it's a crispy, savory cracker that's full of flavor with no additives.

Closeup view of a Bowl of Everything Bagel Pretzels

Everything Bagel Pretzels: Quick & Easy Party Food

Take your party pretzels to a new level and make Everything Bagel Pretzels. They are the quickest and easiest party food, and absolutely delicious. Made in minutes with 3 simple ingredients.

Mediterranean Egg Muffins on a wood board with chopped tomatoes and spinach

Healthy Mediterranean Egg Muffins

These Mediterranean Egg Muffins are a delicious way to enjoy a healthy breakfast. Simple to make, perfect for making ahead and having ready for quick morning meals, or protein-rich snacks. Packed with healthy Mediterranean ingredients and flavors, they are a go-to in the mornings.

3 Ingredient Frozen Yogurt Bark

This Frozen Yogurt Bark is a 3 ingredient, 5-minute healthy summer snack you'll want to have in your freezer all season. Super simple to make, this frozen treat is perfect for hot summer days.

Side view of a Oatmeal Smoothie in a glass with a green and white straw

Healthy Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe

This healthy Oatmeal Smoothie recipe is a simple and easy, energizing breakfast to whip up in minutes with ingredients you likely have on hand. Filled with healthy protein, it's a delicious morning drink packed with flavors you will love.

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5 Minute Pinwheel Sandwiches: Protein Veggie Wraps

This bright Pinwheel Sandwiches recipe is easy to make with a tortilla in 5 minutes or less! Packed with protein, healthy vegetables, and delicious flavors, they are perfect for healthy lunches and snacks. Or, wrap it up and take it to the park for an easy picnic favorite!

Closeup side view of healthy Egg Bites with fresh vegetables and herbs

Healthy Egg Bites Recipe

Quick breakfasts in the morning can still be healthy and delicious with this protein-rich easy-to-make Egg Bites Recipe made with fresh vegetables and herbs. Excellent breakfast on the go or as a healthy snack.

Easy Back to School Recipes: Dinners

Side view of Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese on a white plate

10 Minute Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese: Easiest Comfort Food Ever

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese is simply the easiest comfort food… ever. And delicious? Oh, my, goodness. It's creamy, cheese, and so incredibly tasty. It's everything you love about Mac and Cheese… in 10 minutes or less.

Closeup view of Chicken Broccoli on a plate with steamed rice

15 Minute Chicken and Broccoli

Chicken and Broccoli is a super quick and easy, utterly delicious one skillet dinner recipe that's ready in under 15 minutes. No need for takeout, it's a simple recipe with mostly pantry ingredients.

Closeup view of Instant Pot Asian BBQ Chicken Wings with Broccoli and Noodles

Instant Pot Asian BBQ Chicken Thighs

These Instant Pot Asian BBQ Chicken Thighs with noodles and steamed broccoli is a super easy and quick adaptation of classic takeout chicken. With a sweet and spicy Asian BBQ sauce, it's wonderfully delicious and cooks in 8 minutes.

Side view of Chicken Perloo is a covered casserole dish

Simple Chicken Perloo: South Carolina Classic

Chicken Perloo is a South Carolina classic one pot chicken and rice dish that's smokey, a little sweet, hearty, and so delicious. It's Southern comfort food at its best. And — easy to make, with simple ingredients and amazing flavor… even for weeknight dinners.

individual baked macaroni and cheese in ramekins

Easy Baked Macaroni and Cheese

A comfort food classic in our home, this baked Macaroni and Cheese dish. Most especially on cold winter evenings. Easy Baked Macaroni and Cheese is a comfort food classic at our house. Especially when it's baked in ramekins. An old family recipe that's comfy and cozy and perfectly simple. 

Closeup view of Instant Pot Taco Mac and Cheese in a white bowl.

4 Minute Instant Pot Taco Mac and Cheese

This Instant Pot Chili Mac and Cheese is an easy pasta dish and family favorite dinner. A blend of lean ground beef, macaroni, chili beans, tomatoes, and spices. And, of course, melting cheddar cheese. An easy dinner to table meal in around 15 minutes, give or take a few.

Top view of Greek Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad

Greek Chicken with Yogurt Cucumber Salad

This Greek Chicken with Cucumber Salad is an easy, refreshing meal with herbed yogurt coated chicken seared quickly in a skillet, and served with fresh cucumber and tomato salad.

Orecchiette Pasta with Sausage in a Cast Iron Skillet

Orecchiette Pasta with Sausage and Broccolini

This quick and easy Orecchiette Pasta recipe is made with delicious sausage, savory mushrooms, broccolini, and jarred marinara sauce. Packed with tremendous flavor, it's wonderful for quick, easy, and filling pasta dinners.

Top view of kofta kebobs, tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, and warm pitas

Easy Grilled Beef Kofta: Lebanese Street Food

Easy grilled Beef Kofta or Kafta, as it's sometimes called, is a Lebanese style street food that's super simple to make at home. Tender and delicious Kofta Kebabs are made with Middle Eastern spices and are grilled indoors or out in less than 10 minutes.

Easy One Pot Pasta with Ground Beef and Broccoli in a White Dutch Oven

Easy One Pot Pasta with Ground Beef and Broccoli

This easy One Pot Pasta with Ground Beef and Broccoli is for those nights when dinner needs to be quick and easy. As in, almost hands-free. And family-friendly too. I love making this simple all in one pasta dish that is super customizable, is and manages to be light and flavorful without the addition of a red sauce or any cream!

Horizontal view of Chicken Taco Salad on a white serving platter

15 Minute Chicken Taco Salad

This Chicken Taco Salad recipe is quick, hearty, and delicious! Packed with taco flavors, chicken, juicy tomatoes, beans, corn, cheese, and an easy, easy Taco Dressing. It's healthy, protein-rich, and so wonderfully yummy– in 15 minutes!

Easy Southwestern Chicken Quinoa Bake with Spinach | 31Daily.com

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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Delicious Sloppy Joe Recipe

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

Mexican Lasagna in a cast iron skillet with piece missing

Mexican Lasagna Skillet Casserole

Mexican Lasagna Skillet is a Southwestern-inspired casserole made up of layers of tortillas, cheese, and taco meat. Simple, packed with flavor, and delicious!

Wide angle of Skillet Taco with Chips and Veggies

One Pot Easy Skillet Taco

This Skillet Taco is the easiest, most delicious way to serve tacos at your next party. With a few simple, healthy ingredients, it's a go-to game day, Super Bowl, Friday night tradition.

Back to School Cookies

In my world, cookies were almost always a part of afternoon school snacks and treats. At least… it was the “snack” I most often recall! Sometimes they were healthy, like our Breakfast Cookies, but often… just plain yummy.

My mom reminded me of a poem she has tucked away in her recipe card file… it goes something like this:

A Cookie and a Kiss

A house should have a cookie jar
For when it’s half past three
And children hurry home from school
As hungry as can be
There nothing quite so splendid
In filling children up
As spicy fluffy ginger cakes
And sweet milk in a cup

unknown author
Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies on a white scalloped plate

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies are the best grain free cookies ever. Soft and chewy, just like chocolate chip cookies should be, filled with the buttery and vanilla flavor we love but with lower sugar than their traditional cousins. Easy to make, they are a go-to almond flour cookie at our house.

S'mores Cookie Cups on a wood board with a gingham checkered linen

Easy S’mores Cookie Cups

These easy S'mores Cookie Cups are the answer to s'more cravings when a campfire isn't handy. Sweet tender graham crusts, roasted marshmallows, and melting chocolate. Hungry yet? These delicious bites are ready in minutes with only a handful of ingredients. Yum!

Top view of squares of Oatmeal Chocolate Chips Bars on parchment

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are the ultimate blending of oatmeal cookies and chocolate chip cookies… made incredibly easy baked into bars. Oozing with melty chocolate, chewy and crisp with oats, and irresistible with a sprinkling of flaky sea salt.

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Sweet Iconic Snickerdoodle Recipe

Some cookies are so indelibly imprinted in our memory, and so incredibly delicious, they earn the title, “iconic.” The Snickerdoodle is one of those cookies. Sweet and chewy, pillowy fluffy and addictively wonderful with their cinnamon-sugar coating.

White plate of sugar coated ginger cookies.

Giant and Soft Ginger-Spice Cookies

These Spiced Ginger Cookies are the perfect fall and Christmas cookie! The richly spiced flavors of ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and molasses are a comforting and familiar blend that evokes memories of warmth and love, and laughter.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Chocolate Chip Cookies are irresistibly chewy, buttery, and chocolaty. Truly a cookie for all time. America's favorite cookie, hands down. A tried and true recipe to memorize.

Stack of 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies on a Blue Plate

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

This incredible simple 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies recipe is a go-to, delicious treat you'll make often. Cookie cravings satisfied in minutes!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies in a lined basket

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies are a bit different than your average cookie. Deliciously moist and chewy with zucchini, healthy with whole wheat flour, and utterly yummy with warm spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. And, chocolate chips, of course!

Maple Pecan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Maple Pecan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies: chewy, dense and richly flavored with cinnamon and maple and pecans. A cookie that’s quickly becoming a seasonal favorite at my house.

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