Back To School Dinner Ideas

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Class is back in session, and when the kids get home, we all know they’ll be ready for dinner. This list of Back To School Dinner Ideas is full of recipes that are perfect for those busy weeknights!

Easy Dinner Recipes


Can you believe that the summer flew by so quickly and now we are back to packing lunches and sending the kids off to school again?! Time flies when you’re having fun, and I swear these kids are growing like weeds. With all the preparation that goes into getting the scholastic year started, having dinner on the table can seem a little daunting. Take a recess from your stress and use my Back to School Dinner Ideas as your guide for family meals this week. This list is full of hearty and healthy meals to keep you and your kids engaged and energized.


I picked some of my favorite meals that are balanced and have a good combo of protein, veggies, and carbohydrates for dinners that satisfy and sustain. Oven Roasted Chicken and Veggies is one of my top priorities on back-to-school week. Lean chicken breast and healthy vegetables baked to perfection for a hearty homemade meal at the end of a long day of learning.

Dinners should also be fun, and that’s why my Taco Pizza is on the list. It’s a delicious and easy  meal to celebrate this new chapter of the year.

And we can’t forget the ultimate back to school and post meal treat, Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies. These cookies are definitely the way to your kiddos hearts when they get home from their first day.


One of the best aspects of this week’s recipes is that they all make for amazing leftovers the following night. The Taco Noodle Skillet was built for leftovers. It is fabulous fresh off the stove top, and after resting overnight it tastes even better the next day!

My Teriyaki Chicken Casserole is another one that tastes even better reheated for dinner the next day!

Beef Burrito Skillet

Beef Burrito Skillet is loaded with lean ground beef, jasmine rice, beans, cheese and more.

Ham and Cheese Tortellini

Ham, peas and a creamy sauce over cheese-filled tortellini.

Sour Cream Noodle Bake

Noodles, ground beef, tomato sauce, sour cream and lots of cheese are all inside this sour cream noodle bake.

Oven “Fried” Chicken

Baked Chicken

Teriyaki Chicken Casserole

Teriyaki Chicken Casserole is full of savory chicken, rice and vegetables all covered in teriyaki sauce.

Oven Baked Soft Tacos

These soft tacos are filled with seasoned ground beef and are all warmed up in the oven.

Easy Lasagna Skillet

Easy Skillet Lasagna is a delicious lasagna made in just one skillet with ricotta and mozzarella cheese and fresh basil.

Taco Noodle Skillet

A delicious skillet dinner loaded with taco flavored beef and comforting noodles.

Red and White Pasta

Red and White pasta is a delicious combination of Alfredo and spaghetti sauce with Penne noodles and lots of Mozzarella cheese.

Chicken in Basil Cream Sauce

Chicken smothered in Basil Cream Sauce

Oven-Roasted Chicken and Veggies 

Roasted Chicken and Veggies

BBQ Chicken Bacon Tacos

BBQ Chicken Bacon Tacos are filled with grilled chicken, bacon, cheese and barbecue sauce all inside a flour tortilla.

Turkey Ranch Club Wraps

Turkey Ranch Wraps

Tex-Mex Chicken Chopped Salad

Tex-Mex Chicken Chopped Salad

P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps

PF Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps are lettuce wraps full of chicken with savory Asian flavor.

Oven-Baked Honey Lime Chicken Tacos

Honey and Lime Chicken Taco

Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells


Taco Pizza

Taco Pizza

 Szechuan Chicken

Szechuan Chicken pasta is loaded with flavor from the Teriyaki gourmet sauce, grilled chicken and veggies.

Bacon Cheeseburger Wraps

Bacon Cheeseburger Wraps have all the components of a bacon cheeseburger wrapped up in a flour tortilla.

Easy Beef Stroganoff

Easy Beef Stroganoff is filled with ground beef and a mushroom sauce served over egg noodles.

And the best after-school treat ever…

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies are delicious, soft chocolate chip cookies made with vanilla pudding mix.
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