12 Easy Weeknight Dinners for Back to School

Cyd Converse

It hardly seems possible, but we blinked and summer vacation is coming to an end for kids all over the country with the rest to follow in the coming weeks.

As a mom I love the free range schedule of the summer months. We're less strict about bedtime and more creative and fun when it comes to meal prep.

With the school year also comes the ramp up of all the things. For us it's dance and gymnastics several nights a week while for others its sports every day.

The more kids you have and the older they get the more this seems to be true. While I love the structure, the school year is also a lot of work for parents.

Thinking ahead to our own busy school year quickly approaching in a few weeks, here are a dozen of our very favorite easy weeknight dinner recipes.

Many of these are one pot meals, Instant pot recipes and slow cooker recipes to help make those chaotic weeknights as easy, breezy as possible. 

1. Pizza Quesadilla Recipe

This easy dinner idea is a crowd pleaser! Turn your favorite pizza into quesadillas for the quickest, easiest dinner you'll make all week. Fill tortillas with pepperoni, sausage, peppers and black olives, or whatever other pizza toppings you love best. The best part is how simple it is to personalize quesadillas for every member of the family. Don't forget the marinara for dipping!

2. Pesto Chicken Pull Apart Sliders Recipe

I rave about this pesto chicken pull apart sliders recipe a lot. Ok, more like all the time, but with good reason! This is one of those simple, delicious recipes that you can make even simpler by grabbing grocery store rotisserie chicken to cut down on the prep time. Stuffed into slider rolls along with cheese and pesto and you've got a certified hit on your hands.

3. Slow Cooker Salisbury Steaks Recipe

Trust me when I say - this is not your high school cafeteria's salisbury steak recipe! This version, made in the slow cooker, is a cinch to prep, but boasts loads of flavor. It's easy to serve with mashed potatoes or egg noodles, the latter of which are particularly quick and easy to prep before dinner is served.

4. Easy Cheeseburger Skillet Recipe

I love any easy weeknight dinner that can be made in one pot and tastes as good as this one! Our easy cheeseburger skillet makes the ultimate dinner. It's loaded with ground beef and orzo pasta then tossed with all the flavors of your favorite cheeseburger from the mustard to the pickles and cheese.

5. Chicken Asparagus Pasta Recipe

If you want an easy weeknight dinner recipe that's particularly impressive, this chicken asparagus pasta recipe answers the call. With a simple, creamy lemon garlic parmesan sauce and crisp, tender asparagus, it’s perfect any night of the week or even for serving at a dinner party, but I love it on weeknights when I'm craving something a touch more elevated.

6. Sheet Pan Sausage Dinner Recipe

Show me a crowd-pleasing sheet pan recipe and I'll show you happy parents the world over. This sheet pan sausage dinner is no exception! Cheesy sausage is baked alongside sweet potatoes, apples and a simple apricot glaze all on a single sheet pan ensuring dinner is served quickly with little clean up required.

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