The kids are hungry, and so are you. They have soccer and ballet and scouts and homework. You have bills to pay, phone calls to make, emails to return and more. And somehow, through it all, you still have to get a decent meal on the table. Before you resort to ordering a pizza, think about this: It's easy to get a hot, home-cooked meal on the table fast once you have a few key recipes in your arsenal.
These back to school dinner recipes include shortcut recipes, slow cooker recipes and more quick-fix tricks to help you get a nice, homemade meal on the table fast.
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A quick dip in a simple marinade makes these boneless chicken breasts more tender and flavorful. You can make this recipe with an outdoor grill or an indoor contact grill, such as a George Foreman grill
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In the time it takes to brown a pound of ground beef, you can have dinner on the table with this easy recipe. I like to serve these sloppy joes on Hawaiian roles (they're sweet and kids love them).
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This recipe does take about 45 minutes to prepare, but the majority of that time (30 minutes) is not active prep work. Once you get everything for this recipe thrown together, just pop it in the oven and let it bake while you tend to other things. Thirty minutes later, you can sit down to a nice family meal
You won't believe how easy this recipe is. And even kids who claim they don't like salad will enjoy this hearty dinner. Feel free to play around with this recipe, adding your favorite taco fixings, like guacamole and sour cream for garnish.
Any kind of fish is a great option for busy weeknights because it doesn't take long to cook at all. This pecan-crusted salmon has "restaurant food" written all over it, but it is actually not only easy to make, it appeals to kids, too. The salmon is brushed with a honey mustard mixture, then topped with crushed pecans before baking. You'll only spend about 10 minutes of your time preparing this dinner. And salmon is full of brain-building omega-3 fatty acids.
A meal you can make in 10 minutes that's kid-friendly and has just five ingredients. That's what these beef quesadillas are. And the kids will love them. If you happen to have leftover roast beef, steak or even beef stew on hand, feel free to use that instead of the deli roast beef for this recipe.
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Using store-bought prepared pesto really does make quick work of this recipe. But if you like the idea of homemade pesto, try my kale pesto recipe
for something super healthy and different.
This recipe takes ten minutes from start to finish. And just because it sounds like junk food doesn't mean it is. Use an all-natural, nitrate-free hot dog for this recipe. Add to it some high-protein, high-fiber beans, and you've got a nice well-rounded meal.
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Is there a kid alive who doesn't love pizza? But just because the kids are used to ordering in from the local pizza joint doesn't mean you can't switch things up now and then. This French bread pizza recipe is ideal for back to school season, because the hard work of making pizza - the crust - is done for you. Just top with prepared barbecue sauce, rotisserie chicken and cheese. Yum!
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Kids love Mexican food, and once you see how easy it is to make these fajitas, they will become a part of your regular dinner repertoire. Feeling festive? Set up a fajita bar with toppings like sour cream, guacamole, shredded cheddar cheese, sliced black olives and chopped tomatoes, and let the kids assemble their own fajitas.