Back To School Meal Planning: 5 Quick And Easy School Night Dinners Your Family Will Love


If I asked you what question your family asks you the most, it would probably be, “What’s for dinner?” It’s a never-ending daunting task of deciding what to cook every. single. night. During the summer, we get away with pizza nights and the Chick-fil-A drive-thru. However, when back-to-school rolls around we like a little bit more structure. We’re hauling kids to soccer games, dance recitals, etc. so it’s more important than ever to plan ahead for those busy weeknights. Today I’m sharing 5 of our favorite quick and easy school night dinners that you can add to your running list of dinner ideas! I classify these recipes as down and dirty meaning they check ALL the boxes:

✅ Kid-approved

✅ Healthy

✅ Quick & minimal ingredients

✅ Budget-friendly

Why Meal Planning Saves Me Time, Money & Sanity:

Meal planning has been the biggest help with keeping my sanity during our crazy schedule! From running my own business to potty training Finn to Leyton starting kindergarten this year to spending time with Eric, I truly don’t have time to put much thought into dinner each night! I love to have it all planned out for the week so it’s a no-brainer.

If you need help with meal planning, look no further than my Meal Planning For The Busy Mom eBook where I spill ALL my meal planning secrets! I also just launched a Healthy Meal Planning: Kids Edition eBook that is centered around back-to-school!

5 Quick And Easy School Night Dinners:

quick and easy school night dinners

This is my go-to low-carb crockpot recipe with literally only 2 main ingredients! I love recipes that you can throw in the crockpot and kind of “set it and forget it”. This one is perfect for if you’re counting your macros with FASTer Way To Fat Loss, too!

quick and easy school night dinners

This is a great option if you’re hosting because it makes a pretty presentation! The sweet potato chips are a healthier alternative to regular corn chips so you can enjoy these without feeling guilty! Great for tailgating parties coming up… I know I can’t WAIT for football season!

quick and easy school night dinners

A dinner recipe that is easy AND delicious has my name written all over it. This Mexican chicken casserole is so simple and a crowd favorite in our house! Work smarter, not harder!

quick and easy school night dinners

This recipe is Whole30 + Paleo approved, and it’s a great one for counting macros with FASTer Way To Fat Loss! Plus, who doesn’t love a yummy chicken chili on cozy fall nights?!

quick and easy school night dinners

This is one of Eric’s favorite recipes I make, so I made sure to tweak it to be a little lighter (and healthier) if we’re going to eat it so frequently! This recipe has no “cream of” anything so it’s less heavy. That’s a macro-win!

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