Easy Weekly Dinner Menu #81: Back to School Dinner Ideas

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June 3, 2016
Andi Gleeson

This week’s menu focuses on easy back to school dinner ideas like Chicken Tostadas, Slow Cooker BBQ Pizza, Gnocchi in Tomato Cream Sauce, and lots more!

This week's menu focuses on easy back to school dinner ideas like Chicken Tostadas, Slow Cooker BBQ Pizza, Gnocchi in Tomato Cream Sauce, and lots more!

People, there is one more week of summer break in these parts. In my world, that is exciting news, and I’m sorry if that makes me a bad person. I see other moms lamenting the end of having their kids home every day, and I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. Last night I had to go to a PTA board meeting, and the hostess’s kids were still awake during the meeting. They were silent. I’m talking about two children, around 7 and 10 years old, and not a peep was heard. There was no yelling, arguing, crying, running, stomping, banging, crashing, and all the other sounds that mean awake children at our house. It was completely perplexing to me.

Do I need to tell you that those two children are girls? I don’t mean to stereotype because I know there are quiet boys and wild girls (I was one of them, which is probably why I’m getting payback now). I have to say though that most young girls I see are much more quiet and calm than the madmen energetic boys in our family. All this is to say that I think we are all happier when my kids are busy and engaged at school while I get some quiet time to work. It’s good for us to have time apart so we can be happy to see each other in the afternoon.

Back to school usually means busier evenings when homework, soccer practice, music lessons, and other activities start up again. To help you get dinner on the table during those days, I’ve got some great weeknight recipes in this week’s easy weekly dinner menu. These are all either super quick to make or need very little prep before letting them cook while you do other things. I hope this helps your dinnertime run smoothly!

  1. Slow Cooker Pork BBQ PizzaSlow Cooker Pork BBQ Pizza - wearychef.com
  2. Salmon SandwichesSalmon Sandwich with Spicy Dill Yogurt Sauce - A 20-minute meal just right for busy nights! - wearychef.com
  3. Vegetable Beef Chili PotatoesBaked potatoes are mashed with sour cream, smothered in a chunky vegetable beef chili, and topped with a little melted cheddar. This is comfort food at its healthiest! - wearychef.com
  4. Easy Chicken TostadasChicken Tostadas: An easy, fun dinner idea! #mexicanfood
  5. Quick Gnocchi in Tomato Cream SauceQuick Gnocchi in Easy Tomato Cream Sauce featuring Rondelé Cheese #sponsored
  6. Sausage Rolls with ArugulaSausage Rolls with Arugula
  7. Pizza SlidersPizza Sliders - A fun dinner or perfect party food!

Here are some breakfast and lunchbox back to school ideas too! Have fun!

Pumpkin Muffins with Caramel Glaze - Get an easy breakfast recipe and find out what FODMAP foods are and why they matter if you have gluten intolerance! - wearychef.com

Easy and Fun Lunchbox Ideas with Deli Meat and Sliced Cheese - Get out of the sandwich rut!

Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.

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