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8 Easy Dinners for School Nights

Sometimes I feel like school nights are the bane of my existence. Although my son does sooooo much better when he is on a routine (summer can lead to crankiness), the rush around during the school year can be a real pain. I work full-time so the roughly 4 hours between the end of work and the start of bedtime can feel like I’m trying to cram an entire day into a minute. Anyone else have this problem?

Let’s not even get me started on dinner! My youngest is a bit of a picky eater (I may have mentioned that before), and I hate to cook. Awesome combo, right? Luckily, my husband likes to cook which takes care of my problem, but still leaves the little guy hard to please. ***side note: my “little guy” is almost 12 now, and I need to find a new nickname for him. The other night he had to get something off a shelf for me that I couldn’t reach. I have been slightly sad ever since. The baby of the family had now outgrown his older sister and his mother.***

To make things go a little smoother on those busy school night, I am always on the search for quick and easy dinners that I can get at least 3 out of 4 of us to eat. No easy task! I am sure many of you find yourself in the same boat, so I have collected 8 of those recipes here to share. I’ve even given them each a “will eat” family rating. You’re welcome. 😉

 

School nights can be rough trying to get to all the homework, bathtimes and bedtime routines finished. There is no time to worry about dinner! Try one of these easy school night dinners and everyone is happy!

 

BBQ Chicken Salad 

Salad is one of the few vegetable-heavy meals that everyone will gladly eat. I am not sure why the picky eater is okay with a salad, but I am very glad he is! It is a simple dinner that is full of good veggies, and it can be put together in a flash! Especially if you have chicken leftover from another meal. I leave out the ranch dressing on mine because I don’t like white rotten flavored condiments…but to each their own!  (4 out of 4)

Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

Everyone is happy with macaroni and cheese! Throw in some broccoli florets and you got the veggies covered. Easy, delicious and ready in 15 minutes. Do we have a winner? (4 out of 4)

 

School nights can be rough trying to get to all the homework, bathtimes and bedtime routines finished. There is no time to worry about dinner! Try one of these easy school night dinners and everyone is happy!
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Grilled Veggie Hummus Wraps

On occasion, we like to fire up the grill to change up the dinner routine, and this meal is perfect for it! Vegetables are super quick to grill, and they taste fan-freakin-tastic! I will be honest, we aren’t super strict to the recipe when choosing which veggies to grill but all combinations seem to be equally delicious. This one doesn’t go over too well with the little guy. He usually eats a plate of raw bell peppers (only green) and a little cheese quesadilla, but hey, you can’t win ’em all! (3 out of 4)

Easy Peasy Chicken Pot Pie

If you are familiar with my blog, you may remember this recipe post I did last year. My very simple but no less tasty chicken pot pie recipe. I use rolled pie dough for the crust which greatly cuts down your prep time. Easy Peasy!

Easy Chicken pot pie using on a few simple ingredients. Great for a weeknight meal! #chickenpotpie #quickmeal #weeknightdinner #chicken

 

Soy Honey Butter Salmon

Salmon is a hit with everyone in the family! We have found many different recipes and flavor combinations for grilling or baking it, but this one seems to be at least in the top 3 for everyone. Pair it with some rice and steamed broccoli and you have a healthy meal on the table in 30 minutes! (4 out of 4)

Super Cheesy Sauceless Pizzas

Pizza. I have not met a kid yet that wouldn’t eat pizza. It basically has its own spot on the food pyramid, right? We eat it probably once per week in some form or another, and then all take it for lunch the next day. This recipe? Perfect for dinner and lunch because you can make as much (or as little) as you need, two meals for the price of one. (4 out of 4)

School nights can be rough trying to get to all the homework, bathtimes and bedtime routines finished. There is no time to worry about dinner! Try one of these easy school night dinners and everyone is happy!
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Mediterranean Beef Pitas

I know this one is another hummus meal, but we kinda like the stuff, especially the roasted red pepper! #yumyumyum We tend to switch white or red onions to green ones in basically every recipe, and the little guy just eats steak in pita bread, but it is yummy nonetheless. (4 out of 4)

Chicken and Bean Tacos

Tacos are up there with pizza. It is a meal that is eaten in some form or another at least a couple times per month. Crispy or soft…chicken or beef…we can put away tacos in any way shape or form! (4 out of 4)

School nights can be rough trying to get to all the homework, bathtimes and bedtime routines finished. There is no time to worry about dinner! Try one of these easy school night dinners and everyone is happy!
Photo used with permission. All rights belong to Ruchi’s Kitchen.

 

There you have it! Eight easy recipes that are sure to be a hit with your family, big and small. Make your school night routine just a teensy bit easier 🙂

 

What is your go-to school night meal?

 

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