Back to School: Easy Meals for Busy Nights

The “back to school season” is upon us and with it comes the temptation to hit up a drive thru because it’s quicker and easier.

Our family juggles a lot of activities and responsibilities during the school year: both my husband and I work full time, our kids are both in school, and both kids are in competitive dance. We also have one kid who plays sports and then we have church activities too. We have a bad habit of hitting drive thru’s or ordering in because it is convenient. This is certainly not the healthiest choice, and it doesn’t take long to get expensive. This week, I want to share five easy and quick recipes you can make on a school night to avoid the drive thru.

1. Chicken french

Years ago, we had a little Italian restaurant here that made a delicious dish called “chicken French.” The restaurant has since closed, and I experimented until I figured out how to make it. Mine is not as good as theirs was, but it’s at least close. You can make this easily, quickly, and cheaply; and you can cook it in a skillet or air fryer. Find the recipe here.

2. Easy Southwestern Chicken Salad

I’m on a mission to eat more salads these days, and this one is delicious. You can use breaded chicken, or not. You can add Rotel, or not. I love that this salad can be changed up in a number of ways. You can find this recipe here.

3. Scratch made gluten free pizza

My family loves pizza, but I’m gluten free and there is only one pizza place in town that serves up a GF crust. This pizza is fun and easy to make, and you can even get your kids to help. Find the recipe here.

4. Super easy taco soup

It’s still way too hot around here for this one, but we are looking forward to fall when we can cook a delicious pot of taco soup. This is the one dish we make that I have to hide the leftovers so I can take it to work for my lunch. Just follow the recipe and add a dollop of sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt) and some Mexican blend cheese to the top. Find the recipe here.

5. Breakfast for dinner

eggs and bacon for breakfast
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Our family really loves breakfast food, but due to my husband’s work schedule, we don’t often get to eat breakfast together. Cook up some eggs and bacon with some toast or biscuits on the side- it doesn’t cost much and it won’t take long.

What are some of your favorite “go-to meals” that are quick and cheap?

One response to “Back to School: Easy Meals for Busy Nights”

  1. Thank you for sharing your ideas, always good to see what others make and then incorporate it into our own menus. Although we do not have school going kids (we are retired) I always enjoy to see other recipes to use for hubby and me.
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