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7 Easy Back to School Dinners to Get You Through The Week

By Ellie Sher | Aug 20th, 2013

Do you dread the daily question of what’s for dinner? Take dinner off your to-do list this September and simplify your weeknight routine with these stress-free picks – they’re quick, easy, and kid-approved.

1. Angel Hair Pasta with Zucchini and Mint

Going meatless on Mondays? This no-fuss pasta dish comes together with a handful of ingredients and just 5 minutes on the clock.  Simply toss sautéed zucchini, cherry tomatoes, mint, and Parmesan with tender noodles for an easy family style favorite.
Watch how it's made, above!

Get the recipe: Angel Hair Pasta with Zucchini and Mint

2. Pulled Pork Sandwiches

With the help of a handy slow cooker, these ultra tender sandwiches practically make themselves. Prepare the ingredients for the pork in the afternoon, and succulent meat is ready to go by dinnertime. Bonus: freeze any leftovers and defrost at a moment’s notice.

Get the recipe: Pulled Pork Sandwiches

3. Mustard Crusted Halibut

Finally a fish course that’s guaranteed to get your kid’s stamp of approval. Heavily seasoned with mustard and breadcrumbs, this super quick pick is no competition for old school fish sticks. Even better? You’ll have this restaurant-quality dish on the table in 30 minutes or less.

Get the recipe: Mustard Crusted Halibut

4. Parmesan Chicken Cutlets with Arugula

Meet chicken fingers closet relative! Coated in Panko and parmesan, these lightly fried chicken cutlets are the grown-up version of your kid’s usual order. Serve with a simple pasta for the young ones and a citrus arugula salad for the adults.  

Get the recipe: Parmesan Chicken Cutlets with Arugula

5. Pepperoni Pan Pizza

Pass on delivery when a homemade pan pizza can be yours in 3 simple steps. Enlist a few little helpers to help you dress store-bought pizza dough with the toppings of their choice, like fresh veggies and plenty of mozzarella cheese. Bake until crispy and golden brown and pair with a simple salad for good measure.

Get the recipe: Pepperoni Pan Pizza

6. Chicken Vegetable Quesadilla

Need to get dinner on the table stat? A couple of harmless short cuts like store-bought rotisserie chicken and canned beans will be your new best friends. Simply shred the chicken and mix with cheese, beans, and veggies to form the hearty filling of your Latin specialty. Tip: Get the most bang for your buck by using the leftover chicken as tomorrow’s lunch.

Get the recipe: Chicken Vegetable Quesadilla

7. Stove Top Pastitsio

Avoid a mid-week trip to the market because chances are you already have the majority of these ingredients in your arsenal. Make this traditional baked pasta dish on the stove top to save you valuable time (and sanity). No sausage on hand? Simply substitute last night’s leftover chicken or beef as an accompaniment to the tomato-stained noodles.

Get the recipe: Stove Top Pastitsio

Looking for more easy dinner recipes?
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