30+ EASY Dinner Recipes for Your Busiest Days!

These easy dinner recipes are just what you need for busy days, including back to school time! Not only are these recipes fast, they’re also kid-friendly!

EASY dinner recipes for your busy days, including back to school time! Not only are these meals fast, they're also kid-friendly and fairly healthy! | www.kristineskitchenblog.com

A few weeks ago, I started a secret Pinterest board to gather fast and easy dinner recipes that I could make during the first few weeks of school. This time of year is busy for my family because not only are my kids going back to school, I am too since I’m a teacher. This year I’ve moved to a new school and I’m teaching a new grade (2nd), so things are even busier than usual!

After making my back to school dinner recipe list, I knew I needed to share it! I know that many of you are also in the midst of busy days and evenings, and who doesn’t appreciate a meal that can be prepared quickly and easily?

MY TIME-SAVING HEALTHY FAMILY MEAL PLAN
Like most moms, you are probably struggling to find the TIME to put a homemade dinner on the table for your family on busy weeknights. If you already had a plan, a grocery list, easy recipes and prep-ahead tips, you could have a REAL dinner on your table in a flash! I have been meal planning and prepping for years and now I am sharing my plan with YOU. You will save time, save money cooking at home, and eat real food. Learn more about my Time-Saving Healthy Family Meal Plan.

My criteria for the recipes on this list are:

  • fast preparation time (some of the recipes here are slow cooker recipes, but I made sure that the hands-on prep time is short)
  • kid-friendly
  • fairly healthy (we want both the adults and kids to eat dinner and love it, after all)

Many of these recipes can be made in just one pot, so you’ll have less dishes to wash, too. There are also plenty of slow cooker meals here, so you save time during the evening rush.

My biggest tip for getting a healthy home-cooked dinner on the table each night is to meal plan. It takes just minutes and saves so much time in the long run. Grab your calendar (or a notepad and pen), pull up this list of easy dinner recipes, and choose three that you’d like to make during the week ahead. The other nights of the week can be filled in with leftovers, breakfast for dinner, or other favorite easy meals that your family loves. (English muffin pizzas are a favorite with my kids!)

Once you have your meal plan written down, go through each recipe and make a grocery list. We try to grocery shop once a week and buy everything we’ll need. Avoiding extra trips to the store saves us both time and money!

With these recipes, our menu is covered for at least the next month or two!

Be sure to also check out these 23 Healthy 30 Minute Real Food Dinners!

Easy Dinner Recipes for Busy Days:

3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Taco Chicken

An easy recipe for 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Taco Chicken. My family has made this so many times we've lost count! It's a healthy weeknight dinner made simple with the help of your crock pot!

One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole by Jo Cooks

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole by Live Well Bake Often

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Unstuffed Bell Pepper Skillet

This Unstuffed Bell Pepper Skillet is a healthy one pot dinner made with ground turkey and brown rice. This recipe is my kids' favorite!

Slow Cooker Sweet Chili Chicken (3 Ways) by Sweet Peas and Saffron

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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Chili Mac by The Recipe Rebel

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French Bread Pizza by Love Bakes Good Cakes

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Stuffed Pepper Casserole by Yummy Healthy Easy

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Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

This Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken is one of my family's favorite easy dinners! Made in the slow cooker, this chicken is sweet and juicy!

Honey Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Skillet by Flavor the Moments

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Pasta Pizza Casserole by My Kitchen Craze

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Easy Cheesy Beef and Pasta Skillet

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Stovetop Broccoli Chicken Mac ‘n’ Cheese by Whole and Heavenly Oven

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Slow Cooker Turkey Chickpea Chili

Slow Cooker Turkey Chickpea Chili - our favorite healthy chili recipe is packed with protein and so easy to make in your crock pot!

One Pot Vegetarian Chili Mac

One Pot Vegetarian Chili Mac - One of THE easiest meals for busy nights! Everything cooks in one skillet, and the pasta absorbs SO much flavor!

Honey Dijon Roasted Pork Tenderloin by The Seasoned Mom

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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce - Ready in 30 minutes! A healthy dinner the whole family will love!

Easy Skinny Skillet Lasagna by Life Made Sweeter

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BBQ Pulled Chicken Avocado Boats by My Sequined Life

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Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders

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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad by Pumpkin ‘N Spice

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Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna

Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna - 20 minutes of prep and then your crock pot does the rest!

Maple Mustard Glazed Salmon by Tastes Lovely

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Easy Beef and Broccoli by Bake.Eat.Repeat.

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(5 Ingredient) Baked Spinach and Mozzarella Ravioli by With Salt and Wit

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BBQ Chicken Sliders with Cheddar and Spinach

BBQ Chicken Sliders with Cheddar and Spinach. Tangy BBQ sauce, gooey cheddar and chicken make for one tasty little sandwich!

Southwestern Salad by Don’t Waste the Crumbs

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Enchilada Taco Casserole by Chelsea’s Messy Apron

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Slow Cooker Lentil and Brown Rice Tacos by Melanie Makes

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Southwest Turkey, Vegetable and Rice Skillet by Recipe Runner

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Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup by Baked by Rachel

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BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joes

BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joes - quick, easy, packed with sweet-spicy bbq flavor!

Asian Pork Tenderloin with Ginger Glaze (Slow Cooker) by The Food Charlatan

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