40 Easy Back To School Dinner Ideas

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Get back into back-to-school season without the dinner dilemma! Our list offers 40 easy dinner ideas perfect for hectic evenings, featuring quick 5-ingredient recipes, dump-and-start meals, and air fryer options to simplify dinner.

Includes recipes suitable for gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian diets. Weight Watchers points provided in some recipes.

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Back-to-school time brings the chaos of tighter schedules and back to school dinner ideas don’t need to be added to that stress too.

Endless after-school activities like swimming, dance, and football, not to mention the nightly homework battles with exhausted kids. It’s a lot to juggle, which is why having a go-to list of 40 easy dinner ideas is a absolute must.

Our collection includes quick-fix 5-ingredient recipes, effortless dump-and-start meals, and convenient air fryer creations, all designed to ease your evening routine.

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But what about lunch? We’ll that is also one less worry this school year. I’ve compiled my top 30 back to school kids lunch ideas to keep lunchtime fresh and exciting. And if you love using your trusty Air fryer I have these Air Fryer Back To School Recipes.

So, here’s your ultimate list of ideas for quick, satisfying dinner meals that won’t add to the school time chaos!

Tips For Back To School Dinners

  • Stick to recipes with fewer ingredients to cut down on prep time and less time at the grocery store.
  • Assign themes to each night (Taco Tuesday, Pasta Wednesday) to streamline meal planning.
  • Let your children help with meal prep or choosing dishes. This makes them more likely to eat what’s served.
  • Plan for meals that offer generous leftovers, repurposing them in creative ways for the rest of the weeks dinners.
  • Chop veggies or cook grains in advance, so assembling dinner is quicker.

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40 Back To School Dinner Ideas

Tips For Success

  • Cook once, eat all week: Batch cooking and storing your meals in airtight containers to use throughout the week can help save both time and money.
  • Invest in flavor: keeping your pantry stocked with good quality spices and seasonings makes it easy to add amazing flavor and color to all sorts of recipes.
  • Make your appliances do the work: Use countertop appliances like an air fryer, slow cooker, and Instant Pot to reduce the amount of hands-on cooking time needed.

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40 Easy Back To School Dinner Ideas

Back to school is a hectic time and with little time to shop and meal prep, these easy recipes are great for school night dinners!
Author: Bintu Hardy


  • Choose your favorite recipe.
  • Gather your ingredients.
  • Make your back to school dinner meal!
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