10 Easy Back-to-School Weeknight Dinners ~ I am reposting this one because let’s face it we can all use a little refresher and some quick and easy dinner ideas for the hectic months ahead. I recently appeared with my favorite t.v. gal pal Amanda Tatom on Studio 512 and talked about back-to-school and most importantly –– Broccoli Beef, which you can view below. In the meantime, you can find me doing cartwheels down the block ~ YAY for school!
Hallelujah! The week has come for us and we are officially back in school. We had a g-r-e-a-t summer –– saw a lot of friends, did a little bit of traveling, lots of swimming, and of course copious amounts of summertime eating. I will certainly miss those lazy mornings when the kiddos would occasionally sleep in until 9:30 or 10 a.m. –– dang! However, there is something to be said for having a routine and structure to our days. Having the kids to bed at a decent hour, knowing what the week ahead will look like, and sitting down for dinner together at a set time is a good thing in my book. With these busy, homework-laced evenings comes a greater need to get dinner on the table more efficiently. Here are a few of the things that I like to make during this transitional time to keep things easy and fairly cool during these next few hot months.
This Honey Mustard Broccoli Chicken is a healthy and an E-A-S-Y dish to get on that weeknight table. Just a few simple ingredients packs a lot of flavor.
We are BIG taco fans in this house (have you noticed?) and these Cheddar Scrambles, White Bean, Radish, and Mango Tacos are hearty and quick.
This flavor-packed Maple Thyme Chicken makes for an easy and delicious dinner –– add a side salad, rice, pasta or potatoes and dinner is served.
We eat quiche quite a bit around here. I know what you are thinking quiche? On a school night? Yes, it’s possible. You can make your own crust from scratch or to save some time use your favorite store bought one. Once you mix up the Kale and Three Cheese Quiche filling and pour it in it’s just a matter of letting it bake while the kids have some down time or start their homework.
For Farfalle with Lemon, Kale + Roasted Garlic I use roasted garlic for this family favorite –– which I make ahead of time –– but you could substitute sautéed garlic if you’re short for time.
Serve this flavorful Broccoli Beef straight-up or over rice and you’ve got a tastebud pleaser dinner on the table in less than 25 minutes.
Breakfast for dinner is a great idea in my opinion. This Summer Squash, Leek + Goat Cheese Frittata supports this train of thought –– it’s a delicious combination and again, on the table in under 20 minutes — woot.
Orzo is a great pasta to make on the fly. Once you have the hot water ready it only takes a few minutes until it’s al dente. Make this cool and refreshing Tzatziki Orzo Salad for dinner — have a bit more time? Top it with some grilled chicken or fish.
Who couldn’t use a little tequila on a weekday night –– amiright? Try these Tequila “Carne Asada” Wraps to get you buzzing through the homework duty.
Guess what? Sometimes we have sandwiches for … wait for it … dinner. I mean, it is still 100 degrees outside after all and the thought of putting the hot oven on doesn’t really excite me in July. It’s not a bad thing when you are serving Pimento Cheese Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sammies.
For those of you in school –– yippee! –– I am jumping for joy for you over here. For those of you that still have a few weeks to go –– hang in there. Enjoy the last few weeks of the season and think of me while you are sitting by the pool and I am already buried in school forms and paperwork.