Back to School Dinner Ideas

Rule #266: Back to School Dinner Ideas should be simple, easy, and most importantly, delicious.

These Back to Dinner Ideas are meant to make busy weeknights a little easier for you and your family! We all know how hectic the school year can be, so I hope this little round-up takes something off your plate (or rather… puts something on your plate). On most every recipe’s page, I provide some side dish ideas to accompany your main dish.

Air Fryer Back to School Dinner Ideas

I love our air fryer, so we like to put it to good use as often as possible. It’s easy to clean and lowers on the heat in the kitchen on those toasty evenings.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs ground chicken recipe
Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Meatballs couldn't be easier to make or more delicious! The delicious seasonings paired with buffalo sauce make for a zesty dinner that's ready in no time.
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Easy Air Fryer Salmon
Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon
This Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon is such a simple recipe. Just marinate the salmon for an hour, then bake in the air fryer for about 10 minutes!
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Pizza Meatballs
These Pizza Meatballs can be cooked either in the air fryer or the oven, and they're full of everyone's favorite pizza flavors!
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Oven Back to School Dinner Ideas

When you do feel like using the ole oven, these dinner ideas will have those tummies full and happy in no time!

Asian Chicken Meatballs
Asian Chicken Meatballs
These simple Asian Chicken Meatballs are perfect for a busy weeknight where you're wanting something healthy and delicious on the table with minimal effort and cleanup!
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Chicken Tamale Casserole
Chicken Tamale Casserole
Chicken Tamale Casserole is an easy dinner for busy weeknights that's full of sweet and savory flavor that everyone in the family will love! It's also light on the calories, making it a healthy dinner option.
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Cheeseburger Quiche easy recipe
Cheeseburger Quiche
Cheeseburger Quiche is a savory, delicious spin on a traditional quiche mixed with the flavors of a good old fashioned cheeseburger. By using a store bought pie crust, you save yourself some precious time, too!
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Cauliflower Parmesan low carb
Cauliflower Parmesan
Cauliflower Parmesan is the vegetarian version of Chicken Parmesan. What it lacks in meat, it makes up for in flavor!
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Garlic-Parmesan-Roasted-Shrimp
Garlic Parmesan Roasted Shrimp
Garlic Parmesan Roasted Shrimp: An easy recipe that's delicious and light! Marinate the shrimp in a simple marinade for 1-3 hours, then roast the shrimp for 8-10 minutes! That's it! Perfect for a busy weeknight.
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Greek Meatballs
Greek Meatballs
Greek Meatballs are a simple dinner recipe that's full of flavor and easy to form together and bake for just 18 minutes!
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egg roll in a bowl with chicken recipe
Egg Roll in a Bowl with Chicken
Egg Roll in a Bowl with Chicken is an easy dinner recipe that's healthy and on the table in just minutes! It's also Keto friendly.
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Taco Casserole
This low carb Taco Casserole is a spin on the Weight Watchers recipe from years ago! It's so easy and delicious, and it's grain free and low carb!
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Jalapeno Popper Chicken
This Jalapeno Popper Chicken is perfect for a busy weeknight when you want a healthy, light dinner with just a few ingredients! It's low carb and Keto friendly, too. Plus, it's garnished with bacon!
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Turkey Stuffed Peppers recipe
Turkey Stuffed Peppers
Turkey Stuffed Peppers: a healthy delicious dinner recipe that's easy to make. They're low calorie, low carb, and the leftovers freeze well!
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Stovetop Dinner Ideas

These stovetop dinner ideas are also easy to whip up and involve very little clean up.

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Vodka Pasta
This Vodka Pasta (traditionally Pasta alla Vodka) is so simple and delicious. You probably have all of these ingredients at your house already! Get ready for a delicious pasta dinner! 
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Lemony Boiled Shrimp with Homemade Honey Mustard
This Lemony Boiled Shrimp with Homemade Honey Mustard dipping sauce comes together in just minutes. All you need is some lemons, Creole seasoning, and shrimp! This meal comes together in under 10 minutes, too.
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Slow Cooker Dinner Ideas

How could I compile a list of dinner ideas and not include slow cooker recipes?

Slow Cooker Cauliflower Soup is an easy and delicious recipe that's Keto friendly and low carb! Just dump and go! Slow Cooker Recipes | Slow Cooker Recipes Healthy | Slow Cooker Recipes Easy | Freezer Friendly Recipes | Keto Recipes | Keto | Low Carb | Low Carb Recipes | Easy Healthy Lunch Ideas | Lunch Ideas Easy | Lunch Ideas Healthy | Crock Pot Recipes | Crock Pot Recipes Healthy | Crock Pot Recipes Easy | Healthy Soup Recipes | Easy Recipes | Easy Recipes Healthy
Slow Cooker Cheesy Cauliflower Soup
This Slow Cooker Cheesy Cauliflower Soup Wonder is the stuff of dreams! Not only does it have bacon AND cheddar, but it's made of mostly cauliflower! It's low carb, Keto friendly, allergy friendly, and it tastes like Grandma's potato soup!
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Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetable Soup
Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetable Soup
This Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetable Soup is the perfect easy dinner recipe that's comforting, delicious, and healthy. Each serving comes in at only 200 calories!
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Best Easy Pot Roast
Best Slow Cooker Pot Roast
This is the Best Slow Cooker Pot Roast recipe there is folks! It's a tried and true dinner for those busy weeknights when you want some comfort food.
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Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken Soup
Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken Soup
This Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken Soup is an easy dump-and-go dinner recipe that is made perfect by the toppings you choose to put on it!
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Savory Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin Easy Recipe
Savory Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin
Dinner is so easy and delicious with this Savory Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin on the menu! It's a dump and go recipe that's always a hit!
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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
This Slow Cooker Pulled Pork couldn't be any easier or delicious! Just rub the seasoning all over, place it on top of onions and garlic, drizzle in some beef stock, and cook for about 12 hours. It's the perfect Texas barbecue staple that's great for a crowd! 
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I hope this recipe roundup has helped you get ready for the school year ahead! Dinner shouldn’t be a source of stress for anyone. It should be the time of day we’re all able to come together and unwind!

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