Easy Back To School Dinner Ideas

Easy Back to School Dinner Ideas on AprilJHarris.com
Before long, the September rush will begin and we’ll be hurtling towards (dare I say it?) Christmas at breakneck speed. With after school clubs, activities and sports starting up, easy back to school dinner ideas are the key to making a full schedule much more manageable and life a lot more fun.

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Even if you don’t have school age children, September signals the start of a busy new season. Work picks up for most everyone and easy meals are more important than ever. No matter how frantic our schedules, my family and I make a real effort to eat together when we are all at home. It’s a chance to reconnect and recharge. And while I love to cook, when it comes to weeknight dinners for the family, I’m all about quick and easy.

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My easy back to school dinner ideas will fit in any menu plan and there’s something for just about everyone.

Easy Lemon and Herb Chicken Marinade on AprilJHarris.com
My Easy Lemon and Herb Chicken Marinade lets you cook up a batch of moist and delicious chicken breasts early in the week to serve both hot and cold. I serve the chicken hot the first night with potatoes or rice and some veggies. Then I keep the leftovers in the fridge for easy pasta dishes like my Chicken Stroganoff Pasta Bake and salads such as my tasty Coronation Chicken. The latter is perfect for lunch boxes.

Sausage and Leek Quiche on AprilJHarris.com
Quiche is delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner. On busy weeknights I serve slices of my Sausage and Leek Quiche with baked potatoes and salad or coleslaw for a hearty meal that is seriously easy on the cook.

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Salmon and Broccoli Stir Fry on AprilJHarris.com
My Salmon and Broccoli Stir Fry is a tasty, nutrient dense meal in a bowl that only takes around half an hour to prepare. Serve it with chopsticks to make dinnertime more fun!

Spicy Sausage Pasta on AprilJHarris.com
This hearty Spicy Sausage Pasta is a full of flavour family favourite that lets you adjust the spice factor to suit your family’s tastes. It works well with veggie sausages too!

Moroccan Shrimp and Couscous on AprilJHarris.com
This low effort, high flavour Moroccan Shrimp and Couscous is a nutritious dish that looks really impressive. Easily doubled, it’s a great recipe for last minute weeknight dinner guests too.

Chicken Pot Pie with Jus-Rol on AprilJHarris.com
Store bought ready-made pastry make this Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pie one of my favourite easy back to school dinner ideas. It’s comfort food for both the cook and all the family!

Sausage and Apple One Pot on AprilJHarris.com

My Easy Sausage and Apple One Pot is a recipe I come back to time and time again. It’s wonderful the day you make it but the flavours deepen if you keep it in the fridge for a day or so. I often make a double batch so I can serve some on the day I make it and freeze another batch for later. Great with rice or mashed potatoes, I also like to serve it in those big Yorkshire puddings we can buy in the freezer section of our grocery stores here in the UK.

Easy back to school dinner ideas can make a real difference in the shape of busy September evenings, giving you more time for family, activities and fun!

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Article by April Harris

April has written 1281 great articles for us.

April is a writer, recipe developer, frequent traveller and blogger sharing travel, food, and style. Based in the south of England, April is a British Canadian who is passionate about family, hearth and home, healthy living (with treats!) and the transformative power of travel.

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  1. Great meals, we sure need some help now that summer is almost over!!

  2. Perfect timing for these great back to school food ideas! Thanks for sharing this one!!

  3. Regardless of if it’s back to school or not, I can always use easy meal ideas! Thanks or this! They look great!

  4. All of these are great dinner ideas for families during the hectic school year. Hard to choose a favorite – I love them all!

  5. Wonderful collection, looks fantastic!

  6. Loving these meal ideas, perfect for back to school. That will be us next week, so it’s good to have a game plan 😉

  7. April there are some really wonderful ideas here! Great collection!

  8. Mmmm.. I love all these! Such a wonderful round up!

  9. Thanks for sharing this yummy group of recipes, April!

  10. Great Ideas! I know my boys would love these. Thanks for posting. Found you on Friendship Friday, hope you hop by my blog as well. 🙂

  11. Some great ideas here! I’m always grateful for new recipes to expand my repertoire, especially as I am without a working hob currently!

    • I’m so glad you like them, Vicky! It can definitely be challenging without a hob – I hope yours is repaired soon! The Chicken recipe would definitely be a good one until it is, and so would the quiche 🙂

  12. I will definitely be passing on your fantastic collection to my daughter as well as my clients with families. So many yummy recipes to try! Thank you April!

  13. Hi April,
    What a great collection of Back To School Dinner Ideas. It seems like no time when we were talking about summer fun and now its time for school again. Hope you are having a great Labor Day weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    • Hi Miz Helen, I’m so glad you like them! I agree, the time really has flown by. I had a lovely weekend, thank you, although our long weekend was the weekend before and is called August Bank Holiday. I really miss the Labor Day holiday – we don’t have it here in the UK. It always seemed like such a great way to start off the fall! I hope your weekend was wonderful.

  14. My favorite of your features is the Quiche, I love a crust!!
    I love your post and have featured it on Friday Features and would love to have you stop by and share even more link! Friday Feature-Linky-Party

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  15. Yes! I need some back to school meal ideas!

  16. What a great collection of Back to School Meals! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Hello April, I love all of your back to school dinner ideas and recipes. Thanks for sharing them at C&C with J&J.
    Enjoy the week.

  18. So many wonderful and simple meal ideas. I just made a turkey pot pie this weekend and we have a quiche in the freezer (I typically make two at a time so we can eat one fresh and freeze the other for another night). I find casseroles, make ahead meals, and my crock pot to be the best ways to get easy and delicious meals on the table when we’re busy. Pinned.

  19. Thanks April for sharing these delicious and nutritious recipes at #overthemoon. It is always so hard to think of dinner when we are busy working mums. You have made it easy and I have selected your post to Feature at #overthemoon for this week.


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