Back to school is always a hectic time and one of the easiest ways to reduce your stress is with meal planning. Before heading out to the store sit down and figure out one week of meals. Figure out which days you will be cooking something and which day will be leftover night. I typically cook two nights in a row and then we have left overnight so the fridge doesn’t get too full.
Here are some super easy meals your whole family will love.
52 Super Simple Meals
Each of these meals are quick to put together and do not take too long to cook. On a day you are totally exhausted simpler is always best.
Taco Soup – one of the easiest things I know how to make and it’s got great flavor!
Cuban Sliders – My kids will eat these all day long. I love them because I make 12 – 24 sandwiches at a time. I have teens so they will eat 3 – 4 at once and then we have some leftover. I prefer this over making everyone individual sandwiches.
Spicy Chicken Spaghetti – Easy to make and just the right amount of spice.
Hot and Tasty Oven-Baked Hawaiian Pizza Sliders – Another fun slider recipe but pizza-themed. Again, kids will eat these all day!
White Chicken Chili – An extremely simple chili recipe.
Easy Corn Chowder Recipe – Super simple, yet so good!
Spanish Chicken Sheet Pan Supper – Sheet pan dishes are always quick and easy.
Tator Tot Casserole – Kids will eat this every single time no matter how many times you’ve made it!
Italian Sloppy Joes, a simple weeknight dinner that the whole family will love!
Pickle Chicken Burgers, quick and easy family-friendly dinner with ground chicken that you can make in no time!
One-Pot Taco Beef and Rice is a taco skillet recipe that’s quick, easy, and delicious will soon become a family favorite taco alternative. With all the flavors of a taco, you can eat this easy taco rice recipe on its own or in taco shells.
One-Pot Chili Mac and Cheese is an easy dinner recipe that combines two all-time comfort food favorites, mac and cheese, and chili. This one-pot recipe is filled with cheesy saucy goodness, and yes, it’s made in just one pot! Kids, and grownups, will love when this tasty chili mac and cheese recipe is on the menu!
Easy chicken stir-fry is just that – EASY! When take out is not an option, you can have stir-fry at home!
Vegan Egg Roll in a Bowl – A delicious and kid-friendly 15-minute meal that is delicious and reheats great. It’s simple and a family favorite that is almost a sure hit!
One-pot vegan mac & cheese that’s gluten-free, grain-free, and nut-free! The perfect quick, healthy, protein-packed dinner recipe, ready in less than 10 minutes, making it one weeknight family favorite where moms and kids approve!
Tahini pasta is quick and easy to make. It has a luscious, creamy sauce with tons of flavor!
Butternut squash risotto uses a quick and easy no-stir method. It’s flavourful, filling, and perfect for fall dinners.
Vegan Chili – Craving a hearty dish? Try this 20-minute easy Vegan chili recipe made with pantry staples you probably already have in your pantry! With a secret ingredient for added body and richness.
Cornbread Sheet Pan Chicken Strips – This recipe for corn-breaded sheet pan chicken strips is easy, crispy, and delicious. That’s why it is perfect for back to school dinner.
Crispy oven-baked Cornflake Chicken Tenders are a perfect healthy, easy family meal. Tenders are coated in sweet cornflakes for extra crunch, enriched with spices and baked to golden perfection.
Cheesy Salsa Burritos – Just a few ingredients like ground beef, a can of cheddar cheese soup, and some salsa… and you have an easy dinner recipe that can be made in a pinch! Serve them in tortillas and top with whatever you have on hand and it’s a winner!
Keto Lasagna – A simple low carb lasagna that the whole family with love. This keto lasagna involves minimal ingredients, takes 30 minutes to make, and is freezer friendly!
Pasta Skillet – When you have a busy day, get a flavorful meal on the table in no time. This pasta skillet comes together quickly, with a few ingredients in little time.
Easy Pesto Pasta – Just 5 ingredients and less than 30 minutes to make this Easy Pesto Pasta. Quick, easy, and satisfying dinner!
Cheesy Shredded Chicken Enchiladas are easy to make and extra cheesy and delicious thanks to a special ingredient: homemade nacho cheese sauce!
Vegetarian Tacos – Delicious vegetarian tacos made with refried beans, tomato salsa, and sour cream. This was one of the best tasting filling combinations and was liked by everyone at home.
Provencal Chicken – Cherry tomatoes, red pepper, zucchini, onions, black olives, and herbs come together to make this easy, fragrant and delicious Provencal Chicken. The perfect dinner for a busy weeknight or a more relaxed weekend meal.
Thai Cashew Chicken – The whole family will love this restaurant-style Thai Cashew Chicken. It’s easy to make and full of flavor. Plus, you can make extra and enjoy leftovers the next day!
Vegan Burrito Bowl Recipe combines seasoned black beans and fajita veggies for a healthy and delicious meal that’s sure to satisfy. You need just 6 ingredients and 20 minutes to put together this oil-free & totally delicious Chipotle-style feast!
Vegan Thai Curry – Rich, creamy, and full of flavor, this Vegan Thai Curry takes just 20 minutes from start to finish and requires only 6 main ingredients! This quick & easy recipe is oil-free and perfect for a busy weeknight.
Simple Salisbury Steak will make for a perfect weeknight recipe idea to serve the family. Add in some mashed potatoes and your favorite veggies for the ultimate comfort food. An easy meal idea that is inexpensive and tasty.
Chicken Pot Pie Casserole – Add this easy Chicken Pot Pie Casserole to your quick weeknight dinner idea list. Pot Pies make for a comforting meal during the fall and winter months. Since this recipe uses store-bought crescent rolls for the crust, it comes together quite easily. You can grill a few chicken breasts or use a store-bought rotisserie chicken too!
Easy Cheesy Baked Ziti with Ground Beef Recipe is perfect to serve for dinner tonight! Add this easy cheesy recipe to your recipe collection. Serve with a side salad, breadsticks, and sweet tea!
Low Carb Pizza Chicken Skillet – Kids will surely love this Pizza Chicken Skillet! Mom would love this more since this yummy recipe is easily done in just 20 minutes from prep time.
Ultimate Vegan Burrito – The perfect meatless meal! Loaded with chipotle black beans, cilantro-lime rice, pico de gallo, avocado, and spicy sauce. They are packed with flavor and will be on your table in no time!
Oven-baked Pretzel Honey Mustard Chicken can be on the table for your family in under an hour, with four simple ingredients and 10 minutes to put it together.
Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Casserole is kid-friendly, filling, and perfect for feeding a crowd. Melty cheese, meaty sauce, and al dente pasta make this a great weeknight meal!
Homemade Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet– One of our go-to dinner recipes when we are in the throes of busy school schedules and extracurricular activities and I haven’t planned ahead is this easy Homemade Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet made with browned ground beef, shredded cheddar cheese, and cavatappi or macaroni noodles. It’s may not be fancy, but it’s always easy, satisfying, and a hit with my family!
Crispy pork gyros are a great option for an easy, weeknight version of your favorite Greek food. They’re made with crispy pork & fresh vegetables, all on a soft, warm pita.
Mascarpone chicken and mushroom recipe that is great for weeknights. Kids love it, especially with pasta.
Chicken divan combines chicken, rice, and broccoli into a one-pot casserole meal that is both delicious and nutritious. Making it in the crockpot makes is super simple!
Steak Salad – This gluten-free steak salad recipe with homemade avocado dressing is an easy weeknight dinner that is both hearty and healthy!
Moussaka recipe is a delicious and comforting recipe that makes for an easy weeknight dinner.
Prawn Pulao – A simple, light, 30-minute super delicious one-pot prawn pulao prepared with basic pantry staples.
Big Mac Salad is a great way to get your Big Mac fix in a healthy way, completely satisfying your craving. It’s an economical and filling meal the whole family will enjoy and it’s Weight Watchers friendly at only 9 WW points on blue!
Quick Crockpot Meals
Crockpot Meals are great because you throw them together in the morning and then when everyone gets home for the day dinner is already ready.
Weight Watchers Chicken and Stuffing Crockpot Recipe – Very few ingredients and low calories.
Slow Cooker Taco Chicken recipe perfect for tacos, burritos, even quesadillas! This healthy Mexican shredded chicken is so easy to throw in the Crock-Pot, it’s gluten-free, paleo, and allergy-free! Grab your favorite taco sauce and relax as your weeknight dinner cooks itself to perfection!
Crockpot ground turkey and butternut squash chili is so easy. It’s a very mild chili and your crockpot does all the work!
Slow Cooker Cuban Sofrito Flank Steak Bowls – Prep dinner in 10 minutes, these easy Slow Cooker Cuban Sofrito Flank Steak Bowls burst with flavor from steak, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and 6 spices.
London Broil Crockpot Recipe is so tender and flavorful! Plus, you end up with along with a delectable built-in gravy that’s great served over rice or noodles or sopped up with some homemade bread!
Easy Instant Pot Meals
Instant Pot Spaghetti Bolognese – Your kids love spaghetti bolognese, but have you ever tried making it in the Instant Pot? In only 30 minutes you gonna get a delicious one-pot meal! Feel free to add celery, carrots or any other healthy stuff.