When flipping my calendar to August, a mixture of back-to-school emotions bubbled up … anxiety, excitement, sadness, shock. It’s hard to believe summer is winding down and the school year is set to begin. As my kids age, summer seems to pass by so much faster. Between lazy days at the pool, trips the zoo, vacation and a myriad of fun summer-only-comes-once-a-year activities, it’s been a blast.
However, I do love the back-to-school season. Buying school supplies takes me right back to when I was a kid. There’s something about all the newness that makes me hopeful for a fun and exciting school year. I also reflect on the things I’d like to change or implement with my children for the upcoming school year. From requiring everyone to make their own lunches to negotiating homework schedules and sports practices, I try to concentrate on one or two areas needing attention.
This year, I’m focusing on meal planning during the week. With our weeknight schedule, meal planning can be a bit tricky. So, I’ve collected the following recipes from my blog and other food bloggers to build a collection of fantastic go-to weeknight recipes. I hope you’re as inspired as I am to try each and every one of them! Happy cooking!
Grilled chicken topped with a mixture of tomatoes, basil, garlic and olive oil from Dishing Up Dinner … it doesn’t get much easier than that. Prep the topping ahead of time or while the chicken is on the grill. Serve with a side salad for a delicious and healthy meal.
Can’t wait to try these beef fajitas from TheFitBlog. Ready in 15 minutes? That’s faster than carryout!
I’m obsessed with meals requiring just one pot. As much as I enjoy cooking, an easy cleanup is always refreshing. I’m looking forward to trying this chicken dish from the Kitchen Sanctuary – loving the amazing flavor combinations!
One of my favorite things about back-to-school is hauling out my soup recipes. I tend to neglect them over the summer, and it’s always a welcome change to add them back into my rotation of meals. This chicken tortilla soup recipe from The Organic Kitchen is a winner. I especially like how basic pantry staples are used to create something special.
For my birthday last month, my sister bought me a new, extra large sheet pan. I love it. It’s sturdy and big enough to make dinners like this one from Strawberry Blonde Kitchen. There’s nothing like comfort food after a hard day of school and work.
My son is a bacon fanatic, so when I saw this recipe from Meyer Food Blog, I knew I had to include it in this collection. After all, bacon really does make everything better. And bacon in a quesadilla? Fantastic!
I’m really excited to try this recipe from Innocent Delight. It has a wonderful combination of meat, cheese and vegetables with a tasty dressing that’s sure to please the entire family. And I bet the leftovers (if there are any!) are incredible!
Salmon is one of our favorites around here and I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it. I especially like the Asian influence used by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen in this teriyaki glazed salmon recipe. Can’t wait to try this one out!
I love burrito bowls. When I’m super-pressed for time, I make these Easy Chicken Burrito Bowls from Dishing Up Dinner. They’re so easy to throw together, and I like how they can be customized for picky eaters.
When I came across this recipe from Erica Julson, I was excited to read more. I’m always looking for ways to include more vegetables in our family meals. This recipe does just that … and it’s fun, too!
Two of my favorite things fused together … beef barbecue and my slow cooker. On busy back-to-school weeknights, it’s wonderful to come home to dinner cooking in the slow cooker. This recipe from The Seasoned Mom looks perfect!
I’ve been obsessed with quinoa for awhile now. It’s so delicious and pairs well with just about everything, including salads, beef, chicken … and these black bean tacos. This recipe from Raia’s Recipes not only is delicious but super-healthy.
I couldn’t put a recipe collection of back-to-school meals together without at least one mac and cheese recipe! And this one from Buy This Cook That does not disappoint. I love the creamy sauce and the addition of the broccoli … delish!
I was intrigued when I saw this chili recipe from My Wife Can Cook. I struggle with finding recipes using butternut squash beyond soup or roasted in the oven. I’m excited to incorporate this healthy and colorful vegetable into my diet more often!
Pizza is our go-to meal for busy weeknights, especially during the back-to-school season. However, with this recipe from Umami Girl, you can skip the takeout and make it at home. This pizza is super-simple, yet combines delicious flavors. I especially like that it’s made with garlic naan bread … so good!