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30 Minute Back-to-School Meals

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It’s that time of year again. Life is busy with carpooling and after school activities. Who doesn’t need some quick, delicious meal ideas?

Along with my blogger friends, I’ve compiled over 25 marvelous 30 Minute Back-to-School Meals that take less than 30 minutes to get on your table!

30 Minute Back-to-School Meals photo collage

30 Minute Back-to-School Meals

From pasta to casseroles, soup, and chicken dishes, you’ll find a tasty array of entrees that can go from stovetop or oven to your plate in a half-hour or less. Scroll through all the tempting photos and I’m certain you’ll find more than one you’ll want to bookmark or pin. Happy cooking!

30 Minute Back-to-School Meals Veggie Pasta Bake in an oval casserole

Easy Cheesy Veggie Pasta Bake

  One Pot BBQ Chicken and Bacon Pasta in a black saute pan

One Pot BBQ Chicken & Bacon Pasta

Skillet lasagna in a black pan  

Skillet Lasagna 

  Sloppy Joes sandwich with fries

Family Favorite Sloppy Joes

Easy Pasta Recipes

Pasta dishes are always family favorites as they’re easy to throw together whether you cook it all in a skillet or bake in a casserole dish. And sloppy joes have been around since before I was born and homemade versions always trump the canned sauce variety. It only takes a couple more minutes to make the filling from scratch.

French Bread Pizza sliced 

French Bread Pizzas 

 Spicy-Smoked-Sausage-Alfredo-Bake in a white casserole dish

Spicy Smoked Sausage Alfredo Bake

Penne with Sun dried Tomato Pesto in a silver serving dish   

Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto 

30 Minute Back-to-School Meals - Over 25 mouthwatering recipes that you can cook up in less than 30 minutes!

White Chicken Chili

Easy Pizza and Soup Back-to-School Meals

Forget delivery and make a French bread pizza at home. No crust to make, no fuss and such a quick and easy meal. And when autumn weather arrives, a bowl of soup or chili will hit the spot!


Easy Chicken Enchilada Bake


Santa Monica Street Tacos


Fettuccine Alfredo


  Beef Burrito Skillet

Easy Tex-Mex and Italian Recipes

Tex-Mex and Italian dishes are lovely family-friendly meals…think tacos, burritos, enchiladas or variations made in the oven or in a skillet. For easy Italian, have you ever made an Alfredo sauce? Rich, delicious and super simple. You’ll get rave reviews when you make these Back-to-School Meals!


Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Roll Ups


Easy Goulash


Stove Top Pastitsio


Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Pasta, pasta, pasta! So many options, you’ll find one that will become a regular on your dinner menu! With chicken or beef, or your favorite protein, some cheese or not and your favorite shaped pasta, shake these recipes up to fit your needs!


15 Minute Chicken Alfredo


Sweet & Spicy Cashew Ginger Chicken Stir Fry


Chicken Teriyaki with Vegetable Fried Rice


Caprese Balsamic Chicken

Boneless, skinless chicken cooks up in no time. Above are 4 completely different recipe options and no one will complain about having chicken again!!



 Creamy Pasta with Bacon and Peas


Healthy Mini Margherita Pizzas


Creamy Pecorino Spaghetti

Teriyaki Stir Fry 

Simple Teriyaki Stir Fry  


Skillet Spinach Lasagna


Orange Chicken


 Chicken Pot Pie Crescent Braid

More chicken, stir fries, pasta and even a braided pot pie! Click on the links below the photos to check out the recipes. What is your go-to easy dinner recipe when the kids are back in school and time is limited???

Don’t forget to Pin this for later!

30 Minute Back-to-School Meals collage for Pinterest

Check back at the end of September for our Halloween Recipe Round Up.

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10 comments on “30 Minute Back-to-School Meals”

  1. fabulous recipes for the family and the kids will love!

  2. Lizzy,
    This is a great collection of recipes. There are so many I’d like to try. I don’t which one to start with.

  3. These are great options for everyone. This time of year signals the onslaught of lots of parties and activities and we can all use some timesavers.

  4. All your photos look wonderful. And what a wonderful resource as September schedules come into play.Thank you for including vegetarian meals…Although your teriyaki does look great!

  5. What a fantastic round up, I am always on the lookout for fast and delicious meal ideas.

  6. Great round up and very much needed, thanks. School has been back in session for 2 weeks and the insanity and complaining my I add is in already in full force… LOL Wishing you a super weekend! Pinned

  7. Wow look at all these back to school meals. Lots of pasta! I guess you’ve got to make them happy and pasta always put a smile on my kids faces.

    It’s funny, now that my kids are out of school and living on their own I’ve totally forgotten about back to school dishes. I’d better get with it and start looking at my calendar.

    By the way your little pup is precious! She’s really grown up. So glad she got her collar off.

  8. I have to bookmark this.. a few of these would be perfect for busy weeknights as it cools off!

  9. What a tempting and delicious ways to get in and out of the kitchen quickly.

  10. Quick, easy and delicious…what a delicious roundup!

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