Back to school season is here and the shift in schedules and season can make dinners challenging! I’m sharing a collection of easy dinner recipes specifically designed for busy families. They are quick and easy but still totally nutritious and delicious. From quick chicken dinners to simple seafood meals, you’re covered with a variety of options to suit whatever you might be craving.
1. Breakfast Tacos
You’ll be making this healthy breakfast tacos recipe again and again! They are so EASY and ready in less than 30 minutes! Creamy egg tacos are combined with refried black beans, caramelized onions, and a chipotle sour cream sauce. Top with fresh toppings like avocado and cilantro and breakfast for dinner has never been so good!
2. Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteak
This buffalo chicken cheesesteak recipe is easy to make, delicious, and packed with flavor. With a mouthwatering combination of tender sliced chicken, sautéed peppers and onions, gooey cheese, and spicy buffalo sauce, each bite is SO GOOD!
3. Lemon Ricotta Pasta
When you’re on the lookout for a quick and easy dinner idea (every night around here!), you’ve got to try this delicious and nutritious lemon ricotta pasta recipe! This vegetarian dish is perfect for a satisfying weeknight meal, with its creamy ricotta and bright lemon flavors.
4. Air Fryer Flautas
Want to switch up your taco night? These chipotle chicken air fryer flautas are a fun way to mix it up. These flautas in the air fryer come together with just a few minutes of prep (thanks to cooked chicken!) and are easy to customize for the whole family. Don’t skip the chipotle sour cream, it adds the best smoky flavor.
5. Baked Furikake Salmon
You are going to love this baked furikake salmon recipe! It starts with flaky salmon, a soy mayo mixture which keeps the fish super tender, and then the crunchy panko furikake topping. YUM.
6. Ground Pork Stir Fry
This EASY ground pork stir fry is topped with a savory peanut sauce AND it’s on the dinner table in just 20 minutes. Not only is it delicious, but this healthy pork stir fry has a secret veggie that’s hard to detect AND it’s a one-bowl meal that’s loaded with protein, flavor, veggies, and grains.
7. Cheesy Ground Turkey Taco Skillet
This ground turkey taco skillet has so much going for it! It’s incredibly tasty – we’ve got classic taco flavors, a healthy dose of cheese, and even a few veggies thrown in there, plus it’s ready in just 15 minutes, making this easy taco skillet dinner a great weeknight dinner option.
8. Lemon Pepper Shrimp
This lemon pepper shrimp recipe is sure to become a weeknight dinner fave and there’s a lot to love. It’s full of butter-y, lemon-y, pepper-y flavor (YUM!); it’s ready in about 10 minutes; and it’s made with simple ingredients. Serve over rice with a simple veggie.
9. Penne Pomodoro
This is the best penne pomodoro recipe! This quick and easy dinner is perfect for busy weeknights and it has so much flavor that you won’t believe it’s ready in 30 minutes. This sauce uses high-quality ingredients and lets the classic Italian flavors shine in the best way.
10. Fajita Chicken and Rice Burrito
Need a new weeknight dinner? Meet these quick and easy fajita chicken burritos! We’re wrapping up a delicious combination of a fajita-inspired chicken, cheese, rice, and beans for a yummy and filling burrito that the whole family will love. This healthy chicken burrito recipe also comes together in just 15 minutes, making it perfect for weeknight meals.
11. Chicken Teriyaki
This is the latest meal that my kids request on repeat – teriyaki chicken stir fry is a little sweet, a little savory, and totally delicious. Learn how to make chicken teriyaki and it might just be your new family favorite meal as well! You’ll love that it’s made with simple ingredients and takes less than 15 minutes to pull together.
12. Grilled Chicken Drumsticks
This easy grilled chicken drumsticks recipe (aka grilled drumsticks) takes just 4 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep time! These grilled chicken legs are a favorite all grilling season as they are simple, but FULL of flavor.
13. Udon Stir Fry Noodles
This EASY udon stir fry noodles with vegetables meal is ready in just 30 minutes. It’s light, but satisfying; simple, but flavorful – and just happens to be vegetarian, too! Make this udon noodle stir fry with pantry staples and a few fresh vegetables for a meal that’s nutritious and totally delicious at the same time.