45 Back-To-School & Work Dinner Ideas

45 Back-To-School & Work Dinner Ideas

Hiya! How was your Labor Day weekend? After a college drop-off which included some very interesting furniture arrangements as well as a 1,200 mile driving adventure in under 48 hours followed by two solid days of birthday celebrations, I am mildly exhausted to say the least. Whew! But happy! And ready to dive into a new season of flavors!


But before we start with all the new fall food, I thought it might be helpful to cobble together a list of tried and true dinner favorites from the site that will make the transition back to school and work a little less overwhelming for us all.


Other than the slow cooker recipes which need considerable time to cook (but are super easy to toss together) and a few recipes that require you to marinate something ahead of time, all of these can be made in about 1 hour or less (or are extremely hands-free) which means weeknight dinner ❤️❤️!


There are beef, chicken (quite a few ‘cause we love it around here), pasta and vegetarian options and I have to say that I’m mighty excited to whip up the ones that for no particular reason have gotten neglected over the years. So without further ado, let’s get dinner on the table!


45 Back-To-School & Work Dinner Ideas

1. Skillet Steak Fajitas

2. Easy Mushroom & Steak Stir-Fry

3. Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef

4. Weeknight Spicy Beef & Potato Burritos

5. One-Pot Cheesy Beef & Macaroni

6. Easy Baked Chicken Meatballs

7. One-Pan Spicy Parmesan Chicken

8. Roasted Lemon-Herb Chicken

9. Creamy White Chicken Chili

10. Easy Chicken & Butternut Squash Chili

11. BBQ Pulled Chicken (Slow Cooker)

12. Chicken Fajita Quesadillas

13. One-Pan Roast Chicken with Red Onions, Potatoes & Apples

14. Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas

15. Easy Sautéed Chicken & Mushrooms

16. Cashew Chicken and Veggies

17. One-Pan Parmesan Roast Chicken with Cauliflower, Onion & Potatoes

18. Brown Sugar Chicken

19. One-Pot Chicken and Rice with Peas & Parmesan

20. Easy Chicken Pad Thai

21. Crunchy, Spicy, Oven Baked “Fried” Chicken

22. Weeknight Pan Roasted Chicken & Gravy

23. Buttermilk Baked Chicken

24. Easy Paprika Roast Chicken

25. Crispy Tex-Mex Wraps

26. Amish Chicken

27. Easy Baked Chicken Breasts

28. Stovetop Mac & Cheese, Lightened Up

29. Butternut Squash Sauce

30. Weeknight Ricotta & Spinach Pappardelle

31. One-Pot Linguine Primavera

32. Easy Skillet Lasagne

33. Italian Zucchini Egg Bake

34. Corn & Green Chile Quesadillas

35. Easy Veggie Burritos

36. Weeknight Veggie Fajitas

37. Anytime of the Day Veggie Frittata

38. Spicy Veggie Stew with Baked Tortilla Strips

39. Butternut Squash and Black Bean Chili

40. Roasted Veggie Soft Tacos

41. Weeknight Spicy Sweet Potato Tacos

42. Corn, Scallion & Potato Frittata

43. Spinach Pie

44. Breakfast-For-Dinner Hash with Fried Eggs

45. Easy Pasta Fagioli

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