Dinner Plans For the First Week of School For Busy Parents!

Updated: Sep 2, 2019

I have been in school preparation mode this whole week, and I am just trying to make it as easy as possible the first week of school for my kids, for myself, and for the whole family. I've made a list of what to make for dinner, and I would love to share it with you. Since I am a busy mom, I don't have much time to spend in the kitchen, so I only picked recipes that are easy to make and are less than 40 minutes to prepare.


I am also including a shopping list for each meal. I suggest you do your shopping on the weekends for the entire week, and do most of the preparation the night before, so that when you get home from work, you just do the cooking. You should get the kids involve to help with setting the table!



August 19, 2019


Pasta with Broccoli & Peas 35 minutes

Shopping: Farfalle (bow tie) pasta, unsalted butter, Olive Oil, Garlic, Lemons, grated Parmesan, toasted pignoli (pine) nuts (optional), broccoli, peas.

August 20, 2019


Creamy Chicken Pesto 30 minutes

Shopping: Chicken Breast, Pesto Sauce, Butter, Cherry Tomatoes, Basil

August 21, 2019


Steak Fajitas - 25 min

Shopping: Skirt Steak; Bell Peppers,Olive Oil, Lemon or Lime, Fajita Mix, Garlic (optional), tortillas.


August 22, 2019


Chicken Tikka Masala - 30-40 min

Shopping: Boneless Chicken Breasts, Tikka Masala Sauce (Jar), Steamed Basmati Rice (cook in rice cooker or buy ready cooked packages at store)




August 23, 2019


Spaghetti with Meat Sauce - 30 min

Shopping: Ground Beef, Onion, Garlic, Pasta Sauce, Spaghetti, Basil

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