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Dinner Ideas for the First Week of School for Busy Parents!

Updated: Aug 12

Here you will find 5 easy-to-prepare meals for the first week of school for busy parents who don't have all day to prepare for a meal. These meals are not only easy to make, they are also healthy and delicious. We have also included a shopping list for each meal. Click on each title for the recipe.


We suggest to do your shopping on the weekend for the entire week. Also get the kids involved with setting up the table, or even with cooking and have some fun together!


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.


Creamy Chicken Pesto 30 minutes

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


Steak Fajitas - 25 min

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


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)


Spaghetti with Meat Sauce - 30 min

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

For more back to school tips and ideas, check our back to school page! If you have more easy dinner recipes that you want to share with everyone, please login and leave us a comment!