10 Dinner Ideas for Back to School

School is almost in session and things are about to get crazy. The long, lazy summer days are over and it’s time to get back to the grind. There will be school drop offs, pick-ups, homework to do, and extra curricular sports. Somewhere in that busy day you have to get dinner ready. The Moms atย  Daily Momtivity,ย  Aileen Cooks, and Champagne and Cheerios are here to help! We’ve combined our favorite meals to give you almost 2 weeks of dinner ideas. Easy and kid friendly meals so you can be prepared for back to school!

Back to School Dinners


Ravioli Bake

Baked Ravioli

This is a good budget friendly meal idea! It is a crowd pleasure too. Pair with a nice green salad and dinner is done!

Pesto Tortellini Soup

Pesto Tortellini Soup | Aileen Cooks

Kid friendly and ready in 20 minutes!

Baked Spaghetti

Baked Spaghetti with Ragu Homestyle Pasta Sauce - Champagne and CheeriosWith only 5 ingredients itโ€™s simple to make but so filling and delicious!

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Sloppy Joe Pockets

Sloppy Joes with out the mess! Learn how to make these convenience ant delicious sloppy joe pockets from scratch. They are freezer friendly, too!

Sloppy Joe’s without all the mess!

Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

dr pepper pulled pork

This is a super easy crock pot meal. If you are not a fan of Dr. Pepper (but you should be!) You can also sub out for Coke instead. It feeds a crowd so think about all the great leftovers you’ll have. Makes a great lunch the next day too.

Meatloaf Muffins with Potato Frosting

Meatloaf Muffins | Aileen Cooks

Fun bite sizes that kids will love!

Honey-Siracha Chicken

back to school dinner 4

A yummy gluten free meal Chinese takeout style dinner!

Frito Pie

Kid friendly dinner idea that everyone is sure to love

This is easy to make ahead and heat up right before dinner time. You can leave off the green onions for kids!

Buttermilk Ranch Chicken Tenders

Buttermilk Ranch Chicken Tenders 1

Easy to make and make great leftovers.

Teriyaki Chicken and Veggies

Teriyaki Chicken

A healthier stir fry that kids will love!

10 Back to School Dinner Ideas for your meal planning

We hope this helps with your meal planning. Happy Back to School time!

August 15, 2016
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  • Reply Lauren

    Ohh I love the idea of sloppy joe pockets! I haven’t had one in years! Great list!

    August 15, 2016 at 10:01 am
    • Reply Shannon

      Yes! A kid favorite for sure!

      August 15, 2016 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply Elaine Matthews

    Great post!! It is that time again and simplicity is a key!!

    August 15, 2016 at 4:16 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    Awesome recommendations! I’m always looking for quick, easy recipes!

    August 15, 2016 at 5:36 pm
    • Reply Shannon

      I hope you find something that works for you!

      August 15, 2016 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply Nicole Banuelos

    All great ideas, thanks for sharing! I’m always on the look out for something new and easy!

    August 16, 2016 at 1:08 pm
    • Reply Shannon

      Me too! I hope you find something that works great for your family too!

      August 17, 2016 at 9:14 am
  • Reply Kayla

    With two teachers in one house, these kinds of recipes help ensure that fast food doesn’t become a go-to during a long week. Thanks for the new ideas; I look forward to trying the sloppy joe pockets, especially! ๐Ÿ™‚

    August 16, 2016 at 1:26 pm
    • Reply Shannon

      Very true! I love your blog! I can’t wait to read more about your adventures!

      August 17, 2016 at 9:14 am
  • Reply Dr. Daisy

    Great ideas!! I love the sloppy joe pockets and the meatloaf muffins..perfect for little hands ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

    August 16, 2016 at 2:43 pm
    • Reply Shannon

      Yes! Super easy and fun for kids is what we like too!

      August 17, 2016 at 9:13 am
  • Reply Bre | Maintaining Me

    These are great ideas! There are several I need to try!

    August 16, 2016 at 8:31 pm
    • Reply Shannon

      Great! hope you find something you like!

      August 17, 2016 at 9:13 am
  • Reply Maggie Unzueta

    Thanks for these great dinner ideas. Can’t believe school is starting.. ๐Ÿ™

    August 17, 2016 at 1:38 pm
    • Reply Shannon

      I really can’t believe it either! It always goes by too fast!

      August 17, 2016 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply Julie

    Love these dinner ideas and how yummy they all looks. Many of these definitely look like a family favorite that can be in the permanent rotation hehe.

    August 18, 2016 at 1:38 pm
    • Reply Shannon

      Great! Hope you find something you like too!

      August 19, 2016 at 5:06 pm
  • Reply Claire

    Although I have preschoolers, I have found myself in a real dinnertime slump recently. Never quite knowing what to make. This list is really useful, thank you! #SmallVictoriesSundaylinkup

    August 21, 2016 at 6:42 am
  • Reply Danita Carr

    Yum! All of these recipes looks delicious and easy! Score! Thanks for sharing your ideas and quick meals! #SmallVictories linkup!

    August 25, 2016 at 4:52 pm
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