30 Minute Back to School Meals


More than 25 Back To School meals that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less and are perfect for busy weeknights!  These family-friendly recipes include pasta, soup, tacos and stir fry.  There’s something for everyone here with these 30 Minute Back to School Meals!

25+ Quick & Easy Back to School Meals - more than 30 meals that can be made in less than 30 minutes - perfect for busy school nights!
It’s that time of year again – back to school time!  ‘Tis the season for hectic schedules for your family, lots of running around, and less time for preparing those gourmet meals that I know you all made on the daily all summer long.  Maybe…maybe not?  I think we all have those token meals in our arsenals that we default to when we are short on time and supper time sneaks up on us.  For me, it’s this lazy day Homemade Hamburger Helper or my favorite Breaded Chicken Cutlets.  Quick and easy is the name of the game this time of year, folks.  However, I really love trying out new dinners and I am constantly looking for different recipes to try out to keep things exciting.  If you’re anything like me, you will love having all of these ideas for 30 Minute Back to School Meals rolled into one convenient post.  Enjoy!

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Easy Cheesy Veggie Pasta Bake / One Pot BBQ Chicken & Bacon Pasta

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Skillet Lasagna / Family Favorite Sloppy Joes

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French Bread Pizzas / Spicy Smoked Sausage Alfredo Bake

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Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto / White Chicken Chili

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Easy Chicken Enchilada Bake / Santa Monica Street Tacos

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Fettuccine Alfredo / Beef Burrito Skillet

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Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Roll Ups / Easy Goulash

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Stove Top Pastitsio / Chicken Parmesan Pasta

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15 Minute Chicken Alfredo / Sweet & Spicy Cashew Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

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Chicken Teriyaki with Vegetable Fried Rice / Caprese Balsamic Chicken

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Parmesan Herb Chicken / Creamy Pasta with Bacon and Peas

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Healthy Mini Margherita Pizzas / Creamy Pecorino Spaghetti

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Simple Teriyaki Stir Fry / Skillet Spinach Lasagna

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Orange Chicken / Chicken Pot Pie Crescent Braid

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More than 25 30 Minute Back to School Meals meals that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less and are perfect for busy weeknights! They are all family-friendly recipes.

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21 Responses to “30 Minute Back to School Meals”

  1. August 31, 2015 at 5:07 AM #

    30 minutes is about the time I have had for the past couple of weeks since school started here in GA so these are perfect – I need to start with that stir fry and spinach lasagna! YUM!

  2. August 31, 2015 at 10:12 AM #

    Yes, back to school all too soon! These are great meal ideas!!

  3. August 31, 2015 at 11:25 AM #

    We started school today, WAHHHH! All these recipes look fantastic for busy weeknights!

  4. August 31, 2015 at 12:34 PM #

    What a great roundup! My daughter starts kindergarten next week, so I know my time preparing meals will decrease soon. Love this!

  5. Jen
    August 31, 2015 at 12:35 PM #

    Great recipes. Thank you for having them all in one place for this post!

    • August 31, 2015 at 2:58 PM #

      Jen, you’re very welcome! Thanks for the nice comment!!

  6. August 31, 2015 at 1:10 PM #

    Amazing rundown. Just what I needed right now — a list of quick, easy and gorgeous recipes.

  7. Ginny McMeans
    August 31, 2015 at 2:27 PM #

    AhHa! Now this is what people are needing. Great round-up!

  8. August 31, 2015 at 6:43 PM #

    LOVE this round up! I need these recipes, thanks!

  9. August 31, 2015 at 6:46 PM #

    School starts tomorrow and all of my daughter’s activities next week – I’m not looking for our crazy schedule to start again! But these meals will make things so much easier…thanks for sharing! Great ideas!

  10. August 31, 2015 at 7:57 PM #

    I still can’t believe it’s back to school time! I’m ready for fall but at the same time … just crazy. And what a great round-up! We don’t have kids but I can always use quick meal ideas!

  11. August 31, 2015 at 8:56 PM #

    Oh man, these ideas will definitely come in handy. Just over a week in and I’m already feeling the crunch! So many delicious choices…

  12. September 1, 2015 at 12:57 PM #

    The chicken parmesan pasta! Ooooh! And your homemade Hamburger Helper! And so much more. I want it all! 😀

  13. September 1, 2015 at 2:40 PM #

    I don’t have any kiddo’s running around but these recipes will defiantly come in handy!

  14. September 1, 2015 at 2:59 PM #

    That Skillet Lasagna and those Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Roll Ups are being added to our menu now! I’m also thinking about adding the Chicken Teriyaki with Vegetable Fried Rice!! yum!

  15. September 2, 2015 at 9:46 AM #

    Thanks for collecting all these ideas. Back to school or not I am always looking for ways to cook diner around 30 minutes or less. Really helpful!

  16. September 2, 2015 at 10:11 AM #

    I can use as many 30 minute meals as I can get! There are some great ideas here, but I’m especially eyeing that white chicken chili.

  17. September 2, 2015 at 10:55 AM #

    We are going on week 3 of school! Yikes! Our go to meal is pasta for sure! Love this round up!

  18. September 2, 2015 at 11:01 AM #

    I’m always looking for quick stuff to make for dinner! What a fabulous collection of goodness — thanks so much for this.

  19. September 2, 2015 at 11:02 AM #

    Mmmm, Chicken Alfredo Lasagna! Lots of great ideas going on here for those nights when you are multitasking like crazy…Thanks!

  20. September 4, 2015 at 10:27 PM #

    Those lasagna rollups reminded me how much I adore lasagna noodles! YUM. And I love the spirit of this roundup — 30 minute meals feel like all I have time for these days.

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