These easy healthy dinner recipes for the back-to-school season are absolutely delicious and ready for quick weeknight dinners. Whether you are gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, or just living a healthy lifestyle, you and your family will love these recipes!
I hate to be the one to break it to you but summer is on its way out the door. Some of you may still be in denial and some of you join me in welcoming fall back with big open arms and a nice chunky cardigan.
Alright, it isn’t quite fall yet and it is way too hot for a cardigan but kids are back (or on their way) to school, our summer vacations are over, and things are getting back to normal. For most of us (kids or no kids), our schedules get a lot more packed with meetings, activities, social engagements, and then back-to-school responsibilities to top it all off.
What the constant in every season is: we are always hungry. Some of us get hangry. As I learned this summer a few times, if I didn’t feed my 8-year-old niece in a reasonable time frame, my cute, sweet niece turns into a hangry little dictator. So, in the name of saving you from hangry kids, spouses, or selves this fall, we put together an utterly delicious roundup of easy healthy dinner recipes for the back-to-school season.
Even though we are all busy, we still want to eat healthy and delicious dinners. The catch is that they must be easy and fairly quick for most weeknights. Our list features a little bit of everything to fold into your menu planning and normal go-to dinner recipes. All of these recipes take 30-45 minutes (or less) unless they are made in a crockpot. We’ve also found recipes for a variety of healthy diets, including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and paleo lifestyles.
These recipes are perfect for any busy schedule and will keep us all on track….until Christmas cookie time. Then, just put on the chunky sweater.
Easy Healthy Dinner Recipes for Back to School Season
These sweet and sticky Paleo Honey Garlic Chicken Fingers are as good as they get. They're coated in a delicious almond flour crust then dunked in a honey garlic sauce. They're a quick and easy, healthy dinner recipe your whole family will LOVE!
These vegetarian skillet enchiladas are loaded with fresh veggies, crispy tortillas strips, and melty cheese. It's an easy and healthier weeknight meal that everyone will love, and it's ready in under an hour!
Here's a simple recipe for naan pizza that's delicious and quicker than takeout. We use naan bread as the base, then top it with a rich tomato sauce, melty cheese, and our favorite toppings for an easy family-friendly dinner that's ready in just 15 minutes.
These turkey sloppy joes are a lightened up version of the classic family favorite! Ground turkey is simmered in a zesty homemade sauce and served on a toasted bun with shredded cheese. It's an easy 35-minute meal that everyone will love!
This easy to make Creamy Coconut Lentil Curry is a healthy vegan recipe that makes a perfect Meatless Monday dinner recipe. It takes less than an hour (mostly hands-off time) to make and is packed full of delicious Indian flavors. Make extras and you'll have a giant smile on your face at lunch the next day.If you love this Creamy Coconut Lentil Curry as much as we do, make sure to give it a 5-star review in the comments below!
Baked fish and chips is a quick and delicious spin on a classic meal that everyone loves, and it's healthier, too! Thick potato wedges are baked until golden and served with crispy panko-crusted white fish, tartar sauce, and lemon wedges. It's easy to make, and it's ready in just over an hour!
These Italian dressing pork chops are loaded with Italian flavor and double-baked with a crispy panko breadcrumb and parmesan cheese topping. Using just 5 ingredients, they can be ready in under 30 minutes for a quick and easy dinner the whole family will love!
These are the absolute best shrimp tacos ever. They're piled high with tender, flavorful shrimp and a simply delicious taco slaw then drizzled with cilantro lime pickled jalapeño taco sauce and finished with all the tasty toppings.
If you're in need of a satisfying and easy weeknight meal, look no further than this pork chop stir-fry to help you power through your week. It's packed with fresh vegetables, protein, and chewy noodles then smothered in a sweet and savory sauce. It's totally customizable with ingredients you have on hand, it's ready in under 30 minutes, and leftovers make a packable nutritious lunch.
This flaky lemon pepper fish is packed with flavor, simple to prepare, and tastes delicious year-round. Try it using our homemade lemon pepper seasoning or use your own for a zesty citrus kick. Paired with some simple roasted vegetables or a salad, it makes the perfect healthy weeknight meal that's ready in just 20 minutes!
This tomato bacon soup is a simple recipe that you can whip up in less than 30 minutes. It's made with kitchen staple ingredients so you can create a delicious lunch or dinner whenever the tomato soup mood strikes!
Greek shrimp is an easy and healthy recipe made with tender shrimp cooked in a garlicky cherry tomato sauce with feta cheese. This Mediterranean meal is ready in under 30 minutes making it the perfect weeknight dinner!
Back to School is my favorite time as a parent. More time to cook during the day as the kids are at school.
Absolutely! I’ve got several years before my little one is in school, but I can imagine that I will love the extra cooking time, too. 🙂