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5 Favorite Quick and Easy Weeknight Meals

Back to school means back to routine – but also back to crazy schedules! Chaotic afternoons and evenings can leave parents and caregivers scrambling to get food on the table at dinner time. Easy weeknight meals are a must to make family dinners happen.

Here are a few of our favorite quick and easy weeknight meals than make meal prep go smoother so you can focus on your little ones:

Chicken Tortellini Soup

This fabulous all-in-one meal is a great addition to any family menu! The broth and vegetables keep this dish light, while the hearty tortellini keeps tummies full. Add some fruit on the side and you’ve got a meal featuring all 5 food groups!


THE Best Grilled Chicken Marinade

This recipe needs a little prep ahead of time so that the marinade has a little time to work. I like to prep it the night before a busy day. Then all I have to do is fire up the grill and cook the chicken real quick. It makes excellent leftovers – so make extra to save time later too!


THE best grilled chicken marinade

Italian Sausage and Winter Vegetables Sheet Pan Dinner

The BEST part about this dish is very little clean up!! All of the ingredients are thrown on a single sheet pan and into the oven – making clean up a snap. Plus, it is delicious and versatile. Vegetables can be swapped depending on what is in season or what your family likes.


One Pot Hamburger Helper

This easy weeknight meal is a healthier take on the classic boxed Hamburger Helper. It is delicious and comforting – plus prepared in a single pot, saving time during clean up. There are rarely leftovers of this meal in our home!


Slow Cooker Creole Kidney Beans

Not only is this crockpot meal SUPER simple, it is also easy on the budget. One pound of kidney beans is roughly a dollar and can feed a whole crowd! Pair with rice to create a complete protein or add in a little smoked sausage for added flavor and heartiness. You can’t go wrong with this family favorite easy weeknight meal!


We hope you enjoy these easy weeknight meals as much as we do!

Jessica Barnes, PhD, RDN, LD

Dr. Jessica Barnes received her PhD in nutrition from Texas Woman's University. Her research focused on food preference development and creating materials to help preschoolers become familiar with healthy foods. She has worked with families and communities as a clinical and community Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

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