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7 Easy & Delicious Back to School Dinner Ideas

August 15, 2019

September is a hectic time of year with school and work back in full swing and your list of things to accomplish in a day just gets longer and longer. If you are worried about getting a filling dinner on the table each night for your family? Don’t worry we have got you covered. Here are 7 easy and delicious back to school dinner ideas.

1. Tony Luke’s

While you won’t want to eat cheesesteaks every night, it can be a nice treat during the week for the whole family. At Tony Luke’s, we know how important it is to have a variety of dinner ideas in your arsenal so that is why we offer you plenty of options. You can come in and visit us at one of our convenient locations, order takeout to eat at home or have our frozen Philly cheesesteaks delivered to your home so you can quickly heat up and enjoy at home.

2. Chicken and Rice Casserole

This one pan meal by Dinner At the Zoo is one dinner idea the whole family will love:
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours

  • 6 bone-in skin-on chicken pieces (legs, thighs, drumsticks)
  • 2 cups white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can cream of celery soup
  • 1 can of mushroom soup
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • Cooking spray

For full recipe, click here: https://www.dinneratthezoo.com/chicken-rice-casserole/

3. CrockPot Kid-Friendly Turkey Chili Recipe

This CrockPot turkey chili recipe by skinnytaste.com is perfect for both the finicky kids and adults in your life.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours

  • 1.3 lbs 99% of lean ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced fine
  • 1 ½ cups frozen corn kernels
  • 10 oz. can Rotel Mild Tomatoes
  • 8 oz. small can plain tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon parika
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 bay leaf

For full recipe, click here: https://www.skinnytaste.com/crock-pot-kid-friendly-turkey-chili/

4. Skillet Beef Stroganoff

This Skillet Beef Stroganoff by dinnersdishesanddesserts.com is quick and easy to make.

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2, 8 ounce packages mushrooms (baby bella and button)
  • ¾ cup beef stock
  • 1 package frozen beef ravioli (approx.. 1 pound, 9 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped

For full recipe, click here: https://dinnersdishesanddesserts.com/beef-stroganoff-ravioli-skillet/

5. Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

This Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup by thatskinnychickcanbake.com will warm you up on a chilly fall night.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours

For the Enchilada Sauce:

  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large jalapeno, seeds removed and minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 (15-ounce) can of whole tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups chicken stock

For the Soup:

  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained
  • 2 to 3 pounds bone-in chicken breasts (may quickly brown skin side if desired)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Cayenne pepper, optional

To Garnish:

  • Grated cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Tortilla chips
  • Cilantro

For full recipe, click here: https://www.thatskinnychickcanbake.com/slow-cooker-chicken-enchilada-soup/

6. Cheddar BBQ Meatloaf Muffins

These freezer-friendly Cheddar-BBQ Meatloaf Muffins by the Food Network will quickly become a family favorite. They go great with mashed potatoes and a salad.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

  • 2/3 cup milk
  • ½ cup plain dry breadcrumbs
  • 2 pounds meatloaf mix (ground beef, pork and veal)
  •  1 ¼ cups shredded cheddar cheese (about 5 ounces)
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 small green onions finely chopped (about 1/3 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg

For full recipe, click here: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/cheddar-bbq-meatloaf-muffins-recipe-2108490

7. Quick Pulled Pork Tostadas

This Quick Pulled Pork Tostadas recipe by The Food Network goes great with refried beans, guacamole or even a mango salsa.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 cups (1 pint) refrigerated prepared pico de gallo
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, optional
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 pork tenderloin (about 1 ¼ lbs.) cut into 4 pieces
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 tostada shells, warmed if desired
  • 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese (about 4 ounces)
  • ½ cup Mexican crema, or sour cream
  • 3 small radishes, thinly sliced
  • Lime wedges, for servings

For full recipe, click here: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/quick-pulled-pork-tostadas-recipe-2120059

Take some of the stress out of back to school dinners this year, with these easy and delicious back to school dinner ideas. And for those nights that you just want to order or have something easy to heat up, then give us a call. When you are looking for Philly cheesesteaks near me or cheesesteak delivery, we have what you need.