With back to school upon us, dinner time is one of the major challenges moms face. Getting a nutritious dinner that everyone likes on the table at a reasonable time and still shuttling kids to and from after school activities can be a tricky, if not daunting, task. These make ahead back to school dinner ideas are a great way to ease back into the routine.
I find that casserole dinners work great on these busy nights. Casseroles can be made ahead of time, reheated later, and kept warm for late arrivals. Kind of solves all of the problems right? Now we just need casserole recipes with delicious flavor that even the kids will devour. I’m here for ya! Check out these go-to weeknight casserole recipes that will keep all the bellies full and get dinner on the table easily.
Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole
This simple Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole is a great weeknight dinner. With shredded chicken, rice and veggies all in one dish, blended together with a garlicy cheese sauce – this dinner is sure to be a family favorite.
Just 20 minutes of prep for a delicious Italian dinner with the veggies and meat mixed right in. A single serving dish dinner that is nutritious comfort food at its best.
Turkey Taco Bake
This taco bake is flavorful and easy to make – a perfect combination for a busy weeknight dinner. The best part? It has all of the things that kids love about tacos but none of the mess of a taco falling apart in their hands.
Decadently smooth and rich but not the least bit heavy, this Brandy Cream Sauce Pasta hits all of the right comfort food cravings. Baked with crumbled sweet sausage, caramelized roasted garlic and mushrooms cooked down in butter… and the best part? It can be made in just 30 minutes. This pasta bake dinner is perfect for easy weeknight cooking.
A unique twist on the classic cheeseburger, which is such a fun and interesting way to switch up your dinnertime routine. Customize this recipe by switching up the type of ground meat or adding your families favorite veggies or burger toppings.
A fast, hearty, one dish dinner that is surprisingly delicious. The sweetness of the sausage and the brown sugar combined with the crunchy breadcrumb topping is what this recipe is all about. Adding the beans gives this recipe the extra fullness needed to make it a one dish meal.
Italian Sausage Pasta Bake is a new twist on the classic baked ziti that will please both kids and adults alike. This quick and easy-to-make dish features savory Italian sausage, tender pasta, and a silky tomato sauce, all topped with a generous layer of melted mozzarella cheese. Guaranteed to become a family favorite.
This Chicken Fajita Rice Casserole recipe has all of the same great flavors and ingredients as the traditional dish. The recipe uses a homemade blend of seasonings so you can control the heat, making this dish kid-friendly too. One of the best things about this casserole is that it doesn't need to bake in the oven. That means the time it takes to prepare this dish is way less than a typical casserole – just 30 minutes from start to finish!
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