My September Survival Plan involves school supply lists, a fresh planner, and a collection of recipes that are fast, easy, and delicious. With my oldest headed to kindergarten and a little one hitting full-time preschool, I know everyone is going to be exhausted and hungry when we get home every weeknight from Monday to Friday. I also know that a home-cooked meal that I can pull off in about 35 minutes is the quickest way to revive the brood and get them back into our school-night routine. These recipes are some of our family favorites (hello, 10-minute tacos) and some that I'm hoping will become new regulars at our table.
I'm big fan of something comforting for Monday dinners — heavy on the carbs, but also light on the meat. This helps our grocery budget tremendously.
- Mozzacado Sandwich
- Summer Vegetables Sub Sandwich with Garlic Cream Cheese
- Stovetop Pesto Macaroni and Cheese
Because Tacos are fast, flavorful, and fun. Those 10-minute back bean tacos are one of our family's favorite.
- Tex-Mex Quinoa Salad
- 10-Minute Black Bean Tacos
- Fish Tacos with Quick Cabbage Slaw
- Loaded Black Bean Nachos
Climbing that mid-week hump should be worthy of celebrating with dinner — something a little fancier, but still easy.
- Cold Sesame Chicken and Noodle Salad
- Sirloin Steak Sandwiches
- Naan Wraps with Homemade Cucumber Raita
Breakfast for Dinner
Bacon and eggs, waffles, pancakes — any of these are easy to pull off in the middle of the week, but so is a simple chickpea scramble, a frittata, and a from-scratch microwave dinner that can save you after soccer practice.
Pizza Friday, FTW.
We always celebrate the end of the week with pizza. Sometimes its totally takeout, but if you buy pre-made pizza dough, you can have a fresh pie (and all the fun of making it) in about 40 minutes.