30 Minute Meals for Back to School Dinners

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With busy schedules and kids running around, quick and easy dinner ideas are a must, so here is a list of 30 minutes meals or less! Perfect for back to school dinners and crazy work nights! 

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DINNER RECIPES READY IN 30 MINUTE OR LESS!!! 

I feel like the time for leisurely cooking an extravagant meal is over for me for awhile. It used to involve a glass of cooking wine, some relaxing music and chit chat with my husband; now it includes a baby wanting a bottle, a toddler yelling “feed me”, and a long to-do list that didn’t get done earlier in the day.

It just doesn’t have the same enjoyment as it used to, so I need a strong list of 30 minute meals!!

All of the dinner ideas here can be ready in 30 minutes or less, making them perfect for back to school nights and the general everyday craziness of our lives. 

Plus there is so much variety! There is everything from pasta recipes, flatbread ideas, stir frys recipes, salads, and everything from chicken to shrimp to beef. There is something for everyone! 

Not included are slow cooker ideas that usually have less than 30 minutes of prep but require more cooking time. So if those work for your schedule, you will definitely want to check out my post full of slow cooker recipes

With busy schedules and kids running around, quick and easy dinner ideas are a must, so here is a list of 30 minutes meals or less! Perfect for back to school dinners and crazy work nights, there is something for everyone from pasta recipes and stir frys to shrimp, chicken and beef! | THE LOVE NERDS #easydinnerideas

30 MINUTE MEALS OR FASTER!

With limited time in our schedules, we all need quick and easy meals that take 30 minutes or less to make!

Everyone will find something they want to make from recipes including chicken, beef, shrimp and more!

15 Minute BBQ Pulled Pork Flatbread Pizza

15 Minute BBQ Pulled Pork Flatbread Pizza

BBQ Pulled Pork Flatbread Pizza is downright addicting! Whether you want to enjoy this recipe for lunch, dinner or with your friends on Game Day, this easy flatbread recipe takes only 15 minutes to cook and always delivers great flavor!

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French Bread Pizza
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French Bread Pizza

Add your favorite toppings to this French Bread Pizza for a quick, easy and fuss-free dinner idea the whole family will love! Have dinner on the table in 20 minutes!

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Beef Burrito Skillet
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Beef Burrito Skillet

Satisfy your burrito cravings with an easy to make Beef Burrito Skillet. Cook it on the grill for a tailgating friendly dish, or on your stove at home!

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Simple Teriyaki Stir Fry
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Simple Teriyaki Stir Fry

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Simple Teriyaki Stir Fry is a quick and easy dinner recipe that the whole family will love. Ready in about 30 minutes which is perfect for those busy nights.

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Spinach Pear Prosciutto Pizza with Honey and Walnuts

Spinach Pear Prosciutto Pizza with Honey and Walnuts

SPINACH PEAR PROSCIUTTO PIZZA WITH HONEY AND WALNUTS MIGHT BE A MOUTHFUL TO DESCRIBE BUT IT’S WORTH IT!

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Easy Healthy Taco Salad Recipe with Ground Beef
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Easy Healthy Taco Salad Recipe with Ground Beef

How to make taco salad in just 20 minutes! This easy taco salad recipe is EASY, with common ingredients. And, the whole family will love healthy taco salad with ground beef.

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Low-Carb Bang Bang Shrimp (Grain-free, No-Added Sugar)
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Low-Carb Bang Bang Shrimp (Grain-free, No-Added Sugar)

This is a recipe for Bang Bang Shrimp that is grain-free, low carb, keto-friendly and does not use added sugar. I include a quick recipe for the Sweet Thai Chili Sauce, an essential part of Bang Bang Sauce.

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Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

Easy low carb dinner that's ready in under 30 minutes!

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BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos

BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos

These BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos are a tasty dinner or game day appetizer that only takes 15 minutes to make! Baked Nachos are always a quick and fun addition when we are menu planning and they are definitely toddler approved!!

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Spicy Pesto Shrimp Primavera
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Spicy Pesto Shrimp Primavera

Spicy Pesto Shrimp Primavera is a restaurant-inspired, mildly spicy, hugely flavorful Shrimp dish with red bell peppers, asparagus, and spinach with a Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto with Parmesan cheese.

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Southwest Egg Roll in a Bowl with Chipotle Ranch Dressing
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Southwest Egg Roll in a Bowl with Chipotle Ranch Dressing

This delicious and healthy Southwest Egg Roll in a Bowl is an easy recipe to throw together after a busy day. A family friendly dinner recipe that you can easily make spicy or mild.

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One Pot Korean BBQ Meatball Chow Mein

One Pot Korean BBQ Meatball Chow Mein

One Pot Korean BBQ Meatball Chow Mein is a tasty family dinner prepared in under 20 minutes making it perfect as a weeknight dinner! It’s quickly become one of our favorite easy dinner ideas!

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30 MINUTE CHICKEN DINNERS

We eat more chicken dinners in a month than anything else because it's so easy, versatile and budget friendly!

Some chicken ideas can be found above under 30 minute pasta dinners, so make sure to look down there as well for even more ideas!

Easy Chicken Lo Mein

Easy Chicken Lo Mein

This recipe for homemade chicken lo mein is an easy family dinner the whole family will love! Noodles, vegetables, and soy sauce combine for a light, fresh meal that makes a tasty dinner and leftovers!

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White Chicken Chili
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White Chicken Chili

This White Chicken Chili is a spicy and comforting dinner to enjoy at half time or on any chilly evening. It’s a terrific game day chili option featuring chicken and cannellini beans!

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Easy Chicken Enchilada Bake
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Easy Chicken Enchilada Bake

This Easy Chicken Enchilada Bake is a creamy, cheesy twist on the classic meal using Fritos in place of tortillas. A delicious meal made in just 30 minutes.

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Baked Fajita Chicken Roll Ups

Baked Fajita Chicken Roll Ups

Baked Fajita Chicken Roll Ups are a light, flavorful family friendly chicken recipe! Fabulous low carb dinner idea if you love chicken fajita recipes like we do!

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Stuffed Pizza Chicken Rolls

Stuffed Pizza Chicken Rolls

Add all your favorite toppings and enjoy a flavorful, healthier alternative to a slice of pizza with this Stuffed Pizza Chicken Rolls Recipe! A family friendly stuffed chicken recipe that makes an easy weeknight dinner!

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Skinny Caramelized Cashew Ginger Chicken Stir Fry
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Skinny Caramelized Cashew Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

Sweet, spicy, tangy, ginger chicken stir fried with bell peppers, carrots and snow peas garnished with the sweet crunch of caramelized cashews = Skinny Sweet and Spicy Caramelized Cashew Ginger Chicken Stir Fry – in your mouth in 30 minutes!

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Parmesan Herb Chicken
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Parmesan Herb Chicken

These parmesan herb chicken breasts are not only super easy to prepare with only a few ingredients, but they are quick to prepare and quick to cook.

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Orange Chicken 30 Minute Skillet Recipe
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Orange Chicken 30 Minute Skillet Recipe

This 30-minute skillet recipe for orange chicken is easy to make and so delicious! It’s an easy dinner recipe that your whole family will love.

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Chicken Pot Pie Crescent Braid
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Chicken Pot Pie Crescent Braid

This Chicken Pot Pie Crescent Braid is a super easy and delicious dinner all wrapped up in a gorgeous crescent braid!

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30 MINUTE PASTA DINNERS

I love having plenty of pasta dishes on my meal prep lists because they are usually easy and inexpensive. From soups to pasta casseroles, there is something everyone will love!

Plus, pasta dinners make great leftovers for even faster dinner nights or easy lunches!

One-Pot BBQ Chicken and Bacon Pasta
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One-Pot BBQ Chicken and Bacon Pasta

This One Pot BBQ Chicken Pasta with Bacon is SO easy and so good — hearty, cheesy and a little smoky from barbecue sauce.

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20 minute Cheesy Vegetable Pasta Bake
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20 minute Cheesy Vegetable Pasta Bake

This hearty Cheesy Vegetable Pasta Bake is full of delicious fresh vegetables, loaded with cheese, and best of all only takes ONE pot to make! Your family will beg for this meal!

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Quick and Easy Skillet Lasagna
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Quick and Easy Skillet Lasagna

QUICK AND EASY SKILLET LASAGNA – MAKE LASAGNA PERFECT FOR A WEEKNIGHT MEAL. RAVIOLI MAKES THIS READY IN LESS THAN 30 MINUTES, AND PURE COMFORT FOOD EVERYONE WILL LOVE.

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One Pot Three Cheese Lasagna Soup

One Pot Three Cheese Lasagna Soup

Looking for a warm new soup to add to your winter menus? Then this One Pot Three Cheese Lasagna Soup is for you! Full of Italian sausage, tomatoes, spinach, cheese and lasagna noodles, it has all the yummy flavors of a lasagna without all the time and work!

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Spicy Smoked Sausage Alfredo Bake
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Spicy Smoked Sausage Alfredo Bake

SPICY SMOKED SAUSAGE ALFREDO BAKE — PASTA AND SMOKED SAUSAGE COME TOGETHER WITH A CREAMY, CHEESY SAUCE IN THIS QUICK AND EASY WEEKNIGHT DINNER.

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Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Roll Ups
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Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Roll Ups

THESE CHICKEN ALFREDO LASAGNA ROLL UPS ARE PERFECT FOR A DELICIOUS DINNER THAT IS READY IN LESS THAN 30 MINUTES! WITH A CREAMY RICOTTA AND CHICKEN FILLING, AND TOPPED WITH ALFREDO SAUCE AND CHEESE! THESE ROLL UPS ARE A DISH EVERYONE LOVES!

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Orange Mint Pasta - A Light and Fresh Citrus Mint Pairing!

Orange Mint Pasta - A Light and Fresh Citrus Mint Pairing!

A light, refreshing pasta recipe that you'll immediately became obsessed with! The perfect 15 minute meal to serve guests.

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Easy Goulash | Mandy's Recipe Box
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Easy Goulash | Mandy's Recipe Box

This Easy Goulash is one of the meals I make most when I am short on time. It’s such a quick and easy recipe. The hardest part is browning the ground beef!

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Stove Top Pastitsio
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Stove Top Pastitsio

This stove top Pastitsio is a simple and light version of the very traditional Greek pasta dish.

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