13 Weeknight Meals to Serve After School

13 Weeknight Meals to Serve After School
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13 Weeknight Meals to Serve After School

These mouth-watering recipes are perfect to serve as after-school dinners. Easy and tasty, these meals won't take too long to prepare either!

15-Minute Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato, Basil And Cashew Pasta

If you are a meat person you could add some grilled chicken or whichever meat you prefer. Plus, everyone will love the sauce. It’s a classic made easy, and it's good for you too!

Get the Recipe: 15-Minute Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato, Basil and Cashew Pasta

California Chicken, Veggie And Avocado Rice Bowls

The chicken is tossed in a super simple seasoning with tons of parsley, basil, olive oil and lemon juice.

Get the Recipe: California Chicken, Veggie and Avocado Rice Bowls

Macaroni And Cheese

The toasted crumbs on top have a cheesy crispness, and the pasta beneath is creamy and rich.

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Easy Chicken Fajitas With Thai Mango Slaw And Coconut Rice

Add to a skillet some chicken, lots and lots of peppers, cheese and rice. Done. Quick easy, no oven and so good.

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Chicken Quinoa Meatballs

Baking these meatballs is not only easy, but the clean-up is almost void. No greasy pans to contend with or splattered fat all over the stove. Don’t worry baking meatballs still makes for a golden brown experience.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Quinoa Meatballs

Squash Mac And Cheese

Yellow squash is a particularly great veggie in mac and cheese because when shredded, it kind of melts right into the cheese sauce and offers just a little more texture and flavor.

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Grilled Cheese With Spinach, Avocado And Feta

Here is a fun take on a long-time favorite! Spinach, avocado and feta cheese take this grilled cheese to the next level.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Cheese With Spinach, Avocado and Feta

Broccoli And Pasta Bianco

This delectable baked dish features penne pasta and broccoli flowerets mixed with a flavorful Alfredo-like sauce - baked until hot and bubbly, it's an unforgettable recipe!

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Green Pizza

Why not use cooler-weather vegetables like broccoli and arugula as an unconventional pizza topping? The arugula adds a slightly bitter, peppery taste—for a milder flavor, use spinach instead. Serve with wedges of fresh tomato tossed with vinegar, olive oil, basil and freshly ground pepper.

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Black Bean Tostadas

Yum...crunchy tostadas with a spicy black bean topping in just 20 minutes! It doesn't get any tastier or easier!

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Minestrone With Endive And Pepperoni

Considering that this minestrone soup incorporates mostly frozen vegetables, it is remarkably simple. Look for frozen soup or stew vegetables with potatoes, carrots, celery and onion in the mix to give the soup the best flavor. Although pepperoni isn’t traditionally part of minestrone soup, you’ll find it’s a great shortcut to add spicy, complex flavor.

Get the Recipe: Minestrone with Endive and Pepperoni

Chinese Chicken And Noodle Salad

This delicious Chinese-inspired salad is crisp, crunchy and cool with shredded cabbage, carrots and chicken breast tossed with toasted ramen noodles and slivered almonds. The dressing is an addictive orange, sesame, ginger and soy combination”you may want to double the dressing and save some for a salad the next day.

Get the recipe: Chinese Chicken And Noodle Salad

Black Bean Nacho Pizza

Break out the napkins! This pie is an over-the-top, vegetarian concoction with black-bean spread, Jack cheese, tomatoes, scallions, olives and pickled jalapenos; it's part nacho, part pizza. For an even more decadent treat, serve with low-fat sour cream.

Get the recipe: Black Bean Nacho Pizza


Now that summer has officially come to an end, back-to-school season is in full swing. The school year can bring both excitement and dread, but it is guaranteed to go hand-in-hand with a demanding, hectic schedule.

Even when things get chaotic it's still possible to make a tasty, kid-friendly meal that will please the whole family. It just so happens that some of the most kid-friendly recipes are also easy and quick. From classics like pizza and pasta to more health-oriented dishes like rice bowls and quinoa meatballs, there's something to delight even the pickiest eater.

Check out the slideshow above for 13 great meals that the whole family will love.

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