A roundup of 15 EASY back to school recipes.

I saw the most appalling thing yesterday.


Say it ain’t so.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been living under the illusion that September will never come and we can live under the glorious summer sun forever. I’m sure part of my blissful ignorance has to do with the fact that I am going back to medical school in just about a month, which will pretty much change everything about everything. I honestly don’t really know what to expect, but one thing I’m sure of is that getting a few 30-minute, easy, HEALTHY weeknight meals under my belt beforehand is definitely not a bad life choice…and will probably save me from eating larabars for dinner multiple times a week. <– total blessing.

I know a lot of you have kids going back to school or you yourself are returning to college for the fall, so hopefully these will come in handy for you as well! And if you have any easy weeknight meal suggestions of your own, leave them in the comments! (I need all the help I can get.)

green machine quesadillas with spicy chipotle cream

Green Machine Quesadillas with Spicy Chipotle Cream from Veggie and the Beast

eggplant pasta with red pepper and tomatoes

Eggplant Pasta with Red Pepper and Tomatoes from Well Plated

summer squash tartines with ricotta, rosemary and lemon

Summer Squash Tartines with Ricotta, Rosemary, and Lemon from Eats Well With Others

one pot peanut sesame noodles and veggies

One Pot Peanut Sesame Noodles and Veggies from Oh My Veggies

weeknight veggie quesadillas

30-Minute Weeknight Veggie Quesadillas from Blogging Over Thyme

spinach artichoke enchiladas

Spinach Artichoke Enchiladas from Cookie + Kate

greens, jalapeno, and brie quesadillas

Greens, Jalapeno, and Brie Quesadillas from Eats Well With Others

creamy vegan garlic pasta with roasted tomatoes

Creamy Vegan Garlic Pasta from Minimalist Baker

cheesy artichoke skillet flatbread

30-Minute Cheesy Artichoke Flatbread from How Sweet It Is

wasabi noodles

Wasabi Noodles from She Wears Many Hats

asian pasta salad

Asian Pasta Salad from Eats Well With Others

huevos rancheros grilled cheese

Huevos Rancheros Grilled Cheese from Climbing Grier Mountain

curry roasted vegetable and avocado naanwich

Curry Roasted Vegetable and Avocado Naanwich from Naturally Ella

black pepper stir fried noodles

Black Pepper Stir Fried Noodles from Pinch of Yum

sweet potatoes and eggs

Easy Sweet Potatoes and Eggs from An Edible Perspective

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17 Responses to 15 30-Minute Back-to-School Recipes

  1. RIGHT?! Can you believe how fast this year is flying by?? Great collection of recipes, Joanne!

  2. Well, seeing as Get In And Out Of The Kitchen In 30 Minutes Or Less is my motto, I think you wrote this post just for me – right? So thank you and happy back to school! xx

  3. Kelly says:

    An orange leaf? Nooo 🙁 This summer definitely went by way too quickly! I need all the 30 minute meals I can get.These all look amazing!

  4. I’ve been living in ignorance too as when I read your reference to orange leaves, I thought ‘surely not’ ! I actually can’t believe it’s September in a week! At least these recipes will help soothe the transition.

  5. Mira says:

    I’m not going back to school, but this is all I need! 30 minute recipes are the best!

  6. Julie says:

    Also perfect for busy work weeks like mine – love it!! Thanks for sharing 😀

  7. I can’t talk about fall coming. This year it’s going to be summer year round. While I’m in denial, I’ll still be checking out these ideas – I love an easy dinner. One of my go tos to help you out as you go back to medical school is eggs. I always have eggs in the refrigerator. A couple scrambled, soft or hard boiled or just cooked in the microwave and a salad and dinner is served asap.

  8. Oh, no no! I’m excited for autumn! Can’t you smell that pumpkinny whiff?! Great round up, Naturally Ella’s Naanwich is a dish we make frequently- so easy and delicious!!

  9. Oh no – it’s too soon to start the fall!
    But we love your quick and easy back to school recipes!

  10. Beth says:

    That is one delicious post. I could eat just about anything on the page!

  11. Hotly Spiced says:

    I’ll have the spinach artichoke enchiladas. While you’re experiencing signs of autumn, we’re beginning to see signs of Spring – not this week though – we’re having a week of rain and wintry temps. All the best for going back to med school xx

  12. Eva R. says:

    GAH how did you know I needed this today?? And by today I mean every day…

    P.s. I can’t believe this means you are basically done with your Ph.D. Get it girl!

  13. Ala says:

    Girl, say whaaat? Okay, actually we’ve been prepping for back-to-school for a while here now already. Boo. But I suppose I can face it with a few of these recipes under my belt. You’re psychic, this is the perfect photo recipe pep talk!

  14. Shoot I could only WISH for an orange leaf! Saving this for when I don’t know what to make for DINNER, nevermind lunch! Muah!

  15. Kate says:

    It’s been so warm I’m ready for fall weather. But not the end of summer fruits!

  16. Johanna GGG says:

    I am hanging out for term 3 to end – not long now but always need quick recipes

  17. elly says:

    My whole life, school or no school, consists of an endless need for 30 minute or less recipes. Thanks for more ideas. 🙂

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