Back to School

30 Minute Meals

Get ready for the new school year with
our collection of kid-friendly recipes that can
be prepared in about 30 minutes or less.

week 1 week 2 week 3 week 4

Sunday

•Main Course•

Sheet Pan Fajitas >

The steak, bell peppers and onions
are all cooked on a single baking sheet,
making prep and cleanup a breeze.

Monday

•Main Course•

Potato Gnocchi with
Zucchini-Almond Pesto >

Using frozen frozen gnocchi from
the grocer makes assembling this
vegetarian supper a snap.

Tuesday

•Main Course•

Grilled Lamb Chops with
Herb-Almond Pesto >

•Side Dish•

New Potatoes with
Crème Fraiche >

Bright green pesto complements
the rich flavor of lamb loin chops, which
cook quickly on a hot grill.

Wednesday

•Main Course•

Chicken Stuffed with Goat
Cheese and Artichokes >

•Side Dish•

Buttered Brussels Leaves >

A panini press makes quick
work of cooking chicken breasts, since
it sears both sides at the same time.

Thursday

•Main Course•

Buffalo Burgers with
Tomato and Marjoram Topping >

•Side Dish•

Sautéed Garden Peas with
Basil and Pecorino >

Kid-friendly burgers get a healthy
twist when made with bison, which
is leaner than ground beef.

Friday

•Main Course•

Turkey Cutlets with Fresh
Corn and Tomatoes >

Fresh corn and tomatoes cook
in the same pan as the turkey in this
easy dish, which would be great
served with quinoa or rice.

Saturday

•Main Course•

Fish Puttanesca en
Papillote with Zucchini >

Kids will have fun helping you wrap the fish
fillets in parchment paper. Serve on top of
rice or farro to soak up the delicious juices.

Sunday

•Main Course•

Roasted Pork Chops
with Grapes >

•Side Dish•

Peas and Pancetta >

Pork chops are roasted on the same
baking sheet as grapes in this spin on
the classic pairing of pork and fruit.

Monday

•Main Course•

Grilled Padrón Pepper
and Goat Cheese Tacos >

•Side Dish•

Taquería Guacamole >

When grilled and seasoned with
salt, flavorful padrón peppers make a
great filling for vegetarian tacos.

Tuesday

•Main Course•

Ham and Cheese Panini >

The simplest foods are often the most
satisfying, like this toasted sandwich, which
goes well with a tossed green salad.

Wednesday

•Main Course•

Beef and Asparagus Stir-Fry >

Chock full of sirloin steak and
asparagus, this quick stir-fry needs only
a side of rice to make it a full meal.

Thursday

•Main Course•

Meyer Lemon Fluke
with Grape Salad >

Simply sautéed fluke (or your
favorite white fish) is great paired with
an unexpected salad of grapes.

Friday

•Main Course•

Pan-Seared Scallops
with Sautéed Oranges >

•Side Dish•

English Peas
with Fresh Mint >

Even kids who don't like most seafood often
enjoy mildly flavored scallops, which get
a boost here from brightly colored citrus.

Saturday

•Main Course•

Spaghetti with Fresh
Tomatoes and Basil >

•Side Dish•

Green Beans with Creamy
Tarragon Dipping Sauce >

If you don't have an electric pasta
maker, make this fresh, simple spaghetti
dish with purchased dried or fresh pasta.

Sunday

•Main Course•

Beef and Basil Stir-Fry >

Served over steamed rice or with fresh
Asian noodles, this easy stir-fry gets its
incredible flavor and aroma from Thai basil.

Monday

•Main Course•

Fettuccine with Peas
and Asparagus >

Silkier and more delicate than dried pasta,
fresh fettuccine is best with light toppings, like this
combo of asparagus, peas and Parmesan.

Tuesday

•Main Course•

Cashew Chicken
Lettuce Tacos >

•Side Dish•

Dry-Fried Long Beans >

Cooked in a searing-hot wok, long
beans are a healthy addition to a playful
Asian-inspired spin on tacos.

Wednesday

•Main Course•

Hamburgers with
Fried Eggs >

•Side Dish•

Grilled New Potatoes
with a Red Pepper Crust >

Burgers are even more fun when
topped with a cheerful sunny-side-up egg.

Thursday

•Main Course•

Tuna Melts >

•Side Dish•

Glazed Carrots >

The old-fashioned favorite you
enjoyed as a child will be a big hit
with your kids as well.

Friday

•Main Course•

Pork Medallions with
Roasted Nectarines >

•Side Dish•

Lemon Orzo with
Parsley >

Pork tenderloin cooks quickly when sliced
across the grain into neat rounds.

Saturday

•Main Course•

Chicken and Summer
Vegetables in Papillote >

Chicken and vegetables cook
together wrapped in parchment packets,
which makes cleanup a breeze.

Sunday

•Main Course•

Spaghetti alla Carbonara >

•Side Dish•

Broccoli with Red Pepper
Flakes and Garlic Chips >

Even the pickiest kids love pasta and
cheese, so treat them with this easy recipe for
spaghetti coated with eggs and Parmesan

Monday

•Main Course•

Zucchini, Poblano, and
Goat Cheese Frittata >

Eggs are a quick and economical
basis for a meatless meal, like this
Southwestern-style frittata.

Tuesday

•Main Course•

Stir-Fried Beef and Bok
Choy with Ginger >

Serve this quick and hearty stir-fry with
rice noodles or steamed brown rice, if you like.

Wednesday

•Main Course•

Chicken with
Mustard-Herb Topping >

•Side Dish•

Couscous Salad with Cherry
Tomatoes and Bell Peppers >

The broiler quickly crisps the skin of
chicken breasts slathered with mustard
and garlic in this weeknight staple.

Thursday

•Main Course•

Parmesan French Toast
with Blender Hollandaise >

Savory French toast is equally good for
dinner as it is for brunch, especially when it's
served with simple roast asparagus.

Friday

•Main Course•

Beef, Carrot and Edamame
Stew with Dill and Lemon >

Beef tenderloin cooks quickly, which makes
it ideal for a quick weeknight stew.

Saturday

•Main Course•

Bacon Grilled
Cheese Sandwich >

•Side Dish•

Quick Pea Soup >

The classic grilled cheese sandwich is
even better when topped with bacon and
served with a side of soup.