Seven quick and easy back to school dinners

January 4, 2024
by Christina Eat

    Term one is fast approaching, which makes now the best time to start planning your weeknight meals. When you’re juggling work, your kid’s after-school activities and fussy food preferences, it’s a tricky balancing act to put food on the table that everyone will enjoy. Keep reading to discover seven of our favourite Kid Friendly back to school dinners that make term-time cooking a breeze.

    Truffle, Mushroom & Bacon Fettuccine with Spinach, Rocket & Radish Salad

    When you stir mushies, smokey bacon and luscious cream through thick ribbons of pasta, the result is pure comfort food. But when you add a leafy salad drizzled in balsamic and honey for extra freshness, it instantly transforms this meal from good to great.

    A bowl filled with fusilli next to a smaller bowl filled with salad. The perfect back to school meal

    Sticky Sichuan Pork & Veggies with Garlic Rice & Pickled Chilli

    We know what you might be thinking, isn’t Sichuan spicy? It doesn’t have to be! Our version of Sticky Sichuan Pork, is mildly spiced for gentle flavours we know your kids will love. Coupled with green veggies and garlic rice, it’s actually the perfect back to school dinner. Plus, if Pickled Chilli isn’t right for you, it’s easy to leave out.

    a bowl of rice topped with flavourful pork mince and green garnishes. perfect back to school dinner!

    Seared Garlic Butter Steak with Roast Root Veggie Toss & Creamy Pesto Dressing

    We’ve given meat ‘n’ three veg a scrumptious back to school dinner makeover. The result? This Seared Garlic Butter Steak and Roast Root Veggie Toss. From the tender meat slathered in Creamy Pesto Dressing to the toasty veggies, this meal is simply delicious.

    beef with a pink centre, topepd with green pesto sauce and next to a medley of roasted veggies. perfect back to school dinner

    Tex-Mex Pulled Pork Loaded Fries with Charred Corn Salsa & Sour Cream

    What’s better than a plate of salty hot chips? A big plate of Pulled Pork Loaded Fries of course! In our version, you’ll find pork doused in Tex-Mex spices, and fresh veggies like corn and baby spinach for pops of sweet freshness. Plus, it’s all topped off with cheese and a generous dollop of sour cream. Blink and you’ll miss it because the kids are going to devour this one in a heartbeat – what more could you want in a back to school dinner?

    a plate fo roasted potato chips, topped with pulled pork, green veg and sour cream. perfect back to school dinner

    Southeast Asian Beef & Creamy Coconut Sauce with Rapid Rice & Veggies

    This back to school dinner is all about flavour! With layers of Southeast Asian spices, makrut lime leaves, garlic and ginger, plus a generous helping of veg and beef, your taste buds will be in heaven with every bite. Most importantly, you can get it on the table in just 30 minutes, great for when you need a quick fix meal on the table in a snap.

    a bed of rice topped with stir fried beef strips and veggies. perfect back to school dinner

    Homey Beef Lasagne & Cheesy Bechamel Sauce with Veggies

    Layers are everything in a lasagne, so pile on the bechamel sauce and tomatoey beef to fill this lasagne to the brim with wonderous flavour! Topped with Parmesan cheese and served with an abundance of hidden veggies, this is back to school dinner at its finest.

    a big piece of lasagne: a rich, red meat sauce topped with a square of cheesy pasta. perfect back to school dinner

    BBQ Sweet-Chilli Chicken Drumsticks with Coconut Rice, Crisp Slaw & Aioli

    Sweet chilli chicken is always a crowd-pleaser, but this recipe takes it up a notch with the addition of smokey barbeque seasoning. Coupled with Coconut Rice and Crisp Slaw, these BBQ Sweet Chilli Drumsticks are a flavour explosion. 

    chicken drumsticks nestled among rice and slaw

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