School is now back in session and weeknight dinners are once again a crazy, chaotic mess. At least, that is what I hear from my friends and neighbors. Homeschooling, however, doesn’t necessarily make me immune to the dinner time blues, either.

I get home from dance or taekwondo exhausted and hungry. My kids and my husband are also somewhat exhausted and hungry. My husband does do quite a bit of the cooking, but he is always asking me what he should cook. That basically makes me the menu planner.

So, because we, too have weeknight craziness and hectic schedules, and because I am the menu planning genius around my home, I went to Pinterest to search for the tasty looking recipes that were fast (30 minutes or less), easy and most importantly, kid-friendly. Here is what I found:

1. One-Pot Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

This pasta dish from Salt & Lavender looks absolutely amazing. Broccoli is one vegetable my kids will eat, so this is one I will have to try. You can find the recipe here.

2. Baked Ranch Chicken Tenders

This recipe comes from The Diary of a Real Housewife and looks really good. Any kid will gladly eat chicken tenders and I don’t know many adults who would turn them down (other than my parents who don’t eat chicken – don’t ask). She has some links in the post for some side dish suggestions, but pairing it with a simple salad would work, as well. Here is the recipe, if you would like to try it.

3. Easy Homemade Hamburger Helper

Hamburger Helper is so quick and easy. It also brings back memories of my childhood. I haven’t made it in a while, though, because there are so many preservatives and ingredients that I can’t pronounce. It isn’t something I feel good about feeding my kids. That is why I am so excited about this recipe from A Mind “Full” Mom. You pick the ingredients that go into this one-pot dish and can feel good about putting it on the table.

4. Easy Weeknight Chicken Empanadas


I can’t wait to make this recipe from Honest and Truly. They look so delicious that they just may make it on the menu next week.

5. Taco Pasta

This recipe from This is Not Diet Food may seem like a really weird mashup of foods, but my kids are both eager to try it. It sounds a bit like a Tex-Mex macaroni, but with a twist. I sure can’t wait to try it.

There you have it, five weeknight dinners that are fast, easy and kid-friendly. I plan to try each one of these recipes in the coming weeks and I will let you know on social media what I think.

If you try any of these recipes, please leave me a comment below and let me know if you liked it or not. Also, if you have a recipe to add to this list, please let me know and I will share it with my readers.

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