Gina Florio
August 25, 2016 6:00 am

School is back or almost back in session, which means things are about to get super duper busy. No matter how hectic things may get make sure you’re feeding yourself a solid dinner every night, because your next day depends on it. Despite what you may think, dinner doesn’t have to be a long, drawn-out ordeal that takes up hours of your time. It can be easy. It can be delicious. It can actually be enjoyable. All it takes is the smallest amount of planning ahead and you’ve got a dynamite dish on your hands.

[headerHere are 13 really quick meals that are easy to make on a school night.[/header]

1. Creamy Mushroom and Leek Chicken Breasts

Foodie Crush

This beautiful, dreamy dish only takes 30 minutes — and you only have to use one pan. Winning. Thank Foodie Crush for this easy peasy recipe. For the cream part, use whatever variation you want, whether it’s heavy cream, half and half, or a non-dairy alternative. It’ll be done in no time, with minimal clean-up to follow.

2. One-Pan Farro With Tomatoes

Smitten Kitchen

This is another one-pot dish that doesn’t take long to whip up. You can find the recipe at The Smitten Kitchen. The best part is, you’ve probably already got the majority of all the ingredients sitting in your cupboards at the moment. What a perfect summer dinner!

3. Curried Eggs With Spinach

Naturally Ella

Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner? This recipe is the most decadent breakfast you’ll ever have, and it only takes 20 minutes. To save yourself time, buy a jar of red curry paste from your grocery store so you don’t have to make it on your own. Find the recipe here on Naturally Ella.

4. Summer Veggie Whole-Wheat and Zucchini Spaghetti

Cooking For Keeps

Cooking For Keeps brings us the ultimate summer pasta recipe. It calls for the simplest ingredients that, when put together, give you a fresh dinner in a short amount of time. Look at all those colors! Irresistible.

5. Broccoli Pesto Mac & Cheese

Love and Lemons

Here’s what you need to know: this dish from Love and Lemons is vegan, and it takes 20 minutes to put together. The secret is buying a box of Annie’s Mac & Cheese mix, which is a healthy, vegan version of the classic comfort food we know and love.

6. Salmon With Strawberry Avocado Salad

The Brewer and the Baker

It may look ultra fancy, but it’s a breeze to replicate. Also, it’s an explosion of summer in your mouth. The Brewer and the Baker is responsible for this gorgeous dish, and although it calls for cooking the salmon on the grill, you can absolutely pan sear it as well, in the same amount of time.

7. Spiced Sweet Potato Quesadilla

Naturally Ella

It may sound weird at first, but this combination of paprika, cilantro, lime, and garlic make for a wildly delicious and totally unique quesadilla. It takes less than half an hour to put together, and there’s a lot of room for you to experiment with whatever ingredients you like most. This recipe comes straight from Naturally Ella.

8. Orzo Stuffed Peppers

Love and Lemons

Sometimes when you’re in a rush after school, you don’t have the time or energy to fuss around with meat or chicken. A nice vegetarian dinner does the trick just fine. This recipe is from Love and Lemons and they want you to know you can substitute whatever you have in your kitchen for most of these ingredients. Quinoa or rice can replace the orzo. Basil or oregano can replace the basil. And so on.

9. Asparagus Stir-Fry With Sesame-Miso Sauce

Naturally Ella

Time to stock up on your veggies for the day. This stir fry from Naturally Ella is made with minimal ingredients and it only takes 20 minutes to whip up. You can buy miso on your way home, in the Asian aisle of your local supermarket.

10. Tomato and Fried Provolone Sandwich

Smitten Kitchen

Say what? A sandwich for dinner? Yes, a hundred times yes. Smitten Kitchen tells you how to put together this easy dish that will take you to heaven and back again. The only cooking it requires is tossing a few slices of provolone in a pan and frying it to your heart’s desire. Then it’s all simple assembly from there.

11. Sesame Orange Chicken

The Brewer and the Baker

The Brewer and the Baker actually categorize this recipe as a school night meal. It’s quick and easy, and impossibly delicious. There are so many different flavors you can put together in a short amount of time that you’ll forget all about that takeout restaurant around the corner that takes forever to get the food to your doorstep.

12. 10-Minute Taco Salad

Aris Menu

Healthy, fast, wham bam, thank you ma’am. Aris Menu scores a home run with this dish, and you can use whatever ground meat you like best, whether it’s turkey or beef.

13. Crispy Tortellini With Peas and Prosciutto

Smitten Kitchen

The secret is picking up some frozen cheese tortellini on your way home, and then all it takes is a few extra ingredients to make this pasta sing. Smitten Kitchen is where you can find this recipe. Just look at it — it’s the easiest comfort food on the planet.