Sep
08

The BEST healthy back to school dinner ideas that the whole family will love! From delicious one pan meals to flavorful, protein-packed soups and chilis, these easy back to school dinner recipes are perfect for busy weeknights and make great leftovers to enjoy all week long.

The days are starting to feel like fall and I’m SO ready for all of the fall flavors. In this roundup you’ll find delicious, healthy back to school dinner ideas that use up seasonal produce and that the whole family will love — kiddos included! Skip the boxed mac and cheese and add some flavor, protein & veggies to your weeknight dinner rotation.

Yes, there are over 50 recipes here and yes, they’re all incredible (and Tony-approved!) I included a mix of meat and plant-based options for yummy Meatless Monday’s, plus plenty of 30 minute dinner recipes for quick and easy meals that are great for after school.

Whether you’re feeding the family or meal prepping for the week, get these healthy back to school dinner recipes on your menu ASAP! They make the best leftovers to enjoy throughout the week. If you make any of these easy dinners be sure to leave a comment and let me know how you liked it! You can also share a photo to our Facebook group and on Instagram with #ambitiouskitchen. Enjoy, xo!

brussels sprouts mac and cheese

1. Brussels Sprouts Mac and Cheese

butternut squash black bean enchilada skillet

2. Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchilada Skillet

pepperoni chicken skillet

3. Skillet Chicken with Spicy Pepperoni Sauce

spinach and goat cheese stuffed chicken breast in a skillet

4. Goat Cheese & Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast with Caramelized Onions + Mushrooms

butternut squash black bean enchiladas in a baking dish

5. Spicy Butternut Squash Black Bean Enchiladas with Chipotle Greek Yogurt Sauce

healthy orange chicken stir fry in a skillet

6. Healthy Orange Chicken Stir Fry with Coconut Cauliflower Rice

spinach garlic parmesan orzo in a bowl with a spoon

7. 30 Minute Spinach Garlic Parmesan Orzo with Crispy Bacon

pumpkin turkey chili in a bowl

8. Slow Cooker Black Bean Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas on a plate

9. Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas with Avocado Lime Crema

chicken chili verde in a bowl

10. Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Chile Verde

white chicken chili in a bowl

11. Healthy Delicious White Chicken Chili

enchilada quinoa stuffed bell pepper

12. Healthy Enchilada Chicken & Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

broccoli cheddar chicken couscous in a pot

13. Roasted Butternut Squash Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Couscous

The BEST turkey lasagna EVER. Made with a homemade tomato basil sauce packed with fresh herbs & italian spices, layered with lean ground turkey, mozzarella, creamy ricotta and a touch of parmesan. Perfect for serving crowds, family style dinners, or freezing for later!

14. The Best Healthy Turkey Lasagna You’ll Ever Eat

Sheet pan zucchini chicken meatballs

15. Sheet Pan Zucchini Chicken Meatballs with Coconut Curry Sauce

Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Enchilada Muffins -- great for meal prep!

16. Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Enchilada Meatloaf Muffins

thai chicken in a skillet

17. One Pan Thai Coconut Yellow Curry Chicken & Rice

veggie enchilada casserole

18. Chipotle Black Bean Roasted Veggie Enchilada Casserole

Healthy turkey sloppy joes

19. 30 Minute Healthier Turkey Sloppy Joes with Homemade Sauce

slow cooker turkey tacos

20. Amazing Slow Cooker Turkey Tacos

healthy sweet potato BBQ turkey meatloaf

21. Cheddar-Stuffed Sweet Potato BBQ Turkey Meatloaf

chicken burrito bowls

22. Better Than Chipotle DIY Chicken Burrito Bowls

stuffed poblano peppers in a baking dish and on a plate

23. Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Black Bean, Corn & Sweet Potato

the best healthy turkey chili in two bowls

24. The Best Healthy Turkey Chili

ginger chickpea stir fry with quinoa in a bowl

25. Healthy Sesame-Orange Ginger Chickpea Stir-Fry

coconut cauliflower chickpea curry in a skillet with a spoon

26. Thai Peanut Coconut Cauliflower Chickpea Curry

Vegan and gluten free kung pao chickpea & brussels sprouts stir fry

27. Kung Pao Chickpea & Brussels Sprouts Stir-Fry

Incredible one pan ginger chicken meatballs in a skillet

28. One Pan Ginger Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce

chicken tikka masala with rice in a bowl

29. Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

zucchini mac and cheese in a skillet

30. Zucchini Mac and Cheese

The most delicious Moroccan Chicken Stew in a bowl

31. One Pot Moroccan Chicken Stew with Sweet Potato & Couscous

bbq chicken stuffed zucchini boats in a pan

32. Cheesy BBQ Chicken Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Learn how to make a delicious and easy whole roasted chicken

33. How to Make an Easy Roasted Chicken

caribbean jerk chicken in a skillet

34. One Pan Caribbean Jerk Chicken with Pineapple-Coconut Ricehealthy pasta carbonara on a plate with a fork

35. 30 Minute Healthier Pasta Carbonara

Spicy Glazed Maple Salmon for two

36. Spicy Maple Glazed Salmon for Two!

Tandoori chicken made in one pan

37. One Pan Tandoori Chicken with Spiced Coconut Rice

The best healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup in a bowl

38. Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Deliciously creamy lightened up cheddar cauliflower broccoli soup in a bowl

39. Lightened Up Cheddar Cauliflower Broccoli Soup

paleo turmeric chicken meatballs on a sheet pan

40. Paleo Turmeric Chicken Meatballs with Green Tahini Sauce

thai green curry in two bowls

41. Healing Lemongrass Chickpea Thai Green Curry with Toasted Coconut Brown Rice

chickpea lentil moroccan stew in a bowl

42. Butternut Squash, Chickpea & Lentil Moroccan Stew

enchilada turkey meatballs in a skillet

43. One Pan Enchilada Zucchini Turkey Meatballs and Rice

Wonderful golden chicken lentil soup in a bowl

44. Golden Coconut Chicken Lentil Soup

baked pumpkin pasta in a baking dish

45. Saucy Baked Pumpkin Pasta

Incredible black bean chicken enchiladas on a plate

46. Spicy Black Bean Chicken Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sour Cream Sauce

cilantro chicken meatballs in a skillet with mango coconut sauce

47. One Pan Cilantro Chicken Meatballs in Mango Coconut Sauce

vegetarian lentil loaf

48. Mom’s Ultimate Vegetarian Lentil Loaf

 Thai peanut stir-fry with chicken and veggies on a plate

49. Spicy Thai Peanut Chicken Sweet Potato Noodle Stir Fry

Homemade roasted tomato basil soup in a bowl

50. Homemade Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

peruvian green chicken and rice in a skillet

51. One Pan Green Chicken and Rice (Green Arroz Con Pollo)

Delicious Baked Paleo Chicken Tenders in a basket with honey mustard dip

52. Baked Paleo Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard Dip

I hope you LOVE these easy, healthy back to school dinner ideas! If you try any of them be sure to leave a comment and let me know how you liked it. You can also share a photo in our Facebook group or on Instagram with #ambitiouskitchen. I can’t wait to see!

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