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Healthy Back to School Dinner Ideas

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.

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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

skillet chicken with a homemade spicy pepperoni sauce

3. Skillet Chicken with Spicy Pepperoni Sauce

goat cheese and spinach stuffed chicken breast in a skillet

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

vegan butternut squash enchiladas in a pan

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

orange chicken stir fry in a skillet pan with a wooden spoon

6. Healthy Orange Chicken Stir Fry with Coconut Cauliflower Rice

garlic parmesan orzo pasta in a bowl with veggies and a spoon

7. 30 Minute Spinach Garlic Parmesan Orzo with Crispy Bacon

pumpkin turkey chili in a bowl topped with avocado, cheese and sour cream

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

slow cooker chicken chile verde in a bowl topped with avocado

10. Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Chile Verde

healthy white chicken chili in a bowl

11. Healthy Delicious White Chicken Chili

enchilada chicken and quinoa stuffed bell peppers

12. Healthy Enchilada Chicken & Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

butternut squash broccoli cheddar chicken couscous in a pot

13. Roasted Butternut Squash Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Couscous

slice of healthy turkey lasagna on a plate with a fork

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

zucchini meatballs on a sheet pan with bell peppers

15. Sheet Pan Zucchini Chicken Meatballs with Coconut Curry Sauce

chicken quinoa enchilada meatloaf muffins in a muffin tin

16. Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Enchilada Meatloaf Muffins

thai coconut yellow curry chicken and rice in a skillet

17. One Pan Thai Coconut Yellow Curry Chicken & Rice

slice of veggie enchilada casserole being lifted by a spatula

18. Chipotle Black Bean Roasted Veggie Enchilada Casserole

Healthy turkey sloppy joes topped with jalapeño slices

19. 30 Minute Healthier Turkey Sloppy Joes with Homemade Sauce

slow cooker turkey tacos in a container with parchment paper

20. Amazing Slow Cooker Turkey Tacos

healthy sweet potato BBQ turkey meatloaf stuffed with sharp cheddar cheese

21. Cheddar-Stuffed Sweet Potato BBQ Turkey Meatloaf

Chicken Burrito Bowls with avocado and jalapeño

22. Better Than Chipotle DIY Chicken Burrito Bowls

vegetarian sweet potato and black bean stuffed poblano peppers

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

the best healthy turkey chili in two bowls topped with tortilla chips, cheese, avocado and jalapeño slices

24. The Best Healthy Turkey Chili

sesame orange ginger chickpea stir fry in a bowl

25. Healthy Sesame-Orange Ginger Chickpea Stir-Fry

coconut cauliflower chickpea curry in a skillet

26. Thai Peanut Coconut Cauliflower Chickpea Curry

brussels sprouts stir fry with chickpea on a plate

27. Kung Pao Chickpea & Brussels Sprouts Stir-Fry

one pan ginger chicken meatballs with peanut sauce in a skillet

28. One Pan Ginger Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce

slow cooker chicken tikka masala in a bowl with rice

29. Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

zucchini mac and cheese in a skillet

30. Zucchini Mac and Cheese

Moroccan chicken stew in a bowl with a spoon

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

bbq chicken stuffed zucchini boats in a baking pan

32. Cheesy BBQ Chicken Stuffed Zucchini Boats

easy roasted chicken in a skillet

33. How to Make an Easy Roasted Chicken

caribbean jerk chicken in a skillet

34. One Pan Caribbean Jerk Chicken with Pineapple-Coconut Rice

healthy pasta carbonara on a plate with a fork

35. 30 Minute Healthier Pasta Carbonara

Spicy Glazed Maple Salmon on a sheet pan

36. Spicy Maple Glazed Salmon for Two!

Tandoori chicken in a pan with rice

37. One Pan Tandoori Chicken with Spiced Coconut Rice

chicken tortilla soup in a bowl with a spoon

38. Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

lightened up cheddar cauliflower broccoli soup in a bowl

39. Lightened Up Cheddar Cauliflower Broccoli Soup

paleo turmeric chicken meatballs on a sheet pan with green tahini sauce

40. Paleo Turmeric Chicken Meatballs with Green Tahini Sauce

lemongrass chickpea thai green curry in two bowls with rice

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

butternut squash chickpea lentil moroccan stew in a bowl with pita

42. Butternut Squash, Chickpea & Lentil Moroccan Stew

enchilada zucchini chicken meatballs in a skillet with a spoon

43. One Pan Enchilada Zucchini Turkey Meatballs and Rice

golden coconut chicken lentil soup in a bowl with a spoon

44. Golden Coconut Chicken Lentil Soup

baked pumpkin pasta in a baking dish with a spoon

45. Saucy Baked Pumpkin Pasta

chicken pumpkin enchiladas on a plate topped with avocado

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

cilantro chicken meatballs in mango coconut sauce in a skillet

47. One Pan Cilantro Chicken Meatballs in Mango Coconut Sauce

vegetarian lentil loaf on parchment paper

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

dipping a grilled cheese into homemade roasted tomato basil soup

50. Homemade Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

green chicken and rice with a wooden spoon in a skillet

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

Paleo Chicken Tenders next to dipping sauce

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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