Seven quick and easy back to school dinners

January 4, 2024
by Christina Our Cooking tools

    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.

    Popcorn Chicken & Cheesy Bacon Potatoes with Corn Cobs, Green Beans & BBQ Sauce

    Kids craving finger-lickin’ chicken? You don’t need to race to your nearest drive-thru for the full experience. Our popcorn chicken is even better, plus it’s got all the trimmings you wont find at your average fast food shop. Paired with crispy, cheesy and insanely umami Bacon Potatoes, fragrant garlicky Green Beans, and buttery Corn Cobs your kids will be clamouring for seconds.

    A dark slate covered in popcorn chicken drizzled with sauces, next to green beans and corn on the cob. Cheesy Bacon Potatoes sit in a bowl nearby. Perfect back to school dinner

    Sticky Chinese-Style Pork Udon Noodles with Baby Broccoli, Green Beans and Crispy Shallots

    In this easy back to school dinner, colourful veggies and flavourful pork combine for a fuss-free stir-fry packed with personality. Don’t forget a scattering of crispy shallots for that unique crunch your kids won’t be able to get enough of. Best of all, big kids will love it, too – it’s a real crowd-pleaser.

    A bowl of thick udon noodles with broccoli and carrot poking out. The perfect back to school dinner

    Chargrilled Chicken & Smokey Bacon Subs with Sweet Potato Fries and Semi-Dried Tomato Salad

    Perfect for a family night, these Chargrilled Chicken and Smokey Bacon Subs will be happily devoured by your little ones in an instant. With nutrient-packed sweet potato fries, sweet pear and protein-filled chicken, this dish is as delicious as it it nutritious. It’s the perfect pick for back to school cooking when you need to whip something extra special together.

    A dark slate topped with golden grilled chicken and streaky, crispy bacon. Next to it is a plate of cheesy bread, a plate of sweet potato fires and a bowl of green salad. The perfect back to school dinner.

    Italian Beef & Spinach Pie with Potato Topping & Parmesan

    We’ve got three mouth-watering words for you: Cheesy Potato Top. That’s the real star of the show in this Italian Beef & Spinach Pie. It’s crackly, caramelised and oh-so-scrumptious, the perfect pie topper if we do say so ourselves. As for the filling, it’s high-protein and packed with nourishing veg, making for an ideal back to school dinner.

    A plate filled with pie: a brown pie filling full of veg topped with a golden potato crust. The perfect back to school dinner

    Chicken & Creamy Peppercorn Sauce with Sweet Potato Mash & Garlicky Veggies 

    This one’s a fan favourite for so many reasons. There’s the buttery Sweet Potato Mash, subtly sweet and moreish. There’s also the garlicky veggies, crunchy and tender, perfectly bite-size for the kids. But, best of all, there’s the Creamy Peppercorn Sauce, which can only be described as luscious. We guarantee your kids will be licking their plates clean – what more could you want in a back to school dinner?

    A bed of orange mashed potato topped with creamy chicken and paired with a colourful pile of veg.

    Quick Bacon & Pesto Fusilli with Parmesan & Mixed Leaf Salad

    When you stir herby pesto, garlic and herb seasoning and crispy bacon through chunky spirals of pasta, the result is pure comfort food. But when you add Mixed Leaf Salad drizzled in balsamic vinaigrette dressing for extra freshness, it instantly transforms this meal from good, to great.

    a bowl of fusilli next to a bowl of salad. perfect back to school dinner


    Easy Sticky Peri-Peri Chicken Tacos with Garlic Aioli & Cucumber-Tomato Salad

    Any list of back to school dinners is incomplete without tacos, and these tacos are beautiful in every way. From the sticky peri-peri seasoning to the fresh, light salad, there’s something to love in every bite. You’ll love them, your kids will adore them, and it’ll be happy smiles all ‘round.

    Three tacos willed with sticky chicken and green salad.

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