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Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas for Fall

Posted by: Mira Roberts
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Whether your kids' school calendar is beginning to heat up, or your upcoming, end of year projects at work are causing you to work longer hours and later nights, when it comes to busy weeknights, it can be tough to get everyone together to share in a good meal.

Weeknight dinners are important, but preparing them in time can seem almost impossible. Before you turn to the takeout menu or cruise through the fast food window one more time, consider trying out weeknight dinner ideas that are designed for ease and speed. After all, who has time to spend an hour or two cooking in their kitchen after ball games, homework or company events?

You still have to eat, and you want to eat well, and with these easy recipes, you can do both! Most of these recipes can be prepped in advance, and are large enough to provide you with leftovers for lunch the next day. Here are easy weeknight dinner ideas designed to satisfy your family on your busiest days. 

Baked Pork Chops
Shake, bake and serve these tasty pork chops any night of the week when you need to fill up extra hungry bellies and fast. Prep baked potatoes and steamed broccoli on the side, and you'll have your family fed and fed well, in no time.

Easy Chicken Pot Pie
On cold nights when your family needs a nourishing meal fast, this easy chicken pot pie recipe is the winner. Easy to prep in advance, then cook once it's go time, you can have this delicious, hearty pot pie on the table 30 minutes after it goes into the oven.

Maple Mustard Chicken Thighs
The tangy glaze on these delicious, satisfying chicken thighs caps off this healthy meal that is sure to fill the stomachs of your hardworking family members. Simple, fast and easy-to-prep and cook after a busy day, you'll find yourself making this dish more than once.

Cheesey Taco Lasagna
Taco night and lasagna night got together and decided to team up for your next busy weeknight on the go, and the results are sure to be incredible. This recipe couldn't be easier to prep ahead of time and bake in a jiff, and your kids and grown family members will swoon for the perfectly cheesey, finished product.

Chicken, Bacon and Spinach Spaghetti
Mix up your typical spaghetti night recipe and give your family an added nutritional boost with this hearty and healthy pasta recipe. Packed with chicken, bacon and spinach, it will fill all of the bellies in your house, and sneak in a few greens for good measure (and, without any groaning).

Ham and Cheese Tortellini
Comfort food may be in order after a long, stressful wednesday, and this recipe is your ticket. Creamy, cheesey and practically oozing stress relief, your family will appreciate digging into this recipe just about anytime deadlines are looming, or projects have to be completed in 12 hours or less.

Chicken and Broccoli
This hearty, satisfying and savory dish can be ready and on your table in only 12 minutes, making it a go-to recipe during your busiest weekdays. As a bonus, it's healthy, tastes incredible and will win over even the pickiest members of your family. 

Photo | Taco Lasagna

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Mira Roberts

Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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