Menus for a Busy Weeknight

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Chicken Club Pasta Salad. Linda Larsen

During the school year, all families are very busy; far busier than they were even 10 years ago. The kids all have after-school activities, there's a game to attend, music lessons, jobs, and let's not forget homework! What's a busy mom to do?

Turn to these easy dinner menus that will let you feed your family well and easily. There are some crockpot meals, one dish meals, five ingredient meals, main dish salads, and last minute entrees you can pull together from the pantry.

And for those families who eat in shifts or 'waves', there are foods that reheat well in the microwave, so everyone gets a hot meal.

Menus for a Busy Weeknight

  • Baked Chicken and Bacon Sandwiches Menu
    These sandwiches are made ahead and baked as you need them. They are perfect for dinner on the run and for shift eaters.
  • Crockpot Taco Meatball Soup Menu
    Frozen precooked meatballs and the slow cooker add up to a hearty and easy meal.
  • Spinach and Rice Rollups Menu
    You can make these fish rollups ahead of time, then leave directions for cooking them, so your teenagers can nuke their own dinner.
  • Pizza for Dinner
    If you make (or buy) individual crusts, then leave the pizza fixings in the fridge, your family can make their own pizzas!
  • Turkey Cordon Bleu Dinner
    The turkey entree reheats well in the microwave, along with the side dish and asparagus. So delicious!
  • Lunch on the Run
    Hey, you can eat lunch for dinner! Sandwiches are usually your best bet when your family eats in shifts. Check out my make ahead sandwich recipes for more ideas.
  • Easy Skillet Meal
    Rice pilaf mixes are a great boon to the busy cook. You can use them in many ways (hey, there's another Start With... idea!) and they keep well. Your family will love this menu.
  • 30 Minute Dinners
    From start to finish, 30 minutes! How long does it take you to drive to and from the fast food joint? Feed your family a healthy meal in less time.
  • Main Dish Salads
    This is probably my favorite way to feed people in shifts. Make a big bowl of a salad everyone loves, then as they get home they serve themselves a delicious and healthy dinner.
  • Five Ingredient Dinners
    Yes, with just five ingredients you can make a complete dinner in minutes. I love these meal ideas and the recipes too.