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As a busy parent, I don’t need to tell you how hectic school nights can be! Between homework, sports, and the occasional after-school errand, dinnertime often sneaks up like a ninja! Having a simple plan in place is often the difference between eating cereal or a well-balanced, wholesome meal for dinner. Shared below is a kid-approved school night dinner menu for 1 week. I hope it simplifies your life as it has mine.
Kid-Approved School Night Dinner Menu
Manwich Monday: Sloppy Joes, Corn on the Cob, and Baked Potatoes
Mondays always seem to be our craziest day of the week, so a simple, tasty meal is essential. Manwich is a hearty, meat-free sauce that gives Sloppy Joes a sweet and tangy taste. Paired with baked potatoes and corn on the cob, the kid-stopping power of Manwich makes meals a messy-licious treat to be enjoyed with both hands (that’s means no devices at the table—for everyone!). Manwich Sloppy Joe sauce comes in 3 flavors: Original, Bold, and Thick & Chunky. Create your own versatile recipe or simply follow the classic Sloppy Joe recipe on the label. Find Manwich in a store near you!
Tuesday: Spaghetti, Salad, and Rolls
Toss leftover Sloppy Joe into the spaghetti sauce for an easy meat sauce. Green salad and fresh rolls complete this meal, bringing everyone to the table to chat about the day.
Wednesday: Grilled Chicken with Carrots and Beets
Cook both the chicken and veggies on the grill! Make a foil packet and fill it with chopped carrots, beets, and a drizzle of olive oil. Season the veggies with salt and pepper just before serving.
Thursday: Chicken Quesadillas, Rice and Beans
Leftover chicken from Wednesday’s dinner? Slice it up and serve it with cheese and vegetables in a hot quesadilla. Rice and beans balance out this meal nicely!
Friday: DIY Pita Pizza
Fridays are pizza and movie night in our house! I lay a spread of sauce, pitas, cheese, pepperoni, and fresh veggies on the kitchen table so the boys can create their own Pita Pizzas. Bake the pizzas in the oven on a parchment lined pan at 400º until they are ready (about 10 minutes).
I love this dinner menu because it cleverly uses simple ingredients and leftovers from the night before! For more dinner inspiration, follow my Dinner board on Pinterest and check out the links below.