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22 Quick and Easy Weeknight Meal Ideas

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Meal planning can be tricky, especially when your schedule gets busy. Between school, homework, after-school activities, school events–and everything else going on–it gets hard to put a healthy meal on the table the boys actually want to eat. I’ve found 22 delicious, quick and easy meals that help make meal planning a breeze. There are meals with beef (skillet lasagna, spicy steak, southwest kebabs, kale pesto), pork (BLT pasta salad), seafood (shrimp tacos), chicken (cordon bleu roll-ups, caruso, enchiladas), and pasta (pizza spaghetti bake, one pot pasta, peanut butter lo mein)…and that’s only a portion of the delicious ideas you’ll find here to satisfy the whole family!


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Skillet Lasagna

1. Skillet Lasagna Italian Dumplings :: Penney Lane Kitchen, adapted from Best of the Best One Dish Cookbook

BLT Pasta Salad

2. BLT Pasta Salad :: Hi! It’s Jilly

Grilled Kabobs

3. Grilled Southwest Kebabs :: Hi! It’s Jilly

Chicken Caruso

4. Chicken Caruso :: One Creative Mommy

Kale Pesto

5. Kale Pesto :: Eclectic Momsense

Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas

6. Crockpot Chicken Enchiladas :: Eclectic Momsense

Chicken Penne Alfredo

7. Chicken Penne Alfredo :: The Kitchen is my Playground, adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Eat Well Lose Weight magazine, Summer 2014

Pizza Spaghetti Bake

8. Pizza Spaghetti Bake :: The Kitchen is my Playground, from Plain Chicken

Pizza Dillas

9. PizzaDillas :: Baking Beauty

Spicy Shrimp Tacos

10. Spicy Shrimp Tacos :: Just 2 Sisters

Arkansas Po'boy

11. Arkansas Po-Boy :: Grace and Gravy

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

12. Homemade Spaghetti Sauce :: Jade Louise Designs

Perfect Spicy Steak

13. Perfect Spicy Steak :: Jade Louise Designs

Monterrey Chicken Bake

14. Monterrey Chicken Bake :: From PinkWhen via The Pinning Mama

One Pot Summer Pasta

15. One Pot Summer Pasta :: The Pinning Mama

Peanut Butter Lo Mein

16. Peanut Butter Lo Mein :: Mom Foodie at Blommi

Creamy Crockpot Chicken Tacos

17. Creamy Crockpot Chicken Tacos :: The Pinning Mama

Weeknight Pasta salad

18. Weeknight Pasta Salad :: A Day in Our Shoes

Crockpot Chili

19. Crockpot Chicken Chili :: The Pinning Mama

Broccoli Cobbler

20. Broccoli Cobbler :: A Virtuous Woman adapted from Half-Baked Harvest

Baked Chicken Thighs

21. Baked Chicken Thighs :: Lori’s Culinary Creations

Chicken Cordon Bleu Roll Ups

22. Crispy Chicken Cordon Bleu Roll Ups :: Mom Foodie at Blommi

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Toni Thomason

Toni is a stay-at-home mom whose life completely revolves around 2 crazy little boys. When she's not defending herself in a light saber battle or saving the day with her little superheroes, she loves crafting and designing things for her house. She loves animals, shopping, traveling and just snuggling on the couch with her family while watching a movie or reading a good book. Catch more of her crazy, hectic life at creativedesignsbytoni.com.