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10 Kid-Friendly Back to School Weeknight Dinners

10 kid friendly weeknight dinnersSorry folks, but I had to do it. I had to tell you school is coming.

For some of you it may already be here, which is why I feel okay with posting this today! You need me! You need this list to help you through your crazy week, right?! I know I would. If we were back to school. Which we aren’t.

But we will be…ugh. Knowing we are late in getting back still doesn’t help me. I feel overcome with organizational challenges! And still so many summer projects that I want to do! Well, fine. At the very least, my menu plan will be in order! Here it goes and chock full of lots of great ideas  that are tried and true by me, for kid-friendly meals to go along with it! You are welcome! {wink}

Cola Marinated Steak Tips with Baked Potato Fries {grill night}

Cola Marinated Steak Tips | Hardly A Goddess

Sweet Potato & Corn Chowder with Popovers {comfort food}

sweet potato corn chowder

Easy Weeknight Sheet-pan Pork Loin with veggies {easy}

pork loin filet

Spaghetti & Meatballs {crowd-pleaser}

Healthier baked italian meatballs

Oven Baked & Breaded Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes {easy}

Oven Baked & Breaded Pork Chops

Game Day Crockpot Chili  and Grilled Cheeses {crock pot}

Crockpot Chili

Barbecue Chicken Mini-Meatloaves with Roasted Sweet Potatoes {cute-food}

BBQ chicken mini meatloaf

Homemade Chicken Nuggets & Vegetable Platter Dippers {classic kid-food}

Crispy chicken nuggets

Homemade French Toast Sticks & Oven Baked Bacon {Breakfast for dinner}

freezer french toast sticks

Stovetop Double Peppered Pork Chops with buttered noodles {stove top skillet dinner}

Double-Pepper Pork Chop

So that should help, right? I hope so! We need all the help we can get around here anyway! Some of these are recipes that I literally make every week! And most are in a regular rotation, so I know we can either adapt them to what each kid likes or we all enjoy them together. Enjoy and best of luck as you get your people off to school now or later!

Weeknight Chicken Parmesan Burgers

weeknight chicken parm burgers

So I have been grilling a super ton this summer. So many burgers.

And burgers, fresh corn, and tomatoes are probably one of my favorite  meals- but it feels like it’s been a long summer of burgers and to be honest, I am getting a bit sick of them. My other favorite food is Chicken Parmesan. But it feels heavy for a summer night. Making it into a sandwich though…Is just perfect.

weeknight chicken parm burgers

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Yep. You know you’d love this. Your favorite Italian food made into a healthy chicken burger for any ol’ weeknight! Boom!! You are welcome.

Chicken Parmesan Burgers

Makes 4 burgers
1 lb. ground chicken
1/2 cup italian bread crumbs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 egg white
1/4 each of dried basil, oregano, garlic powder, pepper
2 Tbsp. fresh basil
marinara sauce
mozzarela cheese slices

Directions: Mix the chicken, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, eggs, and spices together. Form into 4 patties. Grill or pan-fry over medium heat until no longer pink and totally cooked in the center. Top each burger with marinara sauce, fresh basil and cheese. Place back on the turned off grill or if you are pan-frying, leave them in the pan, and cover. Burgers are done when the cheese is melted completely.

See?! Aren’t these easy?! Perfect for a weeknight dinner that is different enough to make it interesting and not the same old grill night, but easy enough to make in a pinch. If your kids don’t love this idea, just give them pasta. Again. This one is for you too, my friends. Enjoy it!

weeknight chicken parm burgers

My pictures just don’t do this justice! These were a new recipe that I created and now we LOVE them and this will definitely be in my rotation on the grill (or grill pan- this is the one that I use) year-round!

Happy Weeknight!

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Healthier Baked Italian Meatballs #SundaySupper

Healthier baked italian meatballsFitting with the theme of this week’s Sunday Supper, as “Cowboy Cooking” I am making Healthier Baked Italian Meatballs. So what is Cowboy Cooking you ask? (and I’m glad you did) According to Cowboy Kent Rollins (THE modern day authority on Cowboy cooking)  it’s hearty food, not fancy! You can see him on CBS Sunday Morning to get his gist!   Kent and his wife Shannon carry on the tradition of cooking on a Chuck wagon as they make their way across the country feeling hungry cowboys and cowgirls with recipes like Chicken Fried Steak, Sparkly Taters (add beef!), and Green Pepper Frito Pie.

So why “healthier” meatballs for me? Well I love all kinds of meat, but I am not paleo. I am not totally veggie either. I just wanted a healthier meatball but still had plenty of flavor...So I made one. Click To TweetWith  only egg-whites, whole-wheat breadcrumbs, and no cheese, I consider it “clean” and also Advocare compliant (you can read more about that here). In the recipe I note that the breadcrumbs are optional- and guess what?! They are! I like the texture better with the added crumbs, but if you are following a paleo diet, take them out and these are still delicious!  If you are just wanting to eat healthy foods, but still want a really tasty meatball…here you are:

meatball ingredientsHealthier Baked Italian Meatballs

Makes 20

1 and 1/2 pounds ground Certified Angus Beef® brand beef
4 oz. mushrooms, chopped fine
1/4 cup egg white liquid
1/3 cup onion, chopped (either green or white)
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. garlic powder
*Optional: 1/3 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs (and I opt)

Preheat the oven to 375*. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with non-stick spray.

Mix all the ingredients until thoroughly combined. Form into 20 meatballs. The best way to do this is to wet your hands and scoop a large heaping tablespoon amount into your palm. Roll and place on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes until no longer pink in the middle. Serve with your favorite sauce.Healthier Italian Meatballs

To get more great Cowboy Cooking ideas check out Kent and Shannon’s blog recipes HERE. You can also find inspiration on Certified Angus Beef® brand’s website HERE. Look for this label:

certified angus beef brand

This is the pre-made patties label too, but you need to look for that little cow and the “Certified Angus Beef” brand!

The recipes do not have to be made over a campfire (but they can be)! They have some amazing recipes for using beef and their burger recipes look perfect for summer grilling. And don’t forget, for the best recipes using Certified Angus Beef® brand check out our Sunday Supper Bloggers here, thanks to the host today, Cindy Kerschner of Cindy’s Recipes and Writings.

More Sunday Supper Cowboy Cooking Recipes

Beefed Up Main Dishes

Hearty Sandwiches

Sizzling Sides

Substantial Steaks

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Healthier Italian Meatballs