Easy School Night Dinners

The Importance of Family Dinner, According to a Health Expert

These easy one pot dinners will save the day! We have officially re-entered the days of Back To School: homework, dance practice, soccer, flag football and ALL The Things!

Zander has soccer THREE days per week + piano. Zia has piano, dance + soccer and Max and I are juggling work, carpool, “tutoring” and trying to enjoy life! {Right?!)

I’m giving myself a pass on complex, innovative recipes at the moment. Now is the time to honor simple meals that are delicious and get the job done. Meals that don’t require a lot of time or effort. Meals I can make ahead of time so we aren’t scrambling through the fridge, starving at 6:30 PM.

The goals is to nourish ourselves with real, nutrient dense food as simply as possible, not drain every ounce of energy from our body,mind and spirit. Cheers to Ease, to Simplicity, to feeling light this fall season.

Cheers to Simple, Delicious Meals Your Family will LOVE!

Mediterranean Braised Chicken Thighs by Tasting Table

One Pot Wonder!! I usually make this early in the day when I have more time. Then simply leave the prepared dish in my Dutch Oven with a lid on it (stove off). Just before dinner, I bring it back to medium heat for 5-10 minutes and it’s ready to serve!!!

Add a side of arugula and viola!

Braised Chicken Thighs with Garlic, Lemon and Greek Olives

Poblano Skillet Enchiladas by What’s Gaby Cooking

I use organic, frozen corn to save time and also substitute Violife Dairy Free cheese for the shredded cheese the recipe calls for.

Poblano Skillet Enchiladas from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Veggie Kitchari by Camille Styles

I’m so excited for warm, nourishing meals like this! The weather is chilling out a bit and it’s time to get cozy! Here’s a plant based meal I fell in love with at the beginning of COVID. It’s simple, flavorful & filling! We enjoyed our Kitchari with baked pita! It reheats really well!!

One Pan Zucchini and 3 Cheese Lasagna by Half Baked Harvest

We usually make the Super Easy One Pot Lasagna by Primal Palette, but this one’ by Half Baked Harvest is a little more decadent and delish! The flavor profile will knock your socks off! Make it on a Monday to really elevate your week!

overhead photo of One Pan Zucchini and 3 Cheese Lasagna

If you are loving the Italian inspired layers of healthy and delicious, this recipe is for you! Super simple GF & DF!

Dairy Free Zucchini Roll-Ups by Defined Dish!

Dairy-Free Zucchini Roll-Ups in Easy Bolognese Sauce

Slow Roast Salmon by Happy Dinner ATX

This one has been on my rotation for YEARS! A well loved staple that is so much simpler than it seems!


Thai Red Curry Shrimp Lettuce Wraps by Defined Dish

I discovered this over the summer and we love it!! It’s super light and flavorful! Sure to take you out of your dinner recipe rut!

Happy Dinner Turkey Chili

Nothing like coming home to a big pot of chili! I make mine in the Dutch Oven but it’s also yummy in a Slow Cooker!!

Happy Dinner Turkey Chili

Author: Cortney Zieky


  • Dutch Oven


  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 20 FL oz Trader Joe's Organic Chicken Bone Broth
  • 1 1/2 lbs Organic Ground Turkey
  • 1 small sweet white onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 3 large celery stalks diced
  • 1 can Eden Organic Kidney Beans
  • 1 can Eden Organic Blacnk Beans
  • 1 can Muir Glen Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes

A few shakes of Thyme, Trader Joe's Umami seasoning, + Salt & Pepper

    Avocado, Scallions and Pico De Gallo for topping


      • Heat Olive oil & Ghee in your Dutch Oven
      • Add onions and saute for 3-5 minutes
      • Add ground turkey to the dutch oven and season with Thyme, Unami Seasoning, Salt & Pepper to taste
      • Add bell peppers & celery and continue to saute until turkey is cooked through
      • Add the Chicken Bone Broth, beans and canned tomatoes. Turn down heat to Medium and allow Chili to simmer for 30-60 minutes.
      • Enjoy with a big chunk of GF Cornbread, scallions, avocado and a scoop of pico de gallo

      White Chicken, Sweet Potato Chili by Paleo Running Mama

      This Chicken Chili is also a slow cooker staple! It has a chicken tortilla soup vibe!


      Slow Cooker Carnitas & Kale Salad by Kelly LeVeque

      I can’t even count how many times this recipe has saved me for Taco Tuesday! At least once a month. I’ve also made it for countless lazy Saturday afternoons by the pool. It’s so yummy! Our entire family loves it and it’s EASY!


      If you have a little time to man the grill, This Korean Style Hanger Steak has become a family dinner staple!! Maybe save it for a Friday when you have a little more time to take a breather!

      Which dinner recipe will you try first?!

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