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5 Dinner Options For Back-To-School

Is it #BackToSchool time where you are? For us weeknight dinners are a challenge. Here are 5 GREAT options to make dinnertime awesome #ad #PJGlutenFreeCrust

Mmm… pizza.

Let that one sink in, because we’re definitely going to circle back to it soon! The thing is, we used to always have pizza night on Friday nights. Then, Scarlet helpfully pointed out that the school lunch is pizza at her school – and soon Des’ school – and that just gives us a chance to make pizza night on Monday or Tuesday. Even Wednesday! Whenever! Not only that, these are healthier pizza options. I can’t wait to talk about them! Dinnertime is now less of a struggle around here. Whew.

It used to be my toughest time of day. It’s that time of year of fall/winter and the fading sunlight. Then there are hungry pets, hungry kids, and a limited amount of time to focus on homework, snack, cleanup, quality time together before dinner. Scarlet had the awesome idea to write up a meal plan so that we’d at least have an idea of what we wanted at any day of the week. For example, Saturday is always pasta night because we have a pasta maker at home and we need time to make that fresh pasta! Mondays are always some sort of salad, Tuesdays involve soup, etc. And we get creative every night.

Here are our top 5 weeknight dinner ideas for back to school time:

1 – Individual Chicken Noodle Pot Pies. My kids LOVE these. They’re individually portioned and full of kid-friendly food. For the recipe, head here. They’re easy and perfect for back to school. You can customize them a different way every week.

2 – Vegetable Tortellini Salad. This is truly my kids’ favorite salad. They’re not big on dressing, so this is a great way to combine some of our garden vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, late summer berries, and tortellini in one dish.

3 – Take Taco Tuesday to new heights! Sometimes, we have tacos. And sometimes we have Taco Salad! Sometimes, I’m enterprising enough to make Quinoa Taco Salad. It’s full of protein and flavor, and definitely fills us all up.

4 – Grilled cheese. We have a grilled cheese night at our house (I think on Wednesdays?) and it’s fun to mix it up. Try it with ham, pickles and pineapple, or any of the above! Choose Swiss instead of cheddar. Such good options!

5 – Pizza night. We’re new fans of Papa John’s. When he started the company over 30 years ago, it was with a commitment to provide families with the highest-quality ingredients on the menu. He believed that with the best ingredients, he could create better pizzas for everyone. I took my kids to our nearest location for Carryout for our latest pizza night.

We got the all-new Ancient Grains Gluten Free Crust. It’s crafted from never-frozen dough and ancient grains, like Sorghum, Teff, Amaranth, and Quinoa. It’s thin & crispy with a uniquely delicious flavor. We added cheddar cheese!

You can try your own Papa John’s NEW Gluten-Free Crust with Ancient Grains for $9.99, using the promo code: GLTN2T. This promo code is for a small 2-Topping Gluten-Free Crust Pizza. You can have tons of fun choosing your own toppings!

What toppings would YOU put on your Papa John’s NEW Gluten-Free Crust with Ancient Grains?

What’s your favorite weeknight dinner?

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