Back to School Recipes Your Kitchen Can Handle

Kids everywhere will soon be gearing up to get back to school. That not only means homework, tests, and field trips, but also sports, music lessons, and other extra-curricular activities that keep families going at full speed. Dinnertime becomes an especially important part of the day that lets families relax and reconnect. Try these 5 back to school recipes that are healthy, delicious, and easy to prepare any night of the week.

One Pot Pizza Pasta Bake
Here’s a crowd-pleasing one-pot meal that the whole family will love.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces spicy Italian sausage, casing removed
  • ½ cup mini pepperoni, divided
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 ounces rotini pasta
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to broil.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium high heat. Add Italian sausage and cook until browned, about 5 minutes, making sure to crumble the sausage as it cooks.
  3. Drain excess fat and stir in ¼ cup pepperoni until heated through, about 1 minute.
  4. Stir in tomato sauce, oregano, basil garlic powder, pasta and 2 cups of water and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer about 12 minutes until pasta is cooked through.
  6. Remove from heat, top with mozzarella and remaining ¼ cup pepperoni. Place into oven and cook until melted and golden brown, about 2 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Oven Fried Chicken
This tastes so delicious that no one will ever guess that the chicken is baked, not fried.

Ingredients

  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1½ cups Panko
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. In another large bowl, combine Panko, paprika, and vegetable oil.
  5. Working one at a time, dredge chicken in the flour, dip into the egg mixture, then dredge in the Panko mixture, pressing to coat.
  6. Place chicken onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the chicken is completely cooked through.

Asian Salmon in Foil
This is the ideal back to school recipe because it’s easy, flavorful, and the use of foil makes clean-up so much easier.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha, optional
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 pounds salmon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together honey, garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, Sriracha and pepper, to taste.
  4. Place salmon onto the prepared baking sheet and fold up all 4 sides of the foil. Spoon the honey mixture over the salmon. Fold the sides of the foil over the salmon, covering completely and sealing the packet closed.
  5. Place into oven and bake until cooked through, about 20 minutes. Open the packet and broil for 3 minutes, or until the top of the salmon is caramelized and slightly charred.

Cheesy Avocado Quesadillas
These no-fuss quesadillas are an absolute must for those busy weeknights. It’s not only a great back to school recipe for dinner, but the leftovers are perfect for the next day’s lunch boxes as well.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon taco mix
  • 1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chiles
  • 8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • 2 avocados, peeled, halved, pitted and sliced
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks.
  4. Drain excess fat and stir in taco seasoning and green chiles. Set aside.
  5. Top tortilla with ground beef mixture, avocado and cheddar, and then top with another tortilla. Repeat with remaining tortillas to make 4 quesadillas.
  6. Place quesadillas onto the prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and bake until the cheese has melted, about 10 minutes.

Korean Beef Bowl
This simple, savory dish tastes just like Korean barbeque and takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon sesame seeds

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and ginger.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks. Drain excess fat.
  4. Stir in soy sauce mixture and green onions until well combined, allowing to simmer until heated through, about 2 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately, garnished with green onion and sesame seeds, if desired.

Ready to try these tasty back to school recipes? Then you’ll need to make sure that you have the right kitchen appliances. There’s still time to get over to Reno’s Appliance before summer ends so your kitchen is ready to feed your family throughout the school year.

Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.</p