Easy Back To School Dinners After Lockdown

Tortillas Easy2name Dinner recipe ideas

As we’re all preparing to get back to normal, or should we say adjusting to a new normal after Covid-19, with the kids going back to school and more workplaces re-opening, we’re back to being away or less available for most of the day. That means little to almost no time to stand around in the kitchen making dinner for the family. We’ve gathered some really quick, easy, and most importantly, tasty dinner ideas to ease going back as much as possible.

Let’s start with the basics

In order to always be able to whip something together, a basic pantry is essential. Here are the most importing things you should always have in the house:

  • Rice (include some whole grain rice, such as brown rice)
  • Pasta (wholemeal and normal)
  • Flour
  • Oats
  • Sugar
  • Dried yeast
  • Salt, pepper, chilli, paprika, oregano
  • Onions and garlic
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Yoghurt
  • Ketchup, mustard, honey
  • Soy sauce
  • Fish sauce
  • Olive oil and/or coconut oil for healthier alternative
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Tomato puree
  • Beans
  • Nut butter

With this list you’re always able to create emergency meals like pancakes, tomato pasta and bread. Plus doing the groceries will from be a little bit easier from now on.

Roast chicken, sage and onion traybake

As it is now officially autumn and the weather has slightly turned, it’s time those lovely wholesome dishes are brought back on the menu. This specific one only takes 15 minutes to bring together and then 30 minutes in the oven. YUM

Traybake Easy2name Dinner recipe ideas

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Classic tomato spaghetti

Jamie Oliver surely knows what he’s doing in a kitchen and from the sound of this recipe it’s easy enough for the kids to participate should you want that. Sounds like a super good “seriously-busy- day” recipe.

Tomato Spagetti Easy2name Dinner recipe ideas

Image credit: Jamie Oliver

Vegetable pizza

Who doesn’t love pizza?  With all vegetables on top, it’s a healthier option and budget friendly. To make it EVEN EASIER use tortilla flatbreads as the base. Also, it’s important the vegetables are cut thinly so they cook through thoroughly and add to the texture – a peeler does this job well.

Vegetable pizza Easy2name Dinner recipe ideas

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Lasagne Soup

Autumn = soup, right? With this dish you get the best of two worlds: soup and lasagne. It contains red wine but can easily be left out. Just use more water or add in stock for flavouring. The kids will love this one.

Find the recipe here

Lasagne Soup Easy2name Dinner recipe ideas

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Buffalo Shrimp Tacos

Taco Tuesday, Taco Thursday – Taco everyday right?! There’s just something magic about tacos. And they’re so versatile. Here they come with buffalo sauce and shrimps. YUM dinner in 15 minutes!

Here’s the recipe

Buffalo Shrimp Tacos Easy2name Dinner recipe ideas

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Eat Your Greens One Pot Pasta

Don’t we all LOVE meals that make the little ones actually enjoy eating their greens?

Pasta, pesto and frozen vegetables for extra easy…. 1,2, dinner: check out the recipe!

One Pot Pasta Easy2name Dinner recipe ideas

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We’d love to hear what recipes you’ve been making food with – and remember, if you make larger portions, you’ll be able to save some for the next day! Just dish any leftovers in Tupperware boxes and don’t forget to label them with our Bright & Brilliant Large Stickers for a unique design and colourful label or our Original Stick-On Labels will also do the trick!