Here are my favorite recipes for breakfasts to feel good about, lunchbox options, and weeknight dinners you can get on the table without losing your mind.
Breakfast on a school day should fill you up and feed your brain, without taking forever to make or to clean up. In my book, that means not only things that are quick to make in the morning, but also things you can make ahead and reheat for a quick breakfast through the week. Check out the Notes section in the pancakes and oatmeal recipes for turning the weekend breakfast into quick leftovers through the week.
Half the flour in this recipe is whole wheat flour. This makes for a more substantial breakfast, without dramatically changing the taste. You can make a big batch and rewarm them for a quick, nourishing breakfast during the week.
Berries, yogurt and milk. Drinkable breakfast or snack.
Crunchy and delicious, as granola should be, with a hint of coconut. For a breakfast that feels as good as it tastes.
Coconutty rolled oats topped with blueberries and bananas make for one of the most delicious (and healthiest) ways to start your day. Best of all, it cooks in 5 minutes.
Nubby steel-cut oats spiked with cinnamon, drizzled with maple syrup, and topped with fruit and nuts of your choice. Morning perfection in a bowl.
These have all been winners in my house (and at the lunch table at school) over the years. And many of them are also things kids may be able to make themselves. Score!
Chicken, avocados, tomatoes and cilantro rolled up with a black bean spread. Simple-but-fun recipe kids can make for their own lunches.
Beer-simmered seasoned ground beef and refried beans rolled into a burrito with cheese and herbs. You can make it ahead and freeze it. Or heck, just eat it now.
Classic garlicky dip or spread for pita, veggies, sandwiches, wraps and more.
Named "miracle" tuna by my son's elementary school friends, who said it was a "miracle" because every kid loved it - even kids who didn't like tuna!
Minced carrot-tops with basil, garlic and parmigiano-reggiano make the perfect dip for carrots - or any other veggie!
These are some of my go-to recipes for getting a weeknight dinner on the table between homework, sports, play rehearsal, carpool, walking the dog, and everything else. Some are quick, others are hands-off, and all are simple. (BTW, I’ve recently been taking Melissa Clark’s advice - slowing down a couple of times a week to cook dinner with a drink in my hand, music on the kitchen speaker, and a votive candle on the table. Give it a shot!)
Get chicken on the table in about 30 minutes for an easy weeknight dinner, or a simple-but-nice entree for a crowd.
A vegetarian burger where the cheese IS the burger. Halloumi cheese stands right up to browning directly in the griddle or on the grill, so you can skip the meat entirely. Slathered with garlic-mayo and topped with all the fixins, so you’re good to go.
Easy baked chicken with the sweet tang of apricot juice and Worcestershire umami. Super simple prep, then nearly all the cooking time is hands-off.
Surprisingly easy classic Filipino dish that everyone will love. Super simple to make, and so tasty, you’ll want to plan ahead for leftovers.
Carrots, celery, corn, herbs, and whatever else you bring home from the farmer’s market, simmered with chicken and alphabet noodles.
A sheet pan dinner that helps you clean the pan. (Seriously!) Plus, salmon-asparagus-garlicky-lemony goodness.
Possibly one of the world's best comfort foods.
Crispy tortilla topped with creamy beans, cool avocados and crunchy, spicy Pico de Gallo make a casual dinner, lunch or snack everyone will love.
Crispy fried tostadas with hot, creamy beans and crunchy cold toppings. Like a gourmet party-salad on an edible plate - easy and delicious casual dinner, lunch or snack.
Pork chops seared and braised on the stovetop in white wine and herbs. Simple enough for a weeknight, but sophisticated enough for any occasion.
Creamy, cheesy, pasta-y and really doesn't take much longer than the boxed version.
Sweet or spicy Italian-style sausages, braised in a little beer with soft, sweet peppers and onions. Easy weeknight dinner or football-watching crowd-pleaser.
Pasta with ricotta cheese, sauteed Tuscan kale, cherry tomatoes and lots of love. Quick, satisfying weeknight dinner or side.
One of the quickest and simplest ways to make a truly nice dinner, any night of the week.