15 New And Easy Back-To-School Meals That’ll Become Part Of Your Weeknight Rotation Forever

Whether you're busy because you're working all the time, you're a parent, or simply because you would rather not spend hours in the kitchen, these minimal-effort meals are about to make cooking easier for you! I'm Krista, and I started making "zero eFFFort" meals because I am a mom who works full-time — turns out a lot of people like them, so I am going to share some of my most popular staples so far this year. Here we go...

NOTE: I will share the video recipe so you can watch along/see if it entices you, and share a breakdown of the ingredients and the full recipe in print below.

1. Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice

This first recipe is one people say is great for meal prepping — and I totally agree. Bust out the Crock-Pot, here's how you make it!

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2.Dump and Bake Chicken Marinara

This recipe is the definition of DUMP DINNER. It takes no prep, and all you have to do is wait for it to bake!

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3.Crock-Pot Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Soup

Even though this next one has the most ingredients out of all of my recipes, it truly is really easy — and I feel I need to include it because it's always a hit!

Enchilada stew

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4.Instant Ramen Upgrade

Even if you HATE instant ramen, you have to try this one. It tastes homemade, and I make it in, like, 10 minutes!

Instant ramen

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5.Deep Dish Mini Pizzas Made Easy

This one is super fun to make with your kids! You use the bottom of a cup to create a thick crust, and it's adult-approved, too!

Mini Deep Dish Pizzas

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6.Creamy Taco Turkey Chili

Even people who aren't fond of soup love this recipe — it is great with turkey or ground beef!

Turkey chili

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7.Super Easy Dump Dumpling Soup

This one-pot recipe levels up some frozen dumplings, and it was actually a suggestion from a viewer that I tweaked a bit, and a lot of people have since added their own spin!

Dumpling soup

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8.Homemade Breakfast Uncrustables To-Go

With this recipe, you can get breakfast ready for the whole week in one fell swoop! Just freeze and reheat.

Homemade Breakfast Uncrustables To-Go

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9. Creamy Slow Cooker Rice, Chicken, and Veggies

This is a Crock-Pot dinner that doesn't take all day to bake — it is ready in an hour and a half; it's perfect if you gotta go run some quick errands while it's cooking!

Creamy Slow Cooker Rice, Chicken, and Veggies

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10. Air Fryer Cheeseburger Eggroll Wraps

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Now this one can be a meal served with a salad — or if you have a growing teen like me, it can just be a snack, haha! The best part about this recipe is older kids can make these themselves (my son does)!

Air Fryer Cheeseburger Eggroll Wraps

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11. One Pan Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole

This one truly is versatile as a party dip — or a full-blown meal. It is creamy, a little spicy, and so delicious!

One Pan Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole

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12.Extra Crispy Baked Honey BBQ Chicken Wings

So a lot of people think chicken wings are hard to make, but I am here to tell you they are not! This super easy recipe can be made in the oven — or air fryer as one person suggested.

Extra Crispy Baked Honey BBQ Chicken Wings

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13.Creamy Chicken Spaghetti

This tried and true chicken spaghetti is also great in the oven if you don't want to use a slow cooker!

chicken spaghetti

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14.One Pan Chicken and Dumpling Bake

This chicken dish can be made with egg noodles for a chicken noodle bake or biscuits so it's more like chicken and dumplings! This one always gives people the nostalgia.

Chicken bake

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15. Giant Quesadilla Dinner

And this last one is super fun to make! It is a giant taco/quesadilla twist that can be made in a cinch!

Giant Quesadilla Dinner

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6 burrito-sized tortillas1 pound ground beef1 packet taco seasoning1 red bell pepperShredded Mexican-style cheese2 TBSP melted butterBrown ground beef with a packet of taco seasoning. Place tortillas over an oven-safe pan and add cooked ground beef, shredded cheese, and chopped red bell pepper on top. Place two tortillas on top of the mixture and fold over, sealing with melted butter (see video for a how-to). Put parchment paper on top, cover with another baking sheet, and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15–20 minutes.

If you have an easy, go-to weeknight meal to share, let us know in the comments, and come join us on TikTok and Instagram for more easy recipe ideas! ❤️