Today, I will share convenient, easy, and delicious back-to-school recipes that include side dishes, desserts, and dinner ideas. 

This guide covers everything from kids-friendly fruit leather and chicken tenders to delicious bread and protein snacks.


We all need no no-fuss, budget-friendly, and healthy recipes to feed our family; all the recipes in this guide are family-tested and approved. 

My first goal is always to provide healthier food to my kids, but this doesn’t mean I compromise on taste. All the recipes on the list are tasty, fillings, and delicious. And you will surely find something new to make during those busy back-to-school days. 

1- Homemade Raspberry Fruit Leather

This homemade raspberry fruit leather is my kid’s favorite snack for lunch box. This treat’s raspberry and lemon juice makes it so refreshing and delicious. 

Homemade Raspberry Fruit leather features a tart and sweet taste and is super easy to make. You can also take it on hikes, picnics, or outdoor gatherings. 


Crispy from the outside and juicy on the inside, these taco chicken tenders deliver ultimate satisfaction with every bite. 

Serve these chicken tenders with salsa dip or spicy or tangy dips. The great thing about them is that they’re coated with homemade gluten-free breadcrumbs.


From start to end, these easy sheet pan chicken fajitas come out in under 35 minutes. Perfect for busy weekend nights and parties 

The spicy and tangy marinated chicken with crunchy veggies in tortillas gives a filling and delicious taste that can fulfill your cravings for fast food. 

4- Best Pasta Fagioli Recipe

This healthy pasta Fagioli recipe is nourishing, cozy, and incredibly budget-friendly. It features cannellini beans, crunchy vegetables, tomato sauce, and fresh herbs. 

Feel free to add meat or spinach to make it more healthier. You can prepare this soup in a crockpot, instant pot, or stovetop. 

5- Baked Caprese Chicken Recipe

If you’re looking for a high-protein recipe that is easy to make and delicious, try this baked capers chicken breast topped with mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes, and basil. 

Served it with your favorite pasta, grilled vegetables, or rice, or you can use any dip for this chicken breast. It comes out so juicy and succulent; your kids will love it too!


Here is what to make if you’re craving a crispy pizza crust. This savory breakfast pizza features browned pork sausage, sweet red bell pepper, scallions, scrambled eggs, and cheddar cheese for a complex blast of flavors. 

Use the ready-made pizza dough to speed up the preparation time. Top it with diced tomatoes, pickled jalapeños, or baby spinach for an appealing texture. 


You might have tried many breads, but this lemon blueberry bread is unique because it features both zesty and sweet flavors.

The lemon and blueberries together make the best contrast, and the vanilla extract with milk makes it a further filling and heart treat for those back-to-school busy days. 

8- Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

If you’re on the hunt to try a new and different recipe that is healthy and delicious, look no further than this double chocolate Zucchini bread. 

This bread is fluffy and moist and looks better than your bakery bread. Use the ground espresso to infuse the flavors of coffee in the bread. 

9- Funfetti Banana Bread

This banana bread requires minimal ingredients and effort; this treat often reminds me of my grandmother’s era. And I often make it on birthdays and parties. 

The spongy and soft texture makes this bread so special and delightful. Where as, sprinkles and almond extract make this Funfetti banana bread colorful and delicious. 

10- Protein Snack Pack

Nothing is more healthy and high in protein than these protein snack packs, made with almonds, hard-boiled eggs, hummus, and crunchy veggies. 

You will get 34 grams of protein and another healthy nutrient per serving. These snack packs are perfect to take on picnics, or you can make them for a busy lunch.  

11- Classic Vegan Granola Bars

These classic vegan granola bars are healthy, crunchy, and delicious. Featuring wholesome oats, nuts, fruits, and drizzled chocolate. 

These granola bars are perfect for both kids and adults. You can make a large batch and store them for convenience and later use.


If you’re looking for spicy snacks for your kid’s lunch box or to eat in the office, try this Cajun snack mix made with Pretzels, Rice Chex Cereal, Corn Chex Cereal, and tangy cajun seasoning.

Thankfully, this Cajun snack only takes 5 minutes for preparation. It’s a versatile treat; you can add cajun sesame sticks, bagel chips, corn sticks and more. 

13- Healthy biscoff protein balls

Not only me, but my kids are also big fans of these healthy biscoff protein balls. A powerhouse of protein that you can also use for post workouts. 

These protein balls are super delicious and perfect to satisfy your cravings for something sweet.

14- Chicken Chow Mein 

This Chicken chow mein is a Classic Chinese treat made with linguine pasta or noodles, vegetables, and chicken. The oyster and soy sauce dressing makes it a more savory and delicious meal. 

From start to end, this recipe takes only 20 minutes. 

15- Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls Recipe

Here is what to make when you’re craving juicy chicken bites. These sweet and sour chicken balls are better than any Chinese restaurant takeout. 

Serve these chicken balls with a sweet and sour Chinese sauce– a famous Chinese sauce that pairs well with this recipe. You can also use any other dip that satisfies your taste buds. 

16- Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

These mini chocolate chip cookies are the best option if you’re looking for a kids-friendly back-to-school recipe. This one requires no hand mixer, no chill time, just scoop and bake the dough.

The cookies come out so crispy, buttery and incredibly delicious. These chocolate chip cookies are also perfect for feeding large gatherings and parties. 

17- Mini Banana Muffins

These mini banana muffins are refreshing, moist, and fluffy. The cinnamon and nutmeg in these muffins make them super delicious. 

Perfect for breakfast or a snack, they are easy to make and loved by kids and adults. Plus, they are a great way to use up overripe bananas.

18- School Cafeteria Cookies

School Cafeteria cookies are what make my kids happy. Made with peanut butter, beaten eggs, all-purpose flour, baking soda and brown sugar, creating a delightful balance of flavors and a soft, chewy texture.

19- Back to School Apple Cupcakes

These back-to-school Apple cupcakes look so fancy and mouthwatering. Topped with fluffy buttercream frosting and decorated to resemble an apple. Your kids will adore these adorable apple cupcakes.

20- Lemon Pepper Chicken 

lemon pepper chicken

If you’re looking for a refreshing and tangy chicken that melts in your mouth, try this Lemon pepper chicken. This lemon pepper chicken is made with fewer spices and effort and will surely satisfy your taste buds. 

Serve it with a warm tortilla or plain white rice. You can add a few variations in the marinate to make the chicken more flavorful. 

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