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Back to school means parent-teacher meetings, soccer games, piano lessons and that gymnastics class your daughter begged you to sign up for—aka minimal time to cook dinner and even less energy to convince your kiddo to try broccoli. Luckily, all you have to do is follow our handy meal plan to please everyone in the fam, little ones included. 

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September 1: Baked Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

Fun fact: Quinoa is a complete protein. It’s also gluten-free.

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September 2: Buffalo Chicken Tater Tot Nachos (Totchos)

Sorry, but Mom needs to taste these first to make sure they’re not poisonous.

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September 3: Eggplant Pizza

Get the kids to help you make this easy veggie dish.

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September 4: Cauliflower Sweet Potato Burgers

You’ll love this low-carb recipe just as much as the little ones.

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September 5: Pancake Tacos with Cheese and Bacon

Breakfast for dinner: exciting every time.

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September 6: Roasted Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese

Serve with a side of peas and dinner’s done.

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September 7: Rainbow Vegetable Sandwich

Whoa, rainbows really do have magical powers.

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September 8: Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage

Bonus: This crowd-pleaser is less than $5 a serving.

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September 9: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Casserole

All of the greatest hits combined.

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September 10: Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Double the recipe and stash half in the freezer for nights when you’re tempted to order in.

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September 11: Pizza Quesedillas with Dipping Sauce

Pepperoni-stuffed cheesy pockets, where were you when we were growing up?

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September 12: Buffalo Cauliflower Nuggets

Saucy and flavorful (but not too spicy).

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September 13: Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders

A classic that never quits.

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September 14: Eggplant Parm Casserole

For those nights when you need a hearty meal that'll satisfy your whole crew.

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September 15: Rainbow Thai Chicken Salad

Trust us, kids will love the peanut butter dressing.

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September 16: The Ultimate Chicken Potpie

Oh hi, old friend.

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September 17: Polenta Ragu Casserole

As satisfying as lasagna, minus the fussy, fragile noodles.

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September 18: Roasted Broccoli and Bacon Pasta Salad

Now this is a salad preschoolers can get behind.

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September 19: The Ultimate Pasta Pie

Seal the deal by telling everyone you’re serving pie for dinner.

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September 20: BLT Tacos

Bacon wins every time.

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September 21: General Tso’s Cauliflower

Wayyy better than takeout.

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September 22: Baking Sheet Quesadillas

Bookmark this one for when the kids havefriends over: It’s ready in 20 minutes uses only one dish.

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September 23: Chef’s Salad

A salad made with deli meat? Quick, easy and brilliant.

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September 24: Garlic Breaded Roast Chicken Breast

Crispy chicken—without frying—right this way.

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September 25: Cauliflower “Tater” Tots

Don’t forget the ketchup.

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September 26: Cheesy Kale Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Havarti and Garlic

The single best way to get kids to eat kale.

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September 27: Carrot Pasta

The ultimate answer to “How do I get my kids to eat more veggies?”

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September 28: Swedish Meatballs

Let the whole fam know it’s hygge night.

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September 29: Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Our favorite cruciferous veggie strikes again.

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September 30: Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

So good, the kids (and you) will want to lick their plates.

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