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

    Somedays your brain is just too fried to cook 😵‍💫 (pun intended). Don't worry, I've got ya covered with these super easy meals.

    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!

    Screenshot of Krista's TikTok

    INGREDIENT LIST + RECIPE

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

    Screenshot from Krista's Instagram

    INGREDIENT LIST + RECIPE

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

    INGREDIENT LIST + RECIPE

    10. Air Fryer Cheeseburger Eggroll Wraps

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    If your kid is always starving after school, I got you with this EASY SNACK 😋 #afterschoolsnack #easyrecipe #airfryerrecipes #eggrollsrecipe

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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

    INGREDIENT LIST + RECIPE

    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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    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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    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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    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

    INGREDIENT LIST + RECIPE

    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! ❤️