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Easy Dinner Ideas

Aug 15, 2018·by Jessica Rotondi

Easy dinner ideas for back to school are a must for keeping your weekday routine moving smoothly. Between soccer practice, dance rehearsals, and late nights at the office, finding time to cook a family meal can be tricky. Enter Boxed. These easy dinner recipes can be thrown together from what’s in your pantry. And when your pantry is stocked with bulk favorites from Boxed, you don’t have to run out -- to the takeout place down the street or the grocery store after a long day. Save time and money with these easy dinner ideas the whole family will love.

Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

These oh-so-easy homemade soup is as comforting as it is quick to make. It’s made with five canned ingredients, low in fat, and high in fiber -- making it a weeknight winner in our book.



  1. Combine all canned ingredients in a sauce pan.
  2. Simmer over medium heat until chicken is warm.
  3. Sprinkle tortilla chips on top and serve.

Meal-Worthy Mac and Cheese

To us, macaroni and cheese is perfect. The perfectionist in us, however, always goes the extra mile to make a quick dinner idea even better. One of our favorite things to do as a family is get creative with our mac and cheese toppings. This combo is one of our tried-and-true favorites, but you can improvise and add the things you and your family love. Food is more fun when you can choose your own topping adventure!



  1. Boil pasta as directed on box.
  2. While the pasta is boiling, boil fresh broccoli until it’s just cooked.
  3. Combine the pasta and broccoli, stirring in the cheese sauce.
  4. Heat chicken on high in microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds, or until warm.
  5. Combine chicken with pasta and broccoli mix and serve

Ssäm Sauce Pizza

Your family will love making this easy pizza recipe together. The Momofuku Ssäm Sauce adds an elevated kick grownups will love, too.



  1. Top pizza crusts with pineapple, pepperoni, Ssäm Sauce, onion and cheese, and broil until the cheese is melted.

Ready-in-Minutes Tortellini

Barilla Collezione Tortellini is crafted the traditional Italian way with a centuries-old Italian recipe: a perfectly balanced trifecta of sweet Swiss Emmenthal, light Ricotta, and nutty Grana Padano. This pasta is so good, all it needs is a little red sauce to make it sing.



  1. Add a teaspoon of Prince & Spring olive oil to 2 quarts of water. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add pasta and cook as directed on package.
  3. While pasta is cooking, heat sauce in a saucepan until hot.
  4. Drain pasta and transfer to bowl.
  5. Add red sauce and serve.

Image credit: Eat.Drink.Frolic.

Feel-Better Soup & Crackers

As we begin to slide into the crispness of fall, comforting soup and cracker combos are a must. The new Well Yes! soups from Campbell’s are made from natural ingredients you can pronounce, so you can feel good feeding it your family. We’re partial to the variety pack that comes with sweet potato corn chowder and chicken noodle soup.



  1. Heat soup as directed on can
  2. Pair with crackers (the cheddar cheese are especially yummy with soup!) and serve. Bonus: This easy dinner idea is also a brilliant school lunch idea when you put the soup in a thermos -- the crackers are ready to go wherever your child does!

There you have it; five easy dinner ideas ready in minutes. Here's to a school year full of new adventures, family dinners, and fun. Check back soon for even more easy dinner recipes from Boxed.

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