8 Quick Weeknight Meals to Prepare This School Year

Transitioning from summer to a new school year can be chaotic. After-school activities and homework can end up consuming most of the evening, leaving little time to prepare dinner. However, you can still make sure your family gets a nutritious and delicious evening meal. These 8 dinner recipes are easy, healthy, and just what you need to help the family survive another school year.

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1. Pan-Seared Chicken With Shallot and Carrots

It only takes 25 minutes to prepare these tasty chicken thighs and tender vegetables. The Delish recipe only yields 1 serving, so you’ll want to be sure to prepare more to meet your family’s needs.


  • 2 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • Coarse salt
  • Ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 shallot, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)

Directions: Season chicken with salt and pepper; sprinkle both sides with flour. Heat a medium skillet over medium-low. Place chicken, skin side down, in skillet, and cook (without turning) until skin is browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Turn chicken over, and push to one side of skillet. Add shallot and carrots to other side of skillet, and season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing vegetables occasionally, until chicken is opaque throughout and vegetables are tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer chicken and vegetables to a plate, and sprinkle vegetables with parsley, if desired.