Back-to-School Meal ideas

Posted by Tara Dunsmore in Back-to-School, Blog, recipes on Sun, Aug 26, 2012

Once the kids go back to school, meal times can get a bit more hectic. Here are some of my favorite recipes to help make mealtimes run smoothly this school year.


Breakfast recipes that will help get your kids up and out the door on time in the mornings.

These Make-Ahead Oatmeal smoothies, courtesy of The Yummy Life, look amazingly easy to prepare, and tasty to boot. You can literally hand this to your kid as they are walking out the door and they can drink it on the way to school. This smoothie can also be made in multiple flavors. Here is the recipe for the Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie. For other tasty varieties you can check out her full blog.

For another healthy breakfast-on-the-go option, these Delish-Nutrish Carrot Cake Muffins are so tasty, your kids will never suspect all of the nutrition packed inside. This recipe contains fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fiber, and protein-but there is no need to tell your kids how healthy they are, right?

Stuff for the Lunch Box

Your kids won’t want to trade these lunches for anything!

Are your kids tired of the same old PB&J? Can’t say I blame them! (Confession, I used to throw away my PB&J every single day in elementary school until a friend outed me to my mom on a field trip.) If I ever found this Peanutty Apple Sandwich in my lunchbox I bet I would have eaten every bite! If your school has a no peanut rule, try soy nut butter in place of the peanut butter. Kids most likely won’t even notice the difference, especially when it’s mixed with the apricot and mustard. I am thinking about trying it with Apple Butter as well for a different twist.

How about sending the kids a hot lunch for a change? Yes, in the lunchbox. I found this recipe for Lunch Box Hotdogs. It’s not really a recipe so much as extremely simple advice on how to keep the hotdog warm and ready-to-eat at lunchtime. I’m sure your kids will be thrilled to open their lunch box and find all the fixings for a hotdog inside!

Don’t forget the Snacks

No kid wants to be the one with the boring old apple in their lunchbox.

That doesn’t mean you can’t slip in some fruit and other healthy sides. All kids love fruit roll-ups right? What I don’t love is the high fructose corn syrup and other added ingredients they put in them. Not to mention, you can make them for way cheaper yourself. This recipe will give you 12 Apricot Fruit Rolls and you can substitute the apricot for any other dried fruit of your choosing. It’s always nice to know the fruit you are putting in your kids mouth actually contains real fruit.

Quick and Easy Dinners

Squeeze in a healthy family meal in between sports practices, homework, and PTA meetings.

School nights can get so hectic, especially if you have more than one child involved in extra curricular activities. But, with a little planning, you can still find time to sit down for a meal together. Your slow cooker can be a lifesaver if you want to have a hot meal prepared with very little work involved (my kind of meal.) This CrockPot Chicken Tortilla Soup is perfect for chilly fall evenings and doesn’t require much more than throwing a bunch of ingredients in a pot and walking away for 8 hours. Another quick prep meal is this Asparagus and Ham Casserole. With prep and baking time, you can have a hot, tasty dinner on the table in 35 minutes! One last dinner recipe that your family will love (and your husband might start requesting) are these CrockPot Italian Sausage Hoagies. These could even be eaten in the car or on the go if you are in a real rush.

All of these recipes and many more can be found in our recipe database. Do you have a favorite recipe you would like to share with us? You can submit it here and we will publish it for you!

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About Tara Dunsmore

Tara is a single mom from Frederick, Maryland just trying to keep up with her crazy life. When she's not at the park with her Boo Boo you can find her either at her day job right here at Tots2Tweens or at her second job as a Jamberry Independent Consultant. Tara spends her days at Tots2Tweens searching for fun family activities and interesting content to share with our readers. Events, recipes, parenting articles and resources…if you live in MD/DC/VA/PA Tots2Tweens is the place to find it. She spends a lot of time on Pinterest and Facebook sharing her finds with our followers. Tara also volunteers her time as the Administrative Coordinator for the charitable photographer's network, Shoots for a Cure.You can read more about Tara's crazy life on her blog i heart my crazy life or follow her on twitter: @heartmycrzylife.

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