Back-to-School Favorites: Breakfast, Lunch and Family Meals
By Melissa Page
School’s about to kick in! When your kids get back into full swing with classes and homework, you’ll also have to work on an assignment yourself: making sure your family gets the delicious and healthy meals they deserve.
However, with kids needing rides to school and back, deadlines at work, and the long list of chores, it’s quite hard to whip up a decent meal for your family within budget. Need help? Here are quick and easy meal ideas to help you save time, money, and keep your kids focused and healthy.
School kids need breakfast but often complain at the thought of eating during busy mornings. One good idea is to make breakfasts easy to grab and go. Jumpstart your school day with these easy meals:
Pizzas are not only for dinners! Make them small enough to fit into your kids” hands. For a more breakfast feel, you can top it with scrambled eggs. The result? A combination of two kid favorites – pizza and scrambled eggs – that adults will also love.
Citrus berry smoothie
A great source of carbohydrates and powerful antioxidants, this smoothie can be prepared in just 5 minutes! What I normally do is feed the berries, dry milk, orange juice, honey, and vanilla into the hopper of and blend until smooth. This meal-in-a-glass is great for active kids and adults.
Kids cannot live on bread with PB&J alone. Instead of packing the average sandwich for lunch, why not surprise your children with these unique treats?
Spaghetti with spinach and sausage
Are your kids tired of cafeteria spaghetti? This version of your kids” well-loved spaghetti has sliced chicken sausage and fresh spinach. I would recommend adding bread sticks and an apple.
Egg salad bento lunch
Make room for this hearty lunch and snack all in one. Bento lunches are exciting and fun to eat. For this recipe, spoon the egg salad into a lettuce bowl. Toss bananas and blueberries with yogurt. For the afternoon, chocolates and pistachios will do.
Fast family dinners
Are you geared up for the busy evenings of helping your kids with homework and other after-school activities? These quick recipes won’t get in the way.
Don’t worry, the basic lasagna ingredients are still there – cheese, pasta, tomatoes – we just skip the layering and long baking time by cooking the ingredients (except pasta) over a hot skillet. For meat lovers, add crumbled turkey sausage with garlic and onions.
Baked chicken in barbecue sauce
Baked chicken is a low-maintenance dinner endeavor and a healthy way to prepare at the same time. A meal that would please even the picky eaters, chicken baked in barbecue sauce remain effortlessly tender and moist.
Keep everyone happy and healthy with these tasty meals! Any other ideas?