New school schedules, new extracurricular activities, and maybe even new work schedules present major organizational and planning challenges in a household. Getting organized in the kitchen can help ease a lot of the daily stress because we all have to eat! Here are 5 back to school suggestions to help you get organized for meal time.
1 – Plan ahead – Creating a menu plan for the week (or month) practically eliminates the daily stress of figuring what to make for dinner. If you pack lunches for your kids or for yourself during the week, add that to the menu plan too. Set a day to figure out your plan, create your shopping list, and go forth. Also, try sticking with the tried-and-true recipes during the week and save the new recipes for the weekends.
2 – Batch cooking – Freezer meals to the rescue. These prepared meals are great especially on those nights where you have about 30 minutes to eat between planned activities. You can also portion out individual servings so you’re not heating up a whole pan of lasagna or casserole for 3 kids. Unless, they are 3 kids who are football players.
3 – Cooking for the week – No freezer space? Take that weekly menu plan of yours and cook as much as you can on Sunday night and refrigerate. Try roasting a bunch of vegetables, poaching chicken breasts or grilling a flank steak for lunches and dinners throughout the week.
4 – Prepping the night before – Set the table for breakfast the night before. Take out the frozen chicken or prepared meal for the following night. Pack lunches and snacks so it’s all grab-and-go in the morning.
5 – Cut yourself some slack – Designate one night as pizza night or take-out night during the week. No judgments here.
Try one or all the suggestions and before you know it, you’ll be running your kitchen like a well-oiled machine.
Join us for Sunday’s 7 p.m. ET Twitter chat when we share tips and recipes for all things back to school. This event is being hosted by DB aka Foodie Stuntman of Crazy Foodie Stunts and Caroline at Caroline’s Cooking. In the meantime, check out this week’s recipes:
Getting Started On School Days
- Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins by Caroline’s Cooking
- Caramel Apple Granola by What Smells So Good?
- Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars by Ruffles & Truffles
- Cinnamon Chocolate Overnight Oats by Whole Food | Real Families
- Funfetti French Toast by Brunch with Joy
- PB&J Muffins by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Ideas for the Lunchbox
- Grilled Chicken Sandwich by Cooking Chat
- Healthy Lunchbox Snack Mix by Noshing with the Nolands
- Mini Pepperoni Calzones by The Redhead Baker
- Turkey Bacon Ranch Wrap by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls by Curious Cuisiniere
After School Snacks and Beverages
- Back to School Cookies by The Freshman Cook
- Fruit ‘n Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bites by The Weekend Gourmet
- Quinoa, Oat and Pecan Blueberry-Peach Crumb Bars by Simply Healthy Family
- Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits by An Appealing Plan
- Mother’s Ruin Punch by Food Lust People Love
- “Nut Butter” Rice Crispy Balls by Books n’ Cooks
- Parmesan Crisps Recipe by Life Tastes Good
- Peanut Butter & Jelly Monkey Bread by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Apple Nachos by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Waffle Pizzas by Our Good Life
School Night Suppers
- Beef Peppers and Onions Burritos by Family Foodie
- One Pot Bacon-Cheeseburger Pasta by A Gouda Life
- Oven Fried Portabello Mushroom Fries by Food Done Light
- Peanut Chicken Cutlets by Magnolia Days
- Smoked Salmon Ravioli with Cream Sauce by Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Turmeric Chicken and Couscous by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Sweets to End the Day
- Gluten-Free Almond Joy Cupcakes by NinjaBaker
- M&M Chocolate Chunk Cookies by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
- Oreo Rice Krispy Treats by The Crumby Cupcake
- Paleo Cherry Blondies by Pies and Plots
- Plum Crumble Bars by Feeding Big
- Stuffed Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
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