Tag: Back to School

Grab-and-Go Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings

by in Recipes, September 12th, 2016

Pancake ConesWhen you’re rushing to get everyone out the door on time, finding even a few minutes for breakfast can seem impossible. But not to worry — we’ve found recipes that make a filling morning meal completely doable. With some simple Sunday night prep, your whole family can enjoy all week long a delicious (and portable!) breakfast that’s ready in a flash.

Pancake Cones (pictured above)

Make multiple thin 6-inch pancakes on Sunday night and store them in the fridge. On a busy morning, warm one in the microwave for a few seconds before stuffing it with a couple of tablespoons of cottage cheese and your favorite jam. Roll it into a cone and you’re out the door.

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How to Have Cheesy Baked Pasta on the Table in Under an Hour

by in Recipes, September 10th, 2016

Given the proper time and space to sing the virtues of cheesy baked pasta, we could go on ad nauseam. Affordability, ease and the undeniable comfort that diners reap from a generous spoonful of hot-from-the-oven noodles and cheese are just a few reasons worth incorporating this age-old comfort dish into your weeknight dinner rotation. While it’s rare to encounter a baked pasta that’s difficult to assemble, these are just a few of our easiest, quickest and most-satisfying recipes.

Baked Ziti
With its lush blanket of bubbling-hot cheese, Robert Irvine’s traditional Baked Ziti is one weekday indulgence we’re always willing to set aside time for. Most of the prep work involves the stove top — for boiling the pasta and sauteeing the onions, garlic and tomatoes. If you preheat your oven at the onset, the dish will be ready in 55 minutes, as promised. Just pour the cooked ziti and sauteed vegetables into your baking dish and top it with mozzarella and bake until the cheese has melted down.

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Our Favorite A+ After-School Snacks

by in Recipes, September 8th, 2016

Strawberry Banana Cereal TreatsIn that little slice of time that falls between school and soccer practice, ballet rehearsal or piano lessons, the odds are high that tummies will be rumbling. Banish hunger without resorting to anything that comes out of a vending machine with our go-to after-school snack picks.

Cereal may be breakfast fare, but transforming it into on-the-go Strawberry Banana Cereal Treats launches it into snack territory. These sweet and tangy cereal bars are loaded with freeze-dried strawberries and bananas, as well as whole-grain cereal and mini marshmallows.

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How to Pack a Bento Box Lunch Your Kids Will Love

by in Family, Recipes, September 7th, 2016

With four kids who take lunches to school every day, I’m a bento box convert — practically an evangelist. That’s because the benefits of packing lunch in a bento box are just so many. The format makes it easy to fill without having to wonder if you’ve packed too little or too much food, and everything stays in place (without touching each other). The main hook: Everything looks better laid out like this. If you’ve ever served kids anything, you know that a first impression can often make all the difference in what they decide to try.

Here’s my strategy.

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Back-to-School Season Made Simple: A Week’s Worth of Dinners Ready in 30 Minutes or Less

by in Family, Recipes, September 1st, 2016

Skillet Chicken and RavioliWith new routines moving at full tilt, somehow the first weeks of school suddenly feel busier than the rest of the year. These five quick weeknight meals will ease you into the transition and, with any luck, provide a few leftovers to pack into lunches the next day too.

Skillet Chicken and Ravioli
I love hearty recipes like this one, which combines two kid-friendly favorites in one easy dish. Want to save even more time? Dice up a rotisserie chicken instead of cooking the chicken yourself.

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Classic Sandwiches Get a Brand-New Twist

by in Recipes, August 29th, 2016

Chicken Salad SandwichIf there comes a point during the school year when you just can’t make another PB&J, try a twist on a classic. Your favorite standbys are getting kid-friendly makeovers, which means lunchtime will be a surprise for your student — and packing will be more fun for you. Try one of these new sandwiches to add some variety to your kid’s lunchbox.  Read more

Lunches for Your Sandwich-Hating Kid

by in Family, Recipes, August 23rd, 2016

Sandwiches have been the default lunchbox meal for generations. Rightfully so: They’re easy, they’re portable, they require no utensils, and — if well-constructed — they hold up well until lunchtime. But what to do if your kid is just not that into meals between bread this year? Never fear. These kid-friendly recipes are nearly as simple — and just as portable — as a PB&J. Read more

7 Nut-Free Snacks to Pack in Your Kid’s Lunchbox

by in Family, Recipes, August 22nd, 2016

Even if nuts aren’t off-limits for your own family, you never know when your kid might be sharing a lunchtime snack with a classmate (and some schools might ban nuts altogether). But regardless of safety concerns, we love these recipes because they taste great — and are much more inventive than yet another bag of chips, or cheese and crackers or baby carrots.

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10 Outside-the-Box Back-to-School Lunch Ideas

by in Recipes, August 15th, 2016

Taco BarWhile summer is winding down, your family is gearing up for a new school year. That means brand-new backpacks, fresh kicks and boxes of freshly sharpened No. 2 pencils. Kick off the new year with fresh lunchbox recipes your kids will love. Read on for 10 lunches they won’t want to trade. Read more

5 School Lunches You Can Make in 5 Minutes

by in Family, Recipes, September 12th, 2015

DIY Cucumber SandwichesSome parents meticulously pack their kids’ lunches the night before, ensuring a smooth start the next day. I am not one of them. My husband takes our kids to school every morning at 7:30 a.m. And every morning at 7:15 a.m. I start making lunch. “OK, we’re in the No Request Zone,” I’ll announce to all four small fry who are still eating breakfast, not yet even starting to wonder where their shoes are. But with a few handy strategies for banging out healthy lunches in a hurry, we rarely have a lunch-related disaster. (Getting all the kids out the door and buckled into their car seats, however, is another matter. See: shoes.) That’s thanks to this list of reliably quick lunch ideas:

DIY Cucumber Sandwiches: Think Lunchables with a fresh twist. Chop up a cucumber and put it in the lunchbox. Then set a small pile of turkey, ham and/or cheese next to it, and let the kids put together their own sandwiches at lunchtime.

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