Back-to-school meal plan. Here’s a meal plan to help you ease back into the new school year. Many of you have kids who are at home distance learning, so I have included breakfast and lunch recipes.
I hope everyone had a lovely Labor Day weekend! Most schools started school today so it’s official . . school is back in session!
Back-To-School Meal Plan
With school back in session, I always find it easier to meal plan and prep as much as I can before the start of the week. How many of you here meal plan? If you haven’t already, check out my Meal Planning Solutions Guide. This is a great guide if you’ve never meal planned before.
This isn’t anything hard or difficult. This is simply meant to help you, if you are looking for recipe ideas and just something that can serve as a guide to help you thinking about what you can do to prep the night before so you can save some time and get dinner on the table faster.
As a woman with a full-time job and mother of two, I understand the ongoing struggle with cooking and putting dinner on the table. We all have crazy schedules and sometimes, frankly, we are just tired.
I don’t cook dinner for my family every night. It’s absolutely okay to heat up something frozen, pick up a ready-made dinner meal from the grocery store or order pizza. But that can get expensive. The only thing that works for me is MEAL PLANNING. It takes some time but boy, is it worth it. You’re saving money, you’re cooking, you’re learning more about food, ingredients, what’s in season and more.
Since many of us have kids at home this school year, I wanted to give some tips on what I do for snack time. It’s certainly ok to give your kids a granola bar or some gold fish crackers but I think it’s important to also give our kids fresh fruit and vegetables.
Carrot sticks, celery with peanut butter, apples, grapes, apple chips, cucumbers with ranch dressing, nuts, almonds, yogurt, bananas, popcorn, trail mix and more. If I know the day is going to be a busy one, I will wash and cut fruit the night before and keep them in storage containers in the fridge so my kids know where to get them. Again, a cookie every now and then is fine in my opinion but make sure you are also giving your kids plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Back-To-School Meal Plan Links
Easy Wraps (watch my Instagram stories today)
Baked Salmon with Roasted Vegetables
Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner; this needs to be prepped and started Monday night
DIY Loaded Baked Potato night
Lo Mein with chicken or tofu
Go out, order takeout and support your local restaurants!