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Back 2 School With The Bullards Part Food.

Monday was a food post.

Tuesday was a food post.

Wednesday is a food post.

So today’s post is actually back to school based.  Guess who is headed to fifth grade next week?

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That girl.

And guess who is headed to kindergarten next week?

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That dude.

Kids going back to school means a couple things in my kitchen:

  1.  The grocery bill doubles
  2. My sanity is totally depleted

You think I am kidding?  Nope.

Today I wanted to share with you a few tricks, tips, and recipes that keep me sane this time of year.

Let’s start with breakfast.

I have two children who both could easily go without breakfast and not care.  I understand them.  As a kid I didn’t want to eat breakfast either.  Actually, as a college kid I didn’t want breakfast.  To be honest I did not start eating breakfast until I was pregnant with my first kid.

Having said that you now can totally understand why I don’t push the breakfast issue.

We have a breakfast bowl and in it are:

Apples

Peanut butter, jam, jelly, honey

Bread (for toasting)

Yogurt

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Protein bars

The kids can grab what they want and get water or milk to go with it.  BAM.  Breakfast is complete.

My kids aren’t fans of school lunches.

I know this is a travesty since my Mammaw was a lunch lady.  But she was around in a time when school food was still homemade and the ladies could work their magic on the meals they served.

I don’t mind packing lunches but then again…

My daughter hates sandwiches.  My son thinks bologna (remember he’s five) is freaking amazing.  My daughter wants creativity.  My son wants food in large quantities.

The solution?

My daughter shops with me and picks out things she wants to eat.  My son will eat them because…it’s food.

I do have some rules when it comes to the lunches we pack:

Packing should not cost more than a school meal.  As in I will not pack a lunch that cost me $10 when school lunch is $2.50.  We are eating a lunch here not a dinner with Oprah.

The lunches have to be nutrition based and not marketing based.  I read food labels and no matter how pretty your packaging is if it doesn’t cut the mustard on nutritional value then it isn’t going in my fridge.

Kids need real food because they are growing.  Here are some of my favorite go-to’s:

Salads loaded with protein (deviled egg, grilled chicken, avocado, olives, beans.)  Thank ya, Lord, my kids both love salads.

Mrs P's NO bread picnic rolls. Gluten and dairy free, perfect for kids lunch box or great finger food.

Wraps with or without real meat (get it shaved at the deli) – my daughter’s favorite is a veggie wrap with a little ranch.

Fruit (not roll ups) just chopping up an apple or putting in a whole banana does the trick.  Right now you can get mandarins really cheap…just sayin’.

Raw vegetables with hummus because hummus = crack for my kids.

But don’t think I’m that mom just yet!

PB & J Bites make a great grab-and-go snack to have on hand or stock your freezer with. Filled with the flavors of the traditional lunchtime sandwich but in a snack, bite-size!
Try this new school twist on an old school favorite for snack time too.

I believe in the power of a PB&J!  I love an old school ham sandwich, bag of chips, and homemade chocolate chip cookie just like I did at ten years old.

When I pack lunches I try to balance it out.  One day will be packed with excellent nutrition and high five worthy the next day we may slip a bit.  But I can promise you 90% of that lunch box is made by mama and not a robotic arm in a factory in Des Moines.

Dinner time -?

I do meal plan.  This saves my butt like every single week.  Meal planning gives me the upper hand when it comes to not just dinner time but also lunch time.  Have you ever heard of left overs?  They go really well in a lunch box.

Three nights a week I have to rely on a crock pot.  My kids are in sports and their mom (me) has a serious work out addiction.  I must say that some mornings have been so stupid busy that I forget to do things like turn on the crock pot and that’s where my other life saver comes into play – the Instant Pot.  God bless technology.

In constant rotation at our house during the brunt of the school year:

Amazing Skinny Chicken Fajita Soup Recipe - Low Fat, Gluten Free, & Low Carb Option!

I love this Keto Diet approved Crockpot Salsa Chicken that is topped with cheese!  With only 3 ingredients it is so easy to make in your slow cooker.  Your family will love this recipe that can easily be flipped into a lettuce wrap or soft taco (be sure to use a low carb tortilla to keep this Keto friendly.  The cheese makes this an entree that everyone will be requesting on your menu plan. You can easily twist this delicious Crock Pot Salsa Chicken into a taco by cutting up the chicken

Have a busy night ahead of you? Make Slow Cooker Crack Chicken (THM:S, Low Carb, Ketogenic) in less than 5 minutes in the morning + 10 minutes at night!

This Crock Pot Roast with Vegetables is a family favorite Sunday dinner. I love everything about this meal. It's an entire dinner in one crock pot. You have your veggies, starch and meat all cooked together - and the meat is SO tender and delicious! This is a must-make!

Tacos and every other Mexican dish under the sun. Chicken, beef, pork, whatever can cook all day while I’m at work and it’s always warm and ready when we finally find our dinner table (OK so it’s an island in the kitchen, whatever.)

The power of the pot roast cannot be matched.  When God made the cow he said, “And this part is for the crock pot.”

Also…

Real Life Dinners by Rachel Hollis (Paperback) : Target

I know there are a blue million Rachel Hollis fans out here now and I have to say her newest cookbook is worth your $15.  Here’s why:  All those simple meals you pinned and forgot she published in a book.  Buy it, use it, eat.

Lastly I wanted to share with you the best freaking snack under the sun to my kids – energy bites.  You can get any recipe you want from Pinterest but these no cook, peanut butter based with oats and chocolate are too easy and so delicious.  Make a batch on Sunday night and I bet your bottom dollar you will be whipping up another batch Tuesday!

No Bake 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Energy Bites. Loaded with old fashioned oats, peanut butter and flax seeds. A healthy protein packed breakfast or snack!
These are super yummy!

Alright guys, I’m done with food posts for a while.  I mean good gosh three days in a row has me on a diabetic high or something.  Tomorrow I’m back with another Back To School post and I’m working on it today so I will have some stupid pictures and a story line that revolves around the pits of hell (Walmart back to school section).

I hope you will click back and enjoy tomorrow!

Amanda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 thoughts on “Back 2 School With The Bullards Part Food.”

  1. I’m totally trying the chicken fajita soup just as soon as this stupid weather cools off! Come on, Mother Nature! Work with me! And yes! I totally agree on the grocery bill doubling when school starts back up! AND when your husband has to begin eating better because of a heart attack!!

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  2. I hear you on the school lunches. Those dinner recipes look so good. I have hit that point of summer where cooking just doesn’t happen. Hahaha! I also hear you on the real food for lunch. My son just wants to get outside for recess and would forgo lunch to get outside and play football so I always try easy fresh stuff for him. Maddi is a little bird. I also take them shopping or get their input all the time for lunches.

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  3. My grammar school(k-8) never had school lunch as an option. I was amazed when i got to high school but still brought my lunch most days. And never had a sandwich. As I slowly try to transition myself into a stepmom against someone’s will (lol) I am noticing how much boys eat! They are expensive!

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  4. I love your food options because it’s real food with a protein punch. Been making those energy bits for years. We love them lil balls! Or bites or nuggets of goodness. So we are the opposite, my grocery bill doubles in the summer when they’re all home. But oh yeah, that &20,000 in tuition. I’ll trade ya and at least I realized you won’t have 2 in college at the same time unless Cammy B decides to be a Doctor. Next year we will have 3 coeds at the same fricken time. Want to squeeze that going to kindergarteners cheeks!

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  5. Gosh you are clued up – this is very impressive! The veggie wraps looked to die for – I WISH I could get something like that down Caspar’s neck. He literally has a salad phobia. Love your daughter’s glasses by the way? Is your son happy to be going back to school – can’t work it out from the photo 🙂 I ask because I literally can’t mention returning to mine! Joanne x

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    1. Nutrition is my jam and where I spent the majority of my college career (in nutrition classes!) and I am a nerd who still researches today and keeps abreast of the news in the field. My kids are both thrilled to be at school. It’s a shame your dude won’t eat veggies – is it raw or cooked or both?

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      1. He is self limited to sweet pots, corn, peas, Broccoli, carrots and apples. Oh the occasional strawberry. Not good. But devours all meat and fish and eats brown bread, brown pasta and drinks only water so I guess I cant win them all, just need to get sneakier with hiding them?

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