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?
And guess who is headed to kindergarten next week?
Kids going back to school means a couple things in my kitchen:
- The grocery bill doubles
- 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:
Peanut butter, jam, jelly, honey
Bread (for toasting)
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.”
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!
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!