All around the world kids are getting ready for back to school and Back to School Menu Planning is a must. You might notice I don’t plan Lunches on my Menu usually. That is because I have packed lunch for work and being young adults my girls usually fend for themselves. But I one is still school age and will need food during the day. I will share with you what I stock in the house for lunches. Planning for the first few weeks back at school will make so much easier. Think 15 minutes to write a Menu on a Sunday will save hours during the week.
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Meal Planning is all about saving time and money and with my Plain Printables you can make a Meal Plan perfect for your family, or you can use my suggestions below.
Our Back to School Menu
How to stick to your meal plan and keep costs down
- Never Shopping when Hungry – this one Vital
- Write a List and Stick to it.
- Avoid packaged meals – cooking from scratch doesn’t always take time.
- Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit
- Try to add a Meat-free meal to you diet
- Shop in budget stores Aldi and Lidl which keep their prices low.
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What I stock up on for Back to School Lunches
- Tuna is a big one in our house – with it, we make tuna salad, tuna pasta, sandwiches, gluten-free wraps.
- Cheese and Cold meats
- Fruits – fruit of some sort is always in our lunches
- Salad supplies
- Popcorn -it is a tasty snack
- Porridge oats. Okay this might seem an odd one but not only does it make a great breakfast but I use it to make Flapjacks
Get my FlapJack recipe here
- Pasta – Gluten-free of course. Pasta salad in lunches is a big favorite for my kids
EASY PASTA SALAD for Lunches
- 4 cups uncooked fusilli pasta (gluten-free is an option)
- 3 spoons of Pesto – red or green
- 1/3 cup pine nuts
- 12 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
- Several fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Parmasen Cheese flakes
The How to Bit
1 Cook the pasta: Cook pasta according to instructions on the package. Remove pasta from heat and strain when pasta is cooked, but still firm.
2 Toast pine nuts: While the pasta is cooking, toast the pine nuts in a small pan over medium-high heat. Keep an eye on them because pine nuts can go from lovely and toasty to acrid and burnt in seconds.
When most of the nuts have a blush of golden brown on them, move them to a cool bowl to rest. They order doxycycline 100 mg will burn if you leave them in the pan.
3 Mix pasta with pesto, pine nuts, tomatoes, basil, olive oil: Put pasta in a big bowl. Mix in fresh basil pesto, green olives, and pine nuts. Gently mix in cherry tomatoes, peas, fresh basil leaves and olive oil. Sprinkle the Parmesan Cheese.
Back to School Dinner recipes
Beef mince is on special everywhere this week it seems. The great thing about this Slow cooker Spaghetti recipe is pop it on earlier in the day. I use a timer plug so it will come on while I am in work so when we all get home the Spaghetti is ready.
TIP: You can make this meat free with meat-free Mince
Back to School calls for easy meals. This Easy Skillet Garlic Chicken and Potatoes is a one pot recipe that is tasty and easy for a busy school night. And Chicken Legs are on Special in Lidl this week.
Tip: go for easy and quick recipes as you settle back into the school routine
Wednesday is always Pizza night and you can even get Gluten-free Pizza for only €2.49 We make ours Gluten Free as my daughter is gluten intolerant but loves LOADS of cheese. Serve it with a Large salad and top with tasty vegetables.
Tip – One Treat meal is okay during the week and you can always make it healthier with low-fat mozzerella topping and lots of healthy veg on top.
This Bacon and Chorizo Gratin is pure comfort food and huge family favorite, leave out chorizo if you find it too strong.
TIP: On the first week back cook a family favorite. Eat it together and discuss how the day went.
Fish is proven Brain food and this Fantastic Fish Pie is so good for getting fish into fussy kids. Pop it into the oven and boost their brain power.
TIP: Quick and easy dishes on the weekend free up more time for fun
For Sunday Dinner I usually cook a roast dinner with Free- range chicken and lots of veggies from the garden.
I am sharing this Delicious Gluten Free Banana Bread recipe with you on Friday of this week. Come back to get what is a tasty . low fat and gluten free banana bread.
I hope this Back to School Meal Plan helps you settle into the School routine. Rebember Meal planning saves you time and money.
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