Today, I’m launching our back to school series. With my son heading to Kindergarten for the first time ever in two weeks, I’m going to share what we are doing to get ready for this new schedule. Between full day school and any after school activities, our family time is going to be scarce so I hope to stretch those moments out by keeping systems in place to keep our lives running smoothly.
One of those systems includes getting our meals simplified and ready to fuel us on our busiest mornings.
So, I like to make a breakfast casserole every Sunday night. I don’t cook it until the morning, so it’s all steamy and delicious, but I do prep it the night before. This is a great time to use up manager’s special meats you’ve stuck in your freezer or any veggies that may be approaching their life’s end. For us, we usually have some for at least the next day!
Freeze Breakfast Burritos- About once every two months, we will set up an assembly line. I’ll make sausage in the crock pot and we will scramble about eight dozen eggs and prep egg, bacon, sausage, cheese, whatever we have on hand for breakfast burritos. We freeze them and then nuke for 2 minutes in the morning.
Fruit- This one is easy, right? Grab some fruits, cut them up, place on table at meal time.
Oatmeal- Again very in line with my two minutes for breakfast rule.
Eggs- Scrambled, hard boiled, poached, whatever.
I will probably add to this one later into the school year as I see what works and doesn’t work, but here’s what I’ve got so far.
Order shelf stable milk from Amazon. This may not apply to everyone, but I’ve found this is cheaper and gives the kids more milk than the school’s milk program. So, we are going to pack our milk everyday.
Treat (fruit snacks, rice krispy treat, etc.)
Easy Dinner Ideas:
I strongly suggest crafting a meal plan/grocery list on Saturday or Sunday. If you can, utilize click list or grocery delivery, just to free up more time in your life. I am also linking my Trader Joe’s meal plan here
Grab a Costco brand lasagna. I don’t know how to tell you this, but I recenetly had one and it was HEAVENLY. So delicious! It also fed us for three days for 11.00. I think it’s a great thing to keep in the freezer for unexpected guests or a meal when you’re feeling uninspired.
Bags of salad. I know most of you are probably judging me, like can she not make a salad? Of course I can! However, this post is about simplicity and salad bags are the epitome of that. Add a meat and make it a entree or serve as a side dish.
Taco Tuesday. Who doesn’t like tacos?! By having tacos every Tuesday night, I feel no stress with that weekly choice.
Pizza & Movie night- For us, this is our Friday night ritual, but you can do this any night. We save our pizza coupons so we are generally able to make this an affordable thing. There is something so soul filling about piling on the couch with pizza and watching a family movie to kick off the weekend.
Use your crock pot: I love to throw in some chicken breasts with a 12 oz. bottle of hot sauce and shred it after five hours, resulting in the most perfect shredded buffalo chicken! You can do the same with BBQ sauce and make yourself some pulled chicken. Serve on Hawaiian rolls, salad, or just with a side dish.
Sheet Meals are what’s up. Go to our Sheet Meals Pinterest board for recipe inspiration. (also, follow me on Pinterest please if you aren’t already!)
Keep a list of Kids Eat Free nights in your area. This vary so much area to area that I’m not even going to attempt to round them up, but look for discounted kids meals night. I know Red Robin is doing 1.99 kids meals through summer, some places offer totally free, others charge .99. Keep a list for your area for those nights when you know you can’t cook, and have impromptu meals out. Maintaining that list will at least help you to save some of your money!