Back to School Dinner Solutions


Parenting & Kids | August 27, 2015 | By

For many of us September signifies the start to a new school year and combined with extracurricular activities your quality family time dwindles. Don’t let additional responsibilities discourage you from getting a great meal on the table – instead continue to enjoy homemade family dinners with the help of Dream Dinners.

These dinners are great in the crockpot.

  • NEW! Slow Cooked Lasagna Soup with Parmesan Breadsticks
  • Honey Chipotle Pork Roast With Almond Green Beans

These dinners cook in under 30 minutes plus they travel well for a quick dinner on-the-go.

  • Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches on French Roll
  • Chicken Bacon Ranch Stuffed French Bread
  • Carne Asade Steak Tacos


Back-to-School Breakfasts


Recipes | September 3, 2013 | By

During the first week of school, mornings can get a little hectic as kids (and parents) figure out the new routine. With the perfect outfit to pick out, lunches to be packed, and paperwork to be signed, it can be hard to make sure kids head off to school with a filling breakfast that will last them until lunchtime.

Here are some ideas for some quick but healthy breakfasts to start every morning off right:

– Our Breakfast Eggs with Potato Crust recipe can be made the night before and put in the oven for 30 minutes while the kids are getting ready.

– For a breakfast that is easy to eat on the go, top a container of Greek yogurt with jam, honey and chopped almonds or fresh fruit and granola.

–  Make quick breakfast quesadillas by sprinkling shredded cheese on a whole wheat tortilla, layering thin apple slices, and topping with a second tortilla. Microwave or cook in a skillet until the cheese is melted.


Dream Dinners Goes to College!

Parenting & Kids | August 23, 2013 | By

Whether you’re moving your college student into their first apartment or sending them back for their final year, a freezer full of Dream Dinners might be the best back-to-school gift you could give them.

Studies done by Oregon State University show that most college students aren’t eating even a single serving of fruits and vegetables a day and are consuming more than 30% of their calories from fat. Dream Dinners could be the perfect solution for busy students who don’t have the time or skills to cook a healthy dinner every night.

Pesto Chicken RavioliTo give them extra time to hit the books or participate in campus activities, these dinners can be cooked in just 15 minutes and easily replace your student’s pizza or ramen noodles even on the busiest night of the week. Plus a 3-serving side should even provide leftovers for lunch the next day (unless they have a hungry roommate that raids the fridge)!

Pesto Cheese Ravioli with Chicken and Walnuts is a customer favorite and leftovers can be eaten as a cold pasta salad in between classes.

Market Salmon with Corn Medley also makes an easy lunch out of leftovers. Just shred the salmon, mix with the corn and enough mayo to hold it together, and stuff into a pita pocket.


Get your Family Prepared for Back to School!

Parenting & Kids | August 21, 2013 | By

Back to schoolHeading back to school involves more than just buying new pencils and shoes. This August, get your whole family prepared for the demands of the new school year.

–  Reading throughout the summer keeps children’s minds sharp even when they’re not in school. Make a weekly trip to the library to get your kids excited about reading. Check out this article from Parenting for the best books to read with your kids.

–  Get into a school routine at least two weeks before the first day back. Follow these tips for readjusting your child’s sleep schedule before school begins. Help your kids establish a homework routine during the summer by setting aside time each afternoon for reading, working on an activity book, or any other brain-sharpening activity.


Back to School Dinner Solutions


Back to School usually means busy nights start up again. Don’t let those additional responsibilities discourage you from getting a great meal on the table.

These dinners not only cook in under 30 minutes but travel well. Take them on a picnic or as dinner in the car to the next sporting event.

  • BBQ Chip Chicken Tenders
  • Central Park Garlic Chicken
  • Carne Asada Steak Tacos

These dinners work great in the crockpot.


Fast, Easy Breakfast Ideas


Recipes | January 11, 2010 | By

Breakfast is mostly a cold-cereal affair at my house, especially during the weekdays. I wish it weren’t so! But my kids are old enough to be self-sufficient, so while they’re getting ready for school, I’m prepping for work. Tossing a box of something-or-other on the kitchen table with a jug of milk is about as fancy as I get.

So when I made homemade waffles last week, the kids were stunned. And then, stuffed! For once, I felt like the “good mom” I know I can be. (Wait—Bisquick does count as homemade, right?)

So, I have a plan. Get something fast, easy and healthy — that’s not cold cereal — on the breakfast table more often. I dredged through my rusty repertoire and came up with these ideas.


How to Pack Healthy Kid Lunches

Loading up lunchboxes for school can be a breeze, or it can wreak havoc on your morning routine.

Need a few tips on smoothing the process? This article by Alicia Rockmore & Sarah Welch offers shopping suggestions, ways to make healthy foods fun, tips on what to pack, and more. They even give ideas on encouraging kids to make their own lunches. Three cheers to that!


Back to School – Making the transition

Parenting & Kids | September 10, 2009 | By

School has already begun for many families, with some starting as early as mid-August.   Others are just getting back, but no matter when you start, there’s always a bit of an adjustment to the new schedule.  We found a great article online with useful tips anyone can use to get through the first few weeks, or anytime for that matter.  Our favorite is #1!