Ready or not, it is already back to school time. The time for you and your kids return to your daily routine, that we have to say, not always very calm.
The race of weekdays, does it rings a bell?
Prepare the brats and make a presentable face. Drop the brats at school or at the nursery. Face the traffic. Perform at work. Make your commissions.
Hit the traffic again. Arrive on time to pick up the kids. Feed them. Play soccer. Do homework. Prepare the dinner. Give them a bath. Put them to sleep.
Fall unconscious in your bed.
With such a busy schedule and the desire to provide children with a healthy diet, meal preparation can become a real headache.
Make a change from the endless spaghetti. We present these tips and easy recipes, quick and healthy to simply your weekly meals.
Back to school: Tips for simplifying your meals
Plan it in advance
When you say overloaded agenda because of returning to school, it means planning.
Take a few minutes to plan your menu of the week, as well as your grocery list.
Having a plan of action will greatly help you to optimize the preparation of meals and dinners.
You will also avoid finding yourself on the same day out of inspiration to feed your little ones and fall back on fast food or grilled cheeses three times a week.
What ‘s a balanced meal?
Kids spend a lot of energy. It’s essential to provide them with nutritious foods that will support them throughout the day. Ideally, their meals should contain:
- Fruits and vegetables: raw or cooked.
- Grain products: Bread, pasta, quinoa, couscous, oats, etc. Preferable whole grains.
- Protein: In meats and substitutes.
- Dairy products or enriched substitutes: Sources of vitamin D and Calcium. Essential for the development of their bones.
Keep it simple
To stay in control of weekday dinners on back to school, rely on simple and easy family meals that will please everyone.
Carry for deconstructed dishes that require minimal preparation, as well as little or no cooking. Get inspired by our easy recipes below.
Other gold tips
- Double the recipe at dinner and use the leftovers for lunches
- Always have canned or quick-cooking foods by hand
- Cook in large quantities and freeze
- Cut some extra vegetables to make you a reserve.
Back to school: Ideas of easy recipes, fast and healthy
Homemade Chicken pizza
Precooked crusts are an excellent option for homemade pizza that you can easily adapt according to your own taste and those of your family.
My family is crazy about this pizza that gets ready a matter of minutes. It’s also a good way to use your leftover chicken.
- Thin pizza crust, pre-cooked with sauce
- Olive oil
- Large Italian tomato, thin slices
- Pulled cooked chicken
- Small broccoli seals
- Green or red pepper, julienne style
- Grated mozzarella cheese
Brush the pizza crust with about two tablespoons of olive oil. Spread the pizza sauce. Place the slices of tomatoes evenly. Sprinkle pulled chicken
and vegetables. Cover with grated cheese. Cook according to package directions. And it’s ready!
Here is a tasty and quick variation on the traditional spaghetti of the weeknights.
- Olive oil
- Chopped onion
- Crushed garlic or powder
- Diced tomato, cane
- Chicken broth
- Cornstarch dissolved in cold water
- Chopped parsley
- Lemon juice
- Sal & pepper
Cook the pasta in boiling water. Meanwhile sauté garlic, onion, and shrimp in hot olive oil. Add the tomatoes, parsley, lemon juice, and broth.
Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the cornstarch to thicken the sauce and reduce slightly to medium-low heat until desired consistency.
Deconstructed tortilla salad
Here you can use any whole wheat chips: tortillas, tacos, nachos, etc.
As well as any source of protein: minced meat, chicken, beans or others.
Easily adapt the recipe according to what you have already in the fridge.
- Vegetable oil
- Ground beef
- Chopped lettuce
- Avocado in cubes
- chopped tomatoes
- Canned corn, drained
- Black olives in slices, drained
- Sour cream, plain yogurt or salsa
- Tacos spices
Heat the tortillas in the oven at about 275ºF to make them crispy. Meanwhile, cool the minced meat in the hot oil and add the spices at the
end of cooking (Attention, do not forget your tortillas in the oven!) Once gold, break the tortillas and spread them in the bottom of the plates.
Add the meat, vegetables, and cover with grated cheese. Garnish with the sauce of your choice. You can also serve the tortillas as they are or
lukewarm to let the children build their own fajitas. They will love!
With these tips and ideas for recipes to make your life easier, you’re ready to go back into the routine and confidently face the back to the school
of your children. Enjoy your return to school!