Back to School: Weekly Menu, Lunch Box Ideas, and Snacks!

It all starts tomorrow! 7th and 10th grade! This means I enter a new season of lunchbox ideas, after school snacks, and easy family dinners. For the discouraged and tired among us, I thought about including some of our favorite and unusual dinners that don’t take long to make. This is our menu for the week, our lunch ideas, and what we’ve planned for snacks. Enjoy! Maybe you’ll get some ideas for your family. Click on the shaded dinners for the link to the recipe.

Sunday Night: Korean Beef and Quinoa Bowls 

Monday Night: Vegetarian Enchiladas (roll softened corn tortillas with refried beans; top with enchilada sauce and cheese; bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees; serve with guacamole, salsa, and sour cream.

Tuesday Night: Chicken-n-Dumplings using Kodiak Cakes as dough, a rotisserie chicken, thyme, pearl onions, peas, and chopped carrots. Cook all but dough in a skillet with fresh thyme, 2 cups unsweetened almond milk, some salt and pepper, and 1/2 cup flour. Drop your dough balls on top, cover with lid, and cook 15 minutes.

Wednesday Night: Easy quick and delicious: Israeli Shakshuka with Feta! 

Thursday Night: Chicken Piccata 

Friday: The first Football game and Marching Band show means sliders! Bacon and Cheddar mini hamburgers!

For lunches this year, the girls love pita wraps. You send the fillings in a separate container: hummus, olives, feta, capers, chopped cucumber, and tomato. At school, they can spread what they want on the pita or use it as a dip. You can do the same thing with a pita and some marinara sauce, turkey pepperoni, and some cheese for a build-your-own pizza at school. We’ve got popped popcorn in ziplock bags, ready to go.

After school, they love mango smoothies, fruit, and popcorn.

Here’s to a great year for you and me!

(In case you’re wondering about breakfasts, we still have eggs or yogurt.)

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