Backpacks are stuffed, classes are in full swing, and fall break (YES!) is in sight. Now it's time for you to really shine! Back-to-school season is very different for each of us, but one thing remains the same: You have to eat. Having a few go-to recipes on hand can mean a world of difference during crunch time. When temps start to drop, I lean toward hearty, flavorful meals I can whip up in no time.
I may not have kids, but I will be going back to school this month. I'm taking a weekly photography class that runs all fall! So with extracurricular activities, new friends, homework, and commuting, spending time on elaborate meals just isn't an option. I'm sure we all agree on that. Make healthy meal prep a breeze and maybe even find your new favorite back-to-school recipe while you are at it! What will you be feeding your troops?
Feeling stressed for time? You're not alone. Most nights these days, I'm too busy to cook complicated recipes—so I rely on easy meals like pita pizzas, sandwiches, and rice with veggies and beans. When I can't find the energy to cook up even an easy meal, I order takeout. Want to learn more about simplifying your healthy eating routine?
P.S. To help make your back-to-school transition even easier, I've got an amazing giveaway going on over at my Instagram page. The prize is big and helps me save time and pack in nutrition in a big way! Hurry on over to enter. You still have a few days left!
Make-Ahead Recipes That You Can Freeze for Meal Prep
Healthy cooking doesn't have to take forever! Even though I don't have kids of my own, I like to focus on quick and easy recipes during this hectic time of year. I have lots of 10-minute (or less!) breakfasts, lunches, and dinners that your entire family will love. Ready to jot down my key ingredients for a stress-free back-to-school season?
Freezer dinners are the ultimate weeknight meal hack, but they aren't always so good for you. Luckily you can easily make your own meals, freeze 'em, then reheat at a moment's notice for a healthy, no-fuss dish! I use this trick often for lunches, dinners, and even snacks! I recently shared one of my fave freezer recipes in this Aaptiv.com article.
Healthy School Lunch Ideas for Kids That'll Earn an A+
Want to make sure your little ones feel energized all afternoon long? Pack up one of the balanced midday meals I recommend in this article. These recipes are great for moms and dads, too! Need a healthy snack to pack? Whip up a batch of healthy roasted chickpeas.
Healthy 10-Minute Recipes Registered Dietitians Love
You're going to need lots of quick and easy meal ideas once the kids go back to school. Get inspired with my favorite speedy recipes in this post. There's more than a dozen healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner options to cook this summer and fall! Looking for more healthy meals to make?
11 Healthy Meals You Can Make in Under 15 Minutes
Maybe you forgot or didn't have time to meal prep for this week. Don't worry. You can still prep a nutritious meal in mere minutes. Think beyond PB&J, and create a healthy meal in less time than it takes to figure out an algebra problem! I've handpicked 11 recipes just for you in my article for NBCNews.com.
By the way, sandwiches are super easy to make in just minutes.They're quick, convenient, and packable—perfect for back-to-school season. I share simple ways to make your lunchbox a little bit healthier in my blog post! Then get even more ideas for healthy meals to make.
The Best Takeout Orders for When You Don't Want to Cook
Ordering takeout doesn't have to put a wrench in your healthy eating plans. I asked experts to share their healthiest menu picks in this EverydayHealth.com article. When you're in a time pinch, you can also try boxed meals such as Hello Fresh vegetarian recipes.
Amy's Recipe of the Week: Vegan Hummus Pita Pizza
I never have a shortage of fast and delicious pizza recipes on hand! The meal is one of my all-time favorites because the combinations are endless. This pita pizza has a unique sauce (hummus!). For easy lunch packing, I like to pair a couple of the pizzas with sliced veggies and a hardboiled egg or cheese stick for extra protein. Want to know about my other lunchbox essentials? Head on over to my IG page to find out and to enter an amazing giveaway!
Bonus Recipe of the Week: Frozen Mochaccino
Tired of sipping on boring, black coffee in the carpool lane? Take my frozen mochaccino along for the ride! There's no added sugar and plenty of fiber in this tasty, summertime drink—and you'll get an entire fueling breakfast in just one glass. Make a grape juice smoothie if you prefer to start your day sans caffeine.
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