“It’s the hap-happiest season of all.” At least that’s how parents feel. Kids on the other hand are looking at the calendar in complete horror. It’s almost here. It’s finally time to send the kids back to school . Admit it, you’re about to burst with anticipation. Of course, even if you’re a stay-at-home parent, you must also admit that meal time is about to change. There will now be after school activities that leave you running all over town. At least once or twice a week, you’re going to scratch your head and wonder what on earth you’re going to make for dinner . That’s when a well-stocked pantry will come in handy.
A well-stocked pantry should have everything you need to prepare a meal in a matter of minutes. Even after soccer and piano practice, you should be able to stuff your family’s bellies full of a delicious meal. This means having items like pasta, canned vegetables and fruit, pasta sauce, canned meat and fish, condiments, bread, baking supplies and spices. With these ingredients on hand, even a healthy meal is easy.
Take It On the Go Tuna Pasta Salad
- 1 pound whole wheat pasta, your favorite shape
- 2 cans of solid white albacore tuna
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 1 red onion, chopped
- ½ cup green olives, sliced
- 1 cup fat-free Italian dressing
1. Cook the pasta and toss with the other ingredients.
2. Serve with whole wheat rolls.
With all the after school activities going on, your kids will need a boost of energy. A well-stocked pantry will have everything you need to prepare a healthy trail mix.
Healthy Chocolate Trail Mix
- 4 cups of granola
- 1 cup of dark chocolate chips
- 1 cup of walnuts
- 1 cup dried cranberries
1. Mix the ingredients together thoroughly.
2. Portion out into zip-top bags for easy serving.
Even though the next few months will be crazy, that doesn’t mean you can’t put a homemade meal on the table. Slip on a pair of fashionable sneakers and enjoy the great back to school season.
Do you have any back to school lunch ideas? Comment below!