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Meal Planning Reboot for Back to School

Aug 15, 2016

While we hate to see summer’s relaxing days come to an end, the start of a new school year is always an exciting time. Even if your school days have long since passed, September still feels like a time for a fresh start and an opportunity to get reorganized and focused. Since it can be hard to transition from a diet of lobster rolls and ice cream any time of day, we’re here to help you get back in the planning mindset and whip up delicious and nutritious back to school meals. From breakfast to dinner, we want to keep you energized for class, board meetings, soccer practice and everything in between.

Love and ZestWelcome Kristina LaRue, our new Good Food Made Simple Ambassador! Kristina is a Sports Dietitian, recipe guru and a first time mom to an adorable little boy. Keep reading for some of Kristina’s go-to tips for Back to School Meal Planning and don’t forget to visit her at Love & Zest.

Meal planning. I’m a big fan of meal planning. It’s how I survive busy weeks. When planning out the week, I always try to think how could I makeover this dish for a new meal the next day? Could the roast vegetables become a frittata and could the leftover turkey be made into enchiladas? Repurposing leftovers will save you time and money! Think about the leftovers as you plan what quantities you’ll need. Buying extra veggies and roasting or steaming them earlier in the week is always helpful for quick sides.

Don’t be afraid of shortcuts. I don’t always have time to whip up a big home cooked meal in my day-to-day life as a busy mom. Little time savers are a must for ensuring my family has a balanced meal. For example, I love Good Food Made Simple’s ready-to-enjoy Organic Steel Cut Oatmeal for a quick and healthy breakfast. It takes just three minutes in the microwave and then finish with your favorite toppings – almond butter, berries, chopped walnuts, and a sprinkle of chocolate chips for extra yum factor (the kids will love it!)

Meatless Monday. Going meatless helps mix up your routine and increase your servings of vegetables. Some meat lovers are intimidated by vegetarian meals but you can start simple. For an easy dish, take Good Food Made Simple’s frozen Mac & Cheese, made with real extra sharp white cheddar, and toss in some frozen spring peas and corn, and even fresh spinach. The Mac & Cheese has 17g of protein per serving, but you can also add some black beans for an even bigger boost.

One meal for the whole family. Trying to please picky palates? Make a main dish that will work for the whole family, like grilled chicken or veggie lasagna, and then mix up the sides to be kid and mom & dad friendly. Serve the kiddos veggies and a ranch dip with fresh fruit, while you enjoy something more sophisticated like sautéed mushrooms or a shaved brussels sprout salad. No more stress or food fights, as this approach ensures everyone is enjoying dinner.

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