Savor this time with your kids. Before you know it they'll be ready for college. Make the start of the new school year special and they'll remember your efforts when they have their own kids.
The Weekend Cook: Back to School!
Friday Night Supper
This easy menu will help you shake off the stress of the work week and relax before your big weekend.
- Wild Rice Gourmet Burgers
These fabulous burgers are tender and juicy with a wonderful flavor. They are the perfect recipe to start your weekend.
- Best Easy Potato Salad
This delicious salad is made with My Mother's Potato Salad dressing and frozen potatoes to make it super quick and easy.
- Avocado Green Salad
I love this salad because it's so flavorful and beautiful too.
- Grilled Pineapple
Since your grill was used to cook the burgers, use it to make dessert too! This delicious last minute dessert is flavorful and fun.
You need a good breakfast to get ready for the day's activities! This is a great menu for back to school too.
- Ham and Egg Cups
These cute little cups are formed with thin slices of ham and filled with a cheesy vegetable and egg mixture.
- Orange juice, milk, and coffee
- Quick Coffee Cake
I love this super easy recipe for coffeecake. It really only takes 10-15 minutes to put together. And it's so good served warm from the oven.
Make Ahead Freezable Breakfast Recipes
Make some space in your freezer for these easy recipes. Then on a super hectic school morning, you just stroll to the freezer, pull out some food, and microwave it for a hot and nutritious breakfast in seconds!
- Freezer Breakfast Burritos
These slightly spicy and warming burritos are a real treat. They're like fast food, but better tasting and better for you!
- Egg and Muffin Sandwiches
I crave these sandwiches sometimes late at night when fast food commercials appear. Luckily, I have these in the freezer, so I can satisfy that craving! Your kids will love this recipe.
- Corn Waffles
Add some corn kernels to a corn muffin mix to make some fabulous corn waffles! These take a few seconds to reheat in the toaster. Serve 'em with warmed maple syrup. Yum.
Any muffin recipe freezes really well. These quick and easy recipes include Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins, Oat Bran Muffins, and Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins.
- Freeze Ahead Tuna Sandwiches
This sandwich spread takes about 10 minutes to make. Double this recipe and freeze half for school lunches. Eat the rest to keep your strength up!
- Melon Salad
I love the combination of mint and melon. This easy salad is beautiful, delicious, and so good for you.
- Cookie Brittle
This is another great freeze ahead recipe for school (or work!) lunch boxes. Nibble on a few now, then pack the rest away. (Label the package "codfish balls" or something so the kids don't raid it.)
Saturday Night Supper
- Grilled Chicken Bruschetta
Take advantage of late summer produce with this beautiful and quick entree recipe. Juicy chicken is topped with a fragrant bruschetta topping.
- Grilled New Potatoes
Might as well cook a side dish on the grill too! This recipe is full of flavor.
- Berry and Greens Salad
This beautiful salad is delicious and nutritious; the perfect complement to the potatoes and chicken.
- Ice Cream Tartlets
Let your kids make this recipe while you get the rest of the meal ready. These tartlets taste like so much more than the sum of the ingredients!
- Stuffed French Toast Bake
After dinner is done on Saturday night, make this recipe and refrigerate it. Then just bake it in the morning!
- Baked Bacon
Bake your bacon instead of frying it! No mess, no fuss, and perfectly cooked bacon every time.
- Citrus Cooler
Instead of ordinary orange or grapefruit juice, serve this yummy cold beverage.
Make Ahead Freezable Lunch Recipes
Make sure that you wrap and label foods you put in the freezer. Then record what's in those packages in a little notebook you keep right next to the freezer. These recipes will thaw and be ready to eat in time for lunch. (Well, the soups need to be reheated, but all the work is done ahead of time!)
- Ham Salad Wraps
Deviled ham spread is the secret ingredient in these delicious freeze ahead sandwiches.
- Tex Mex Pita Sandwich
If your child likes tacos, they'll love this special sandwich. Make them as mild or spicy as you like.
- Chicken Santa Fe Soup
This delicious soup travels well in an insulated thermos. And it's full of the foods kids love.
- Double Corn Chowder
A soup is a great lunch box addition. This elegant and flavorful soup is perfect for kids.
- Frozen Banana Salad
A frozen salad is a great treat for any lunch box. This one can be served frozen or chilled.
Well, after your busy weekend you need to sit down to a good and easy dinner. These recipes are easy to make and nutritious too. You've earned it!
- Mustard Glazed Fish Fillets
This super fast recipe is one of my go-to recipes when I'm just too tired to cook. And it tastes wonderful!
- Vegetable Salad with Buttermilk Dressing
Lots of veggies are served with a flavorful creamy dressing.
- Sauteed Baby Carrots
Baby carrots are the perfect quick side dish. Plus kids love them!
- Toasted Parmesan Garlic Bread
This menu needs something crunchy! And this warm and toasty bread is perfect.
- Blender Pots de Creme
This elegant desert takes just 15 minutes to make. And it tastes like you ordered it from a fancy restaurant.