With kids and university students alike headed back to school, finding recipes that work with your busy schedule can be challenging. Delicious as home-cooked meals are, they’re often time-consuming and not very convenient. Parents and university students alike can find themselves resorting to the classics, such as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or simple spaghetti and meatballs, and getting sick of them fast.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of back to school recipe ideas for everything from breakfast to lunch to dinner to provide you with convenient variety. There’s no reason why you can’t enjoy delicious food on a busy schedule! Let’s dive into some back to school recipe ideas that kids and adults alike can enjoy.
Some people are early birds and are able to have proper breakfasts before heading to school, but for many, breakfast is a chaotic affair that often involves grabbing something quick before rushing out the door. These back to school recipe ideas are good for both those who have the time to sit and enjoy and for those who need something quick and easy.
#1. Fruit Bruschetta
Bruschetta in and of itself would be a good savory option for a quick breakfast, though it’s more commonly served as an appetizer. For a quick back to school recipe that caters to sweet tooths, toast some bread and spread it with some yogurt or nut butter, then top with your fruit of choice. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon for a special touch.
#2. Eggs In A Basket
Also known as Eggs in a Hole, this is fun and easy. You simply take a piece of bread and cut a hole into it. Then, after putting the bread in a pan, you crack an egg into said hole. You can season as desired, as well as put some cheese or meat into it. When the bread is crispy and the egg has reached your desired level of doneness, you can serve it up with some avocado or other greens for a refreshing addition. For a fun touch, you can use cookie cutters to make fun shapes in the toast.
#3. Overnight Oats
Are you always pressed for time in the morning? Overnight oats are a back to school recipe that you can grab and go, since you prepare them the night before and then can dig into in the morning. Each member of the family can customize their oats as they desire. You can get really creative with overnight oats, both with the type of milk you use and what you choose to mix into them.
Sandwiches are quick and easy, but since they’re such a common back to school recipe, it can be easy to get sick of them. Here are 3 back to school recipes for lunch that add some variety to your routine and that you or your kids can enjoy over and over again.
#1. Tonkatsu Bento
Bento boxes are great for back to school, as they allow you to prepare a lunch that covers all the food groups. With the dividers, picky eaters don’t need to worry about different foods touching. Preparing some rice and some tonkatsu and then rounding out the bento box with some veggies and sauce makes for a delicious lunch that students of all ages can enjoy. If you can’t have pork, you can opt for another meat, such as chicken katsu.
These Venezuelan corn pancakes stuffed with cheese are a great lunch idea, especially when paired with cherry tomatoes and drizzled with hot sauce. They can also be served with avocado, salad, or meat to round out your lunch. There are different versions to try to keep lunch fresh.
#3. Stuffed Peppers
Colorful, fun, and so customizable, stuffed peppers are a wonderful back to school recipe idea, for both lunch and dinner. Ground meat spiced as you like combined with rice and cheese stuffed into bell peppers is a classic choice for this yummy lunch.
The school day is over (unless you’re a college student with evening classes), and you’ve got to come up with something for dinner. Here are some easy back to school recipe ideas for dinner.
#1. Chicken And Panzanella
You can cook the chicken yourself or you can pick a hot and ready one up from the store. Serve it up with some Panzanella salad for a delicious salad that helps to use up your bread that you worry may be going stale. Panzanella is a salad with soaked stale bread, tomatoes, onions, and other vegetables that you can dress with vinegar and olive oil for a delicious salad with a bit of crunch to it.
#2. Cevapi With Ajvar
These savory sausages with a red pepper sauce served with flatbreads and onions are great, especially if you prepare the cevapi sausages the night before. It’s easy to put together, and since different Southeastern European countries have different ways of preparing cevapi, you can try out the different methods to mix it up.
#3. Sheet Pan Sausage And Peppers
For something you can just throw in the oven and call it good, you can’t go wrong with sausage and peppers. Some people like to throw some gnocchi or sauce in for an extra flair. You can opt for sausages made of different types of meat if you can’t have or simply don’t like pork.
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