Time to Eat: Quick and Easy Food Ideas for the Back-to-School Crowd

Now that it's time for school to begin again, I find myself in the situation of restocking my refrigerator and pantry with items that make meal preparation quick and easy.


How many times do we hear that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day?  And how many people do you know who still don't eat breakfast?  Lots.  Including students.  Somehow my mom was able to cook breakfast and get us all off to school on her way to work.  We had cereal available but I mostly remember hot breakfasts.  Maybe that's why I still crave hot breakfasts now, but as I refuse to get up any earlier than I do, preparing those dishes isn't feasible for me.

Some of my go-to breakfast items are fresh-fruit smoothies, muffins, fruit, and my favorite hot cereal - oatmeal!  I do love oatmeal.  Click the picture below to link to one of my oatmeal recipes.

Here's another oatmeal recipe that I can't wait to try.  Strawberries and almonds...oh, my!
{Jen's Strawberry Almond Oatmeal}
It helps when I make certain dishes ahead of time and have them where I can heat them up in the morning.  Frittatas is one of those type dishes.  Check out Katherine's Veggie Tart.  I've already pinned this and can't wait to try it.  Doesn't it look delicious?
{Katherine's Veggie Tart}


Let's face it.  School lunch schedules are kind of short.  The actual eating time that is.  So, I think the best lunches are those that provide the adequate nutrients needed to get through the rest of the day, but that are also quick to prepare.  I usually bring my lunch to school and I notice a lot of students do too.  So, what are some easy lunch choices?  For me, I tend to choose things like chicken wraps made from leftover roasted chicken and veggies.  I notice most students who bring their lunches from home have Lunchables, sandwiches and chips.  Some may have string cheese and fruit as well. 
{Italian Chicken Wraps}

{California Sandwich}


You have to have snacks, right?  Some classrooms schedule a snack-time.  While others may not, having appropriate snacks is key.  I think no matter what age, the problems occur when we don't plan adequately for snack time and we end up grabbing anything in-between meals and calling it a snack.  I'm always on the lookout for good snack food.  Here are a couple of ones I found interest in.
{Apple Sandwiches with granola and peanut butter - source unknown}
{No Bake Energy Bites}

{Brie and Apple Tarts}

Now it's your turn.  Do you have any quick and easy food ideas for students as well as for adults working on a school schedule?

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  1. Everything looks delicious! I eat plain oatmeal every morning with a touch of cinnamon. I have been doing this for years and am baffled that I have never grown sick of it! I know it is one of the best things to start off the day with.

    Quick eats that are healthy are tricky! For me I like to cook or prepare things on a Sunday so when I come home from work there is something available for dinner in the fridge. Otherwise I end up cooking popcorn or something silly because I do not have time to cook then.

  2. That reminds me, I am one of those people who don't eat breakfast. Even at my age, even knowing how important it is, I can't drag myself to a table to sit and eat when I have just woken up. As a child, my parents forced me to drink a cup of hot milk (which I hated) before going to school. Nowadays, I have stopped drinking milk and started making oatmeal so I think I will try and customize some of the recipes above (no way I am finding blueberries here!).
    But I am afraid I am no source of inspiring meals for you, my friend. It's the other way around! ;-)

  3. Oh my! seriously, this post makes me hungry!! :)

    What great ideas for school. I love the tart and Italian food, California... hmm it's just so adorably and tasty.

    Thanks for sharing this idea :)

    Have a great weekend friend,


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