Looking for some new back to school recipes to surprise the kids with this year? Look no further! This post contains 22+ recipes that are not only delicious, but cheap and easy to make, too!
It’s time! The back to school rush is on nationwide. Throughout the south, kids have already been back in school for a week or more, but here we don’t start school until the week before/after Labor Day, so my kids are lucky enough to have a little time left. However, that hasn’t stopped me from preparing our usual Back to School Recipes list.
So far, we have pancakes and a few loaves of homemade bread in the freezer. This week, I’m hoping to find some time to make French Toast sticks, some muffins and maybe scones, too. We’ll see…
Preparing these breakfast foods ahead of time, makes my life so much easier! When it’s 6:00 am and the kids are running around, searching for a “shirt that matches these pants”, I don’t have to stress over making breakfast – I can just open the freezer and pull out something that is already made.
It works for simple lunches, too. My oldest does not like to take sandwiches for lunch and she’d much rather find a baggie, full of cold Homemade Chicken Nuggets, with some ketchup, in her lunchbox. Now, if only I could get my but in gear to get more in the freezer for easy dinners!
ANYWAY, today, I thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite Back to School recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No – these are not all simple, 5 minute recipes. However, if you take the time on a Saturday or Sunday to make a few different options, you’ll save yourself a TON of time during the week! Believe me, it’s so worth it!
So, let’s get started…
Back to School Recipes – Breakfast
Old-Fashioned Blueberry Muffins
Ready in 30 minutes and easily freezable, these Old-Fashioned Blueberry Muffins are a delicious and easy breakfast for busy, back to school mornings.
A classic breakfast that takes just minutes to prepare, homemade pancakes are a favorite treat for kids world-wide.
What kid wouldn’t want the sweet and spicy flavor of a snickerdoodle cookie for breakfast? These amazing Snickerdoodle Scones are ready in 20 minutes and they only require a few simple pantry ingredients to make.
Old-Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls
Okay, so not the easiest breakfast in the world – but, this recipe makes a HUGE batch of the most delicious Old-Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls you will ever eat. Make a batch on Saturday or Sunday and enjoy this sweet, decadent treat all week long.
Homemade Glazed Donuts
Around here, donuts are a favorite breakfast treat and my kids (and the husband!) go crazy for homemade glazed donuts. This simple recipe starts with a simple can of biscuits and a hot pot of oil. They’re so easy to make (ready in just 20 minutes!) and they only require 5 ingredients!
Head over to my breakfast page to see more recipes.
Back to School Recipes – Lunch
Homemade Pastrami Lunch Meat
Stop buying premade lunch meat that is packed full of chemicals and preservatives and start making your own with this Homemade Pastrami Lunch Meat. I’m certainly not going to tell you it’s easy enough to throw together in the morning before school, but it’s well worth taking the time on the weekend to make a batch – Not only will it save you a ton of money, but it tastes so much better and you’ll have enough meat to fill lunchboxes for weeks to come!
Homemade Pizza Muffins
Homemade Chicken Nuggets
What kid wouldn’t love to go to school with homemade chicken nuggets (cold, of course) and a dish of ketchup or BBQ sauce in her lunchbox? Make a batch over the weekend and freeze in individual zipper bags, then just take each bag out of the freezer and throw it in a lunchbox – super simple morning!
Meander on over to the lunch page to see more recipes.
Back to School Recipes – Dinner
Cheese Ravioli Lasagna AKA Cheater Lasagna
Cheater Lasagna is such a treat, for both the family and the cook! It tastes just like traditional lasagna, but it only requires 3 ingredients and it’s ready in 30 minutes! It’s perfect for a busy, back to school evening.
Cheesy Chicken Taco Soup
Chicken Bacon Meatball Subs
Give your traditional Meatball subs a kick in the pants! These Chicken Bacon Meatball Subs are just as good (maybe better!) and the kids love them. Plus, they’re perfect paired with french fries and a salad.
Depression Dinner is the ultimate comfort food and is just the right thing for the kids after a long, hard day at school on a cold, fall day.
Last, but certainly not least…
Homemade Chicken Patties
A favorite of children nationwide – surprise the kids after the first day of school with these delicious Homemade Chicken Patties – they’ll be begging for more!
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I hope these back to school recipes help make your crazy days a little easier – Enjoy!
Have a Spectacular Day!