Back to School Recipes

Make back to school meals stress-free with easy recipes for breakfast on-the-go, brown bag lunches, after school snacks, and quick dinners.

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Turkey Wraps

Rating: 4.5 stars 122
These light and tasty wraps are great for lunch, or slice them smaller and they make wonderful party appetizers or great little after-school snacks.

Apple Ladybug Treats

Rating: 5 stars 37
Red apples are decorated to look like lady bugs. This is a quick and fun snack that kids will enjoy making and eating. For once kids can play with their food.
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School Lunch Bagel Sandwich

Rating: 4.5 stars 30
This sandwich mixes the goodness of bagels with the crunch of dill pickles. I came up with this sandwich for my son who loves bagels and cream cheese but I felt his favorite needed something extra to really make it a lunch. This is kid-tested good, and you can alter the veggies according to what your child likes.

Easy Granola Bars

Rating: 4.5 stars 880
Fantastic bars that have a lot of flexibility. You can adapt the recipe to your liking. Great for hikes, long road trips and camping as they store well and keep fairly long - unless you eat them all! Use any combination of chocolate chips, dried fruit, coconut, pecans, almond slices, or any other tidbits you'd like in a granola bar.
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Breakfast Cups

Rating: 4.5 stars 148
This is a good way to get the morning going. Just give yourself about an hour. They are filling and versatile. Kids can also help some.

Lunch Box Hot Hot Dogs

Rating: 5 stars 89
When the kids need a break from sandwiches, why not send them with a hot hot dog to warm their bellies before going out to play? This recipe explains how to keep the hot dogs warm.

Chef John's Macaroni and Cheese

Rating: 4.5 stars 1689
This easy-to-make old-school macaroni and cheese has a perfectly crispy crust.

School Lunchroom Cafeteria Rolls

Rating: 4.5 stars 290
These rolls are JUST like the ones the cafeteria ladies make in the school lunch rooms! My 8-year-old daughter loves the cafeteria rolls and said my recipe was even better! You can't mess these up! They are super easy and everyone will want the recipe. We eat the leftovers for breakfast or put cheese and turkey in warmed rolls for a quick lunch!

Sheri's Fun Fruit Turkey

Rating: 5 stars 7
Play with your food! This is an easy fruit salad recipe.

Fresh Orange Juice

Rating: 4.5 stars 64
Make fresh-squeezed orange juice at home with 1 ingredient in minutes.

Banana Oat Muffins

Rating: 4.5 stars 1552
Delicious moist muffins filled with banana and oats, perfect for breakfast.
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Sloppy Joes II

Rating: 4.5 stars 7660
Ground beef, onion, green pepper, and ketchup are seasoned with garlic powder and sweetened with brown sugar to make this hearty meat filling. Serve on hamburger buns.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Best Bus-Stop Breakfasts
These grab-and-go muffins, bars, and wraps will be a hit with the whole family.
Prep Once, Eat All Week
Do meal prep on Sunday, and you'll be thanking yourself all week long.
Best Brownies
Rating: 4.5 stars 13495

Cakey on the outside and fudgy in the middle, this easy brownie recipe really is the best! Done in an hour.