It’s back to school time. The kids have their new clothes, supplies and you took that really cute first day of school picture. They are ready to start the new school year, but are you? Back to school is an exciting time but it also can mean chaotic morning routines, shuttling between places, athletics, after school activities, homework and did I mention, you were supposed to make dinner sometime in there?
So how can you stay ahead of the game when it comes to back to school meal planning? First, my go-to meals for back to school time must be easy. For me that means easy assembly, simple ingredients and also time-saving techinques so freezer-friendly, one-pot or crock-pot meals are all meals I have on speed dial.
This month I’m partnering with Crystal Farms to bring you my recommendations for Easy and Cheesy Back to School Meals. I’ve put together five meal recommendations that are from the Crystal Farms recipe web page and a few from my own collection. Click through to the recipes and see my notes below for my tips and tricks.
Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Skillet Dinner: Crystal Farms
I love this skillet dinner. With just one pan, you have yourself a super easy and flavorful dinner. I doubled the pasta, used chicken strips, 1/3 cup of ranch, 2 TB of Buffalo Wing sauce, and then I used Crystal Farms crumbled blue cheese in place of the shredded cheese.
Cheesy Crock-Pot Risotto with Sausage: Dining with Alice
My Cheesy Crock-Pot Risotto is a perfect back to school meal because the hard work is done for you in the crock-pot! No standing around the stove stirring, the risotto cooks right in the crock-pot. This cheesy risotto pairs perfectly with your favorite sausage or shredded pork or chicken. We enjoyed ours with wild rice sausage!
Cheese and Veggie Scrambled Egg Cups: Crystal Farms
Does your family love breakfast for dinner as much as ours? You can sub in any of your favorite veggies or even cooked sausage or mini pepperonis. Store in the freezer and they make a super easy breakfast on the go too!
Creamy Butternut Mac and Cheese: Dining with Alice
This recipe is so easy and is bright orange from squash! Just as fast as boxed mac and cheese, this recipe is so creamy and cheesy you might have to fight the kids for this one!
Ultimate Grilled Cheese: Crystal Farms
You want to talk easy? This is it. So simple and so delicious. These open-faced grilled cheese sandwiches are a perfect way to use up the last of the tomatoes from the garden. I substituted bagels for the toast and used Crystal Farms Variety Pack of Cheddar, Marble Jack and Swiss and Baked at 450 for 12 minutes.
The kids got new backpacks, clothes and shoes and I didn’t forget about you! You need something special to celebrate back to school. How about something for the kitchen? Something shiny. Oh and she’ll cook for you when you aren’t at home! That’s right, I’m giving away a Crock-Pot! Follow the Rafflecopter instructions to enter to win a Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker! For a blog post entry, tell me which one of these Easy and Cheesy Back to School recipes you’d like to make!