As a mom of two boys, one of the reasons I look forward to summer vacation is that I no longer have to pack my kids a lunch, and I know most moms feel the same way. Summer vacation brings relaxation on all levels, including routines and meal times. With September and back to school time just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about new and quick ideas for meals that will fill hungry tummies and taste delicious.
Prepare easy breakfasts
We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it’s especially important to send our kids off to school with a nutritious and filling meal.
I have one son who is up early every morning and loves a savoury breakfast. He’s really into breakfast sandwiches with a kick of sriracha, and I’m happy to make them because they’re a great meal to start the day with. Ours usually consist of a toasted English muffin, a fried egg, turkey deli meat, cheese and a dash of sriracha. They’re easy and surprisingly quick to make, but to make them even quicker and with less mess check out this Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker.
This Breakfast Sandwich maker will make two sandwiches in under 5 minutes and the non-stick parts are removeable and dishwasher safe for easy clean up. Simply add your chosen ingredients and the timer will let you know when your breakfast is ready.
My other son likes to drag himself out of bed with just enough time to get ready and out the door so he’s a cereal or smoothie for breakfast kind of guy. Smoothies are awesome because they can be made fast, they’re easy to pack nutrients into and convenient to take on the go. This Ninja Professional 2.1L 1100-Watt Stand Blender with Nutri Ninja Cups comes with everything you need to make a great smoothie and take it on the go with you. There’s 6 blades, 3 settings and pulse, a blending pitcher and two 16 oz Tritan Nutri Ninja cups with Sip & Seal lids.
Lunch kids will love
Packing a healthy lunch that your kids will eat on school days can be challenging, and weekends are often filled with activities and errands. Sandwiches are a quick and easy lunch, but I don’t know anybody who wants to eat a sandwich for lunch 7 days a week, but you can make them more interesting and delicious by using a griddle or panini maker. This Cuisinart Non-Stick Griddler is really four appliances in one. With the convenience of removeable non-stick plates, you have the options of a contact grill, panini press, flat grill and griddle. We also love using ours to make quesadillas which are easy to personalize to each persons taste and they’re delicious and super quick to make.
Easy food prep
Another way to prepare quick and easy meals is by having fresh ingredients prepped for the upcoming week. A food processor like this KitchenAid Mini Food Processor has two speeds and a pulse function to quickly chop foods like fruits, veggies and nuts and seeds. You can also chop and blend sauces, dressings and dips. The 3.5-cup bowl features a lid, handle, pour spout, and a locking blade and is dishwasher safe for easy clean up. A food processor can help you in the making of smoothie add-ins, salads, stir fries and so much more.
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