By: NC Egg Association
With the first week of school right around the corner, shopping for new clothes, shoes, and an assortment of different school supplies can be stressful – don’t let meal planning slow you down.
Here are some back to school tips and recipes that will save time and money, while providing the best nutrition for you and your family.
Quick and Filling Breakfast Options:
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” This is probably not the first time you’ve ever heard this statement, and it won’t be your last. Time and again, eggs have proven to be a smart breakfast for all ages. Nix the cereals that are low in nutrition, high in sugar and won’t keep your active ones full for long, and provide them with the nutrition they need to keep them full and alert until lunchtime. Try this fun and fast recipe for toad-in-a-hole http://www.incredibleegg.org/recipes/recipe/cookie-cutter-toad-in-the-hole?from=/recipes/collection/kid-friendly/favorites.
Or, try this hearty Microwave Egg & Sausage Breakfast Taco http://ncegg.org/recipes/microwave-egg-sausage-breakfast-taco/.
Pack a Simple and Filling Snack:
Incorporating a snack into daily eating routines is important in living a healthy lifestyle. It is even more important to pack a simple and filling snack for your child to eat at school, in order to keep them tied over until lunch or an after-school meal. A hard-boiled egg is a perfect snack to pack for your child. It’s packed full of protein and can easily be stored in any container or plastic bag.
Egg tip: Boiled eggs in the shell can be stored in the refrigerator for one week. For perfect hard boiled eggs, visit http://www.incredibleegg.org/recipes/recipe/basic-hard-boiled-eggs.
Healthy and Easy Lunch Ideas:
With everyone rushing around in the morning to get out of the door on time, packing your kids lunches might often include prepackaged items that are easy to throw in a lunchbox. Luckily, there are fresher alternatives that are just as quick in the mornings with the help of a little nightly preparation. Using prepared hard boiled eggs, cut them into slices and layer onto an English muffin with slices of your favorite deli meat, cheese and spread. Put in a plastic bag and store in the fridge the night before for an easy grab and go lunch box item in the morning. For full recipe of this Microwave Egg & Ham Muffin visit http://www.incredibleegg.org/recipes/recipe/microwave-egg-ham-muffin?from=/recipes/collection/fast-breakfast/five-minutes. Another great lunch item that you can prepare the night before and store in the fridge is the classic Egg Salad Sandwich http://ncegg.org/recipes/classic-egg-salad/.
No Stress Dinner Recipes:
Getting the whole family to sit down at the table for dinner every night is important. It gives everyone a chance to catch up on each other’s day and take a break from homework. However, you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen to prepare a delicious meal. Try this tasty Hamburger Pie http://ncegg.org/recipes/hamburger-pie/. It only takes 30 minutes, has few ingredients and will be sure to leave your family with happy bellies. Another great recipe is this Mexican Egg Casserole http://ncegg.org/recipes/mexican-egg-casserole/. It’s a healthy alternative to traditional tacos and only 30 minutes to bake.
For more breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes head over to www.ncegg.org.
Hope everyone has an egg-celent first week!