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8 Healthy Back-to-School Meals

8 Healthy Back-to-School Meals

Make delicious and wholesome food for your family this fall with these easy recipes from Tessemae's All Natural

Make this flavorful salmon with only 6 ingredients.

Back-to-school can be a busy time of year; you’ve got to get into a new routine that involves plenty of extra to-dos like homework and extra-curricular activities. Between football practice, piano lessons, and the class bake sale, it can be hard to find time to cook wholesome meals that your whole family will love. Fortunately, there are short cuts.

Any busy parent knows that if you want your children to eat healthy, you’ve got to make something they’ll love eating. The Vetter brothers, founders of the condiment and salad dressing company Tessemae’s All Natural, have eight great ideas about using salad dressing to quickly and easily add tons of delicious flavor to healthy dishes, like their line of products these recipes use real, all-natural ingredients so you can feel good about what you’re feeding your family.

Whether you’re looking for healthy breakfast options, a fresh take on lunchbox classics, or a healthy and delicious dinner that’s on the table in minutes, these recipes can help.

Breakfast
If you need make-ahead breakfast options try this Chia Coconut Pudding with Fresh Fruit or Ham and Egg Omelet Cups. Both can be made the day before and are easy to pack to-go if you’re need breakfast on the run.

Lunch
School-age children will love finding Turkey Pinwheels in their lunch box, a fun alternative to the traditional turkey sandwich. And parents need healthy lunches to go, too; try a sweet and crunchy twist on Tuna Salad or a Chopped Kale Salad.

After-School Snack
Swap sugary, over-processed snacks for Zesty Ranch Nut Mix. Nuts are a great source of protein, vitamins, and minerals; the zesty ranch flavor is just an added bonus!

Dinner
Give yourself fewer things to do on weeknights with these easy dinner ideas: if you plan ahead and marinate salmon for at least 30 minutes then Salmon with Chesapeake Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad takes just 4–6 minutes in the oven. You can also make sweet and savory grilled BBQ Pork Chops with Peaches and Sweet Onions in well under a half an hour.

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Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.


100-Calorie Meals: 8 Healthy Recipes That Are Surprisingly Good

Americans are eating way more calories than recommended and you may be surprised to discover that a sweet tooth isn't the only thing to blame.

While the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day (which amounts to an extra 350 of empty calories), it isn't just our penchant for snacking on sugary blueberry muffins that's the problem. What we have for our main meals contributes to weight problems too.

From pizzas and pasta to beef and dairy-laden dishes, our typical lunch and dinner choices often mean we're packing in more than the recommended daily intake of 1,500 to 2,500 calories.

While having a low-calorie breakfast can go a long way in helping you lose weight, sticking to 100-calorie meals for lunch or dinner will also help to reduce your overall calorie count.

But before you think we've relegated you to a life of carrot sticks and lemon water, don't fret. The Cereal School is all about making food healthy and fun, so we have a list of tasty and wholesome 100-calorie meals just for you.


20 Back to School Korean Recipes

It&rsquos back to school time. I&rsquove put together a collection of recipes to make feeding yourself and your family fun and easy.

From Korean lunch box ideas and after-school snacks to easy kid-friendly dinners, these are some of the dishes that kids grow up eating in Korea. Your kids will love them too!

Some of these can be prepared and stored in the freezer. Simply take them out and reheat to feed your hungry kids. Some of them are easy dinners you can whip up quickly or prepare ahead of time.

Bite-sized boneless chicken pieces make this dish so easy to make. The sauce is sweet and tangy with a little spicy kick from the gochujang (Korean red chili pepper paste). Replace gochujang partially or entirely with ketchup for your younger children.

The most popular on-the-go meal in Korea! Your children will love to see these rice rolls in their lunch box. Gimbap (or kimbap) is really not that hard to make it at home with my step-by-step guide!

Gimbap (orkimbap) can&rsquot get any easier than this! But, they are addictive with or without a sauce!

A highly popular Korean street food and a delicious comfort food you can easily make at home! This was a popular after school snack growing up. You can adjust the spicy level to your kids&rsquo taste.

This traditional version of tteokbokki is perfect for those who don&rsquot do well with the spiciness of the red spicy tteokbokki above. It&rsquos mildly flavored with a soy sauce based sauce.

Make these Korean dumplings ahead of time and freeze. You&rsquoll be able to feed your hungry kids in no time when the time comes!

Give your children a sweet treat! This chewy, gooey and nutty Korean stuffed pancake, hotteok, is a popular street snack. The pancakes freeze really well, so just pop them in the toaster or microwave to reheat.

Gyeran mari is hugely popular as a lunch box item! It&rsquos also a delicious side dish that you can whip up last minute for any Korean meal.

Another childhood favorite! These little egg-battered meat balls were a favorite for packing in the school lunch boxes. It was always a special treat to have a few of these meatballs with a meal.

Turn your Korean BBQ short ribs into a popular Korean/Mexican fusion dish. You can also make these with bulgogi, dak (chicken) bulgogi, or dweji (pork) bulgogi. A delicious way to use up the leftover marinated meat too!

Who wouldn&rsquot like fried rice wrapped in egg omelette? Flavored with sweet and tangy ketchup, omurice is especially popular among children.

A delicious, comfort food we all grew up eating! The instant curry mix makes this dish so easy to make. Add lots of meat and vegetables to make it a hearty dish everyone loves.

Skewered eomuk simmered in a light savory broth is hugely popular at street food carts and stalls in Korea. At home, eomuk guk can be prepared without skewers as an easy everyday soup!

This simple potato soup is one of my childhood favorite soups! There are many different ways to make gamjaguk, but this recipe is how my mother used to make it when we were growing up.

Tangsuyuk is a Chinese sweet and sour pork (or beef) dish adapted for Korean taste. It&rsquos a beloved Korean-Chinese dish along with the two noodle dishes, jajangmyeon (noodles in black bean sauce) and jjambbong (spicy noodle soup). You&rsquoll find it surprisingly easy to make!

Tonkatsy is a dish that made its way into Korea by way of Japan and became widely popular, especially among children! The Korean version usually is thinner and larger than the Japanese version, so it cooks up very quickly!

Deeply embedded in the childhood memories of every Korean, jajangmyeon (or jjajangmyeon), is another popular Korean-Chinese noodle dish. Everyone loves it!

I haven&rsquot met any child who doesn&rsquot like this classic noodle dish with beef and vegetables! Great as an appetizer, snack, light meal or side dish.

Made with thinly sliced beef, bulgogi doesn&rsquot take much time to prepare or marinate, making it perfect for a weeknight meal your family will love!

Another easy dinner recipe that&rsquos hugely popular on the blog. The bite size chicken pieces marinate and cook quickly, making this dish another great option for a weeknight meal!


Tips for making school lunches easier

Since we have to make at least 200 lunches for our kids (and this includes homeschoolers too!), we might as well make it easier on ourselves… amiright?

Here are some simple things you can try:

  • Involve your kids. Depending on your child’s age, have them cut up veggies, grab an apple out of the fridge, pack crackers, you get the idea. By having your kid help, you are teaching them to navigate the kitchen as well as boosting confidence and knowledge. You can also take the opportunity to teach them about healthy foods and macronutrient balance with each lunch! (If your kids don’t know how to prep food, consider enrolling in the Kids Cook Real Food course.) Also, let your kids come up with school lunch ideas, too!
  • Cook in bulk. Consider making extra for dinner each night and pack leftovers for lunch. Or, make big batches of healthy gummy men, muffins, waffles, pasta, and rice & beans and store in freezer. Take out what you want to pack the night before to defrost and throw it into your kid’s lunch the next day.
  • Use “convenience” foods. I’m not talking processed or fast foods but rather easy and very “packable” real foods like cherry/grape tomatoes, pitted olives, defrosted frozen peas/lima beans/corn, organic berries, clementines, organic grapes, string cheese, hard boiled eggs, organic jerky sticks, drinkable yogurt, healthy snacks like olive oil popcorn, seed crackers, or sprouted nuts & seeds
  • Freeze a few “emergency” meals. For those occasions when you have a late night and have to scramble for a lunch the next day, consider freezing a few lunches that you can grab and go. Some school lunch ideas include: bean burritos, almond & honey sandwich, turkey roll ups, etc. Add a piece of fruit and a drink, and you’ve got yourself a balanced meal for your child.

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HELPFUL TIPS WHEN PACKING SCHOOL LUNCHES


70 Tasty, Healthy Lunch Ideas That Will Truly Keep You Full Until Dinner

Further proof that delicious, nutritious, and easy-to-make lunches are possible.

Getting bored of the same lunch salad every day? Instead of plowing through uninspired lunches for yet another week, try mixing up your midday meal routine. And who said a healthy lunch always needs to be a salad? These crazy delicious soup, sandwich, and pasta recipes are proof that diet-friendly lunches are much more than just a bed of greens. Not only are these lunches super easy, they're also super quick &mdash you can throw them together in a few spare minutes in the morning, or set aside a little bit of meal prep time the night before. Either way, you'll start looking forward to getting to eat these healthy and easy lunch ideas.

The heartiest items on our lunch menus are chock-full of lean protein, which can help you feel satisfied all the way up until dinner &mdash think staples like chicken and salmon, rich dairy sources including cottage cheese and yogurt, and nutrient-packed add-ons like seeds (i.e. sunflower seeds!) and legumes. And don't be surprised if you see a lot of ingredients with lots of fiber, like avocado and chickpeas, as they're low in calories and also aid in helping you feel wholly satisfied.

Not only will you fill up on the good stuff (that means no more post-lunch crash!), but these easy-to-prep recipes are seriously affordable, which means you'll have more money to spend when the weekend rolls around. Of course, healthy eating doesn't stop at noon: start your day off with a healthy breakfast recipe and then keep it going with one of these low-calorie dinners.

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5. Smoothies

Smoothies are a great option for getting out the door quickly and you can use whatever you have on hand. As long as there is some type of milk or yogurt in the house, you can make smoothies. Add frozen or fresh fruit, vegetables like spinach, broccoli or kale and nut butters, spices or honey to make them extra special. I've found that half a banana can cover the flavor of any leafy green if you prefer that your smoothie not taste like vegetables, but still want to get the added health benefits.

If you're taking your smoothies with you, you can actually blend them using a mason jar and then pop the lid on for easy travel.


14. Miso Yaki Onigiri

Onigiri is one of my favorite foods to pack into a bento lunch box. This Miso Yaki Onigiri is slathered with sweet, savory miso sauce and grilled to perfection. It’s easy to grill up an extra dozen of the rice balls and save them for lunch. Round up the bento with a colorful salad, edamame, and sliced fruits. If you happened to make Japanese potato salad the same night, it should go really well with the miso yaki onigiri for lunch!

Cook the Pork Belly for dinner and pack it for a comforting work lunch! In the bento box, throw in tomatoes, tamagoyaki, and furikake over rice with the braised pork.


Healthy Eating and Fitness Recipes for the Whole Family

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Other meal prep recipes

26.The Italian Couscous Salad from Chelsea’s Messy Apron mixes tons of Italian flavors for a meal prep recipe that’s easy and healthy.

27. Turkey snap pea stir fry bowls from Project Meal Plan:

28. Ham and Cheddar Pinwheels from Chelsea’s Messy Apron is the perfect meal prep recipe when you’re rushed for time because it comes together so quickly!

29. Easy deconstructed spring roll in a jar from Carmy gives you the taste of spring rolls without all the work! Easy + healthy meal prep recipe.

30. Honey Sriracha Glazed Meatballs from Eat Yourself Skinny pack a ton of flavor in about 300 calories.

31. Breakfast hash with hard boiled eggs is a meal prep recipe that’s low cal, gluten free, high in protein and full of fiber. From Skinny Fitalicious:

32. Mini sausage and veggie omelettes can be made ahead and frozen for quick meal prep breakfasts or lunches. From Must Have Mom.

33. This post from Green Healthy Kitchen shows you to how prep four different meals in one go if you’re looking for more variety from your meal prep recipes.