If I can be honest, as much as I love to cook, I struggle getting dinner together these days. Some nights I actually make something like baked risotto with chicken, other times I will use my slow cooker, and then there are the nights I make baked chicken nuggets and fries. Those nights are my favorite. Why? It’s easy.
I always have a snack on hand for school pickup, so my kids can eat it on the way home and have more time to play outside. Some ideas include cheese sticks, cereal bars, granola bars, bananas or apples. If you want to get festive with a snack idea, check out Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Pumpkin Muffins.
If you’re from New England, you may have heard of or eaten a dish called American Chop Suey. It’s a simple dish involving ground beef, elbow macaroni, seasonings and sometimes vegetables. I grew up with it and I love that my kids like it, too. Since I don’t want to eat the same things every week, I decided to put a twist on this family staple.
I’ve been searching for ways to make the transition from summer to school easier and have come across some great lunch hacks. I’ve tested them and they all work. Hooray for easier lunches!
It’s actually possible that your kids eat more during the summer. No, really. I have experience. First it’s breakfast, then snack an hour later, lunch an hour after that, another snack after that and so on. Our kids burn energy so fast that they pretty much need to constantly eat to feel satisfied. To be honest, I would love to eat small bites of food throughout the day!
Over the years, I’ve gotten better at packing snacks super quick. With little kids, I’ve learned you have a small window to do just about anything, so you’ve got to move fast. In my opinion, as long as you have snacks in your pantry and refrigerator, you will be ready to leave for a car ride at a moment’s notice.
When your new baby is your fourth child, life around you still moves full speed ahead. Because of our hectic life at the moment, my kids have enjoyed more take-out for dinner and food on the go. I recently learned Wendy’s has some yummy, fresh options for the summer.
I hope by now you’ve all put it in your calendar to visit your local Dunkin’ Donuts on May 24 for Iced Coffee Day. We are just days away, and to celebrate, Jackie Bradley Jr. from the Boston Red Sox will be at a preview event on May 22.