Can you believe that Summer is coming to an end and it is time for school to start once again? This transition brings both excitements and concerns for a great school year. To help ease the transition and make this the best school year ever, Plan to Eat partnered with Easy Real Food to bring you Back to School with Real Food! This is our August challenge, designed to help you get healthy food in your lunch boxes and on your dinner tables as we head back into a school year.
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We’re excited to be partnering with Kiran from Easy Real Food to bring you all of the recipes in this challenge! Kiran is an Integrative Health Counselor, a mother of 4, has made a few school lunches in her mothering career, and even wrote a book about it! If you are looking for tips and tricks to make your school lunches nutritious, fun, and easy, post a question to her in the Back to School with Real Food Facebook Group.
“While school will be starting soon, hold on to those last few days of togetherness. There’s still time to get your kids involved in the kitchen AND take them shopping with you. Think I’m nuts? Here are my reasons why.”
Kiran has put together four weeks of amazing recipes to help you get back to school with tasty meals your whole family will love. Week 1 includes:
Mac and Cheese Bites
These are a fabulous lunchbox food, but they are also always enjoyed on lazy summer days at home, and are perfectly portable for the pool.
Chocolate Banana Pudding
Get your kids to help you make this healthified version of chocolate pudding.
Kale and Quinoa Salad
Enjoy a light salad that is quick to prepare with a super easy dressing.
The Best Guacamole
This is always a winner with last minute (or well planned out) guests.
The Mac and Cheese Bites are really tasty (for adults and kids)! The Chocolate Banana Pudding is the perfect treat to encourage our kids after the first week back in school. The Kale and Quinoa Salad is an excellent addition to any meal, or add a protein and you’ve got a main dish on your hands! Lastly, Guacamole… Need I say more?
Win 1 free year of Plan to Eat!
(and a few other goodies!!)
We’ll be doing two drawings for giveaways throughout Back to School with Real Food. The first will happen on August 12, and the second will happen on September 1. Each winner will receive:
1 Free year of Plan to Eat
Stay organized by knowing what’s for dinner! Having a meal plan will help you save money, lower your stress in the kitchen, and help you eat more meals together as a household. Plan to Eat is a great tool to help you keep up and running all year long, even after the grind of after school activities set in!
1 Plan to Eat shopping bag
Our sturdy canvas shopping bag can handle the heaviest of groceries! We evaluated dozens of tote bags before finding just the right one. Not too deep, not too shallow, not too large, not too small…. It’s just the right size for a gallon of milk and some fresh produce.
2 ECOlunchbox Three-in-One Stainless Steel Food Container Set
Designed by an experienced lunch-packer and mother of two, this 100% stainless steel lunchbox set works great for packing a small sandwich on the bottom plus a wet and dry side dish in the top container. Each winner will receive 2 sets!
2 Silcone 6 cup Muffin Tin
Muffins are fantastic for on-the-go lunches — three of the recipes in the challenge include the use of a muffin tins! These silicone muffin pans are great for turning out muffins quickly (and cleanly!) and are super-easy to wash. Each winner will receive 2 muffin pans to bake a dozen muffin all at one time.
1 Free download of Real Lunches, Real Easy
Why did we ask Kiran to host this challenge about going back to school? Because she has partnered with 100 Days of Real Food to write a book about it! Real Lunches, Real Easy includes recipes, lunch-packing tips and tricks, and 3 months of school lunches that you can use again and again all year long! The book will be available later this month and our winners will receive a free copy.
This swoon-worthy $155 prize package can be yours! Simply enter by joining Back to School with Real Food and filling in the form below. After confirming that you have joined Back to School with Real Food, you will have opportunities for additional entries.
Looking for other back to school tips and tricks? Come join us in the Back to School with Real Food Facebook group! In the group you will find friends, discuss tips and tricks, and share recipes to help you get ready to start the school year. Ask Kiran for tips to make your school lunches great!
Our Back to School Pinterest board will give you additional resources and recipes for this challenge. We’ll continue to build this board as the month continues, so check back in!
To help you get ready for this school year we wanted to direct you to our previous challenges, all of which are designed to make your weeknight dinners efficient and delicious:
- Make Ahead Meals
Cook once and eat all week. It’s easier than you think!
- One Pot Meals
Entire meals made with one pot.
- Grill It!
Fantastic recipes that are healthy, easy to cook, and completely delicious.
- Instant Pot Recipes
If you’re into your Instant Pot, these are for you.
You can connect to these challenges in your Plan to Eat account to access the recipes we have provided over the last few months. Not only are these recipes phenomenal, they are designed to save you time and help you create an amazing meal plan. Each of the links will take you to the challenge landing page where you can connect directly to the challenge recipes in your Plan to Eat account.
You will send your audience to the Back to School with Real Food landing page and receive the referral!
Let’s make this school year great by with lunches and dinners that both nutritious and easy.