Back to School Recipes

Make back to school meals stress-free with easy recipes for breakfast on-the-go, brown bag lunches, after school snacks, and quick dinners.

Staff Picks

Turkey Wraps

Rating: 4.56 stars
These light and tasty wraps are great for lunch, or slice them smaller and they make wonderful party appetizers or great little after-school snacks.

Apple Ladybug Treats

Rating: 4.82 stars
Red apples are decorated to look like lady bugs. This is a quick and fun snack that kids will enjoy making and eating. For once kids can play with their food.
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School Lunch Bagel Sandwich

Rating: 4.71 stars
This sandwich mixes the goodness of bagels with the crunch of dill pickles. I came up with this sandwich for my son who loves bagels and cream cheese but I felt his favorite needed something extra to really make it a lunch. This is kid-tested good, and you can alter the veggies according to what your child likes.

Easy Granola Bars

Rating: 4.6 stars
Fantastic bars that have a lot of flexibility. You can adapt the recipe to your liking. Great for hikes, long road trips and camping as they store well and keep fairly long - unless you eat them all! Use any combination of chocolate chips, dried fruit, coconut, pecans, almond slices, or any other tidbits you'd like in a granola bar.

Breakfast Cups

Rating: 4.27 stars
This is a good way to get the morning going. Just give yourself about an hour. They are filling and versatile. Kids can also help some.

Lunch Box Hot Hot Dogs

Rating: 4.75 stars
When the kids need a break from sandwiches, why not send them with a hot hot dog to warm their bellies before going out to play?

Chef John's Macaroni and Cheese

Rating: 4.38 stars
This easy-to-make old-school macaroni and cheese has a perfectly crispy crust.

School Lunchroom Cafeteria Rolls

Rating: 4.57 stars
These rolls are JUST like the ones the cafeteria ladies make in the school lunch rooms! My 8-year-old daughter loves the cafeteria rolls and said my recipe was even better! You can't mess these up! They are super easy and everyone will want the recipe. We eat the leftovers for breakfast or put cheese and turkey in warmed rolls for a quick lunch!

Sheri's Fun Fruit Turkey

Rating: 4.86 stars
This fun fruit plate is great for Thanksgiving. Serve with chocolate sauce or yogurt. The possibilities are endless! Prepare all ingredients and set out on a table for the kids to assemble. Makes for a fun afternoon!

Fresh Orange Juice

Rating: 4.43 stars
In response to a request about how to make fresh squeezed orange juice. It takes a little work, but it tastes much better than orange juice from concentrate.

Banana Oat Muffins

Rating: 4.49 stars
A healthy and delicious morning treat!

Sloppy Joes II

Rating: 4.67 stars
This is the recipe my mother used for sloppy joes and it always gets compliments!

Inspiration and Ideas

Treats They Won't Trade Away

Sugar cookies, homemade granola bars, and brownies that'll make them the envy of the lunchroom crowd.

Weeknight Meals

You need quick, they want fun to eat. Find the best of both worlds.

Classic Bran Muffins

Rating: 4.79 stars

A delicious source of fiber! My family have them almost every morning. Great healthy muffins! You may substitute dates for the raisins if you wish.