School is back in session, which means exhaustion for the kids. Because of this, we, as parents, should help them out by making their meals nutritious, delicious, and fun! Don’t worry, you are not alone in this. We’re making a list of back to school recipes, and you’re going to love it!
Why you will love our back to school recipes
They are easy. How else could we help you if it were to complicate things? We understand how tough it is to take care of your child and their health, and we want to help.
They are delicious. Kids love this kind of stuff. Who doesn’t? Even adults sometimes refuse to eat something we don’t want. At Healthy Kitchen 101, we try to make everything as tasty as possible. Delicious food equals happy meals, right?
Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look.
Our 13 picks of back to school recipes
A “back to school recipes” list would not be complete without breakfast or lunch ideas. What you can expect in this list of ours are basic recipes that come with a little twist in the ingredients to make them healthier.
For example, our first recipe: pancakes with a banana twist.
Pancakes are a basic breakfast recipe. They’re full of carbohydrates, just the kind of energy that your kids need in the morning. But unlike the same-old recipe that packs only carbs, this blueberry banana pancake also has added vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber, to keep your kids healthy and active for longer.
Regarding simplicity, I’m sure by now everyone knows how to make pancakes— whisk all the ingredients together, spoon a healthy amount of batter onto the pan and flip when it’s time. This recipe only has an extra step of mashing bananas. No biggie, right?
If your kids love pancakes, I’m sure these blueberry banana pancakes will be their new favorite. They have all the properties of a tasty dessert— sweet, creamy, and moist. Your kids are basically having dessert for breakfast, and who doesn’t want that?
Aren’t burgers easy? You just need to fry (or grill) the patties and assemble the fixings. Not to mention, sloppy joes require less attention than the traditional version of burgers, because unlike meat patties, you don’t need to check the doneness of sloppy joe meat. It’s a one-pan job to cook, and it’s a fun job for your kids to help assemble the buns.
But the important thing is, are they delicious? If the question you’re asking can be rephrased into “do kids love burgers with a saucy meat filling?”, I think I’ll just leave the picture of this juicy meat, veg and bun, and let you decide…
They’re basically homemade fruit cups! The recipe just requires some cutting and mixing. Even better, they can be kept in the fridge for days, so make a batch and divide into portions for a whole week’s fun! The kids can have it in the morning, at lunch or for an after-school snack, up to them.
If your kids love fruit, they’re going to love this sweet salad. If your kids dislike fruit, this is the best version of fruit they will ever get in their life (well, except for cocktails, but that’s way inappropriate for kids!). Everything is in bite-size pieces and glazed with a light sweet maple syrup that most will find hard to resist.
Stuffed shells are pasta with a filling of your choice, usually meat and cheese. They’re warm, creamy, and totally alterable— meaty or vegan. What’s best about them is they are microwave-friendly, a perfect idea for a busy week’s dinners.
Although it takes some time to prepare, the dish only involves simple steps— boil the pasta shells, mix the filling, stuff the shells and bake. If you haven’t got a lot of time, gather your kids to help you with the filling. Don’t you see it? In the kitchen together, cooking up a storm. What brings a family closer than times like these?
The dish is pretty similar to other pasta dishes, with the cheese, pasta, and sauce. Our recipe calls for cheese and tofu as the filling, but you can make as many changes as you want— bacon, spinach, or something else of your liking. Even better, you can ask the kids. They usually love to give input, and are more likely to eat it if they do!
Cute, simple, and super sweet, this chocolate covered strawberry recipe is something all those with a sweet tooth need. It’ll be a tasty dessert that will make your kids enjoy not only eating, but also sharing with their best friends. That’s the spirit of back to school recipes— sharing.
Just like you’d think, the steps to make these goodies are preparing the chocolate and dipping the strawberries in. Again, your kids can help you make this dessert and I’m sure they’ll be glad to. If they do want to share the treat with their special friend, they might make an extra special effort!
When it comes to tastiness, strawberries and chocolate are among the few combinations of fruit and chocolate that really make sense. They are so simple in flavor, yet so irresistibly delicious.
Arroz con pollo is a sophisticated Spanish chicken and rice recipe that packs flavor and won’t disappoint. The chicken is cooked until tender, and the rice absorbs all of the flavors from the broth and chicken juices. Mmm!
Since this dish is a bit delicate, you’re going to need to keep in mind a few things. Number one, infuse white wine with saffron; number two, sear the chicken skin; number three, cook the veg with wine until the wine evaporates completely. That sounds like a lot of work, so save this recipe for days when you want to celebrate successes.
Besides the chicken, we’ve got bell peppers, onions, garlic, bay leaf, parsley, saffron, and dry white wine. These aromatic ingredients are to bring out the flavor of the Spanish cuisine. I don’t think saying no is a wise move to make here.
Although simple, lemonade is a must-have in just about any list of back to school recipes! It feels like a treat. Who doesn’t love a cup of refreshing, vita-bomb lemonade?
But the thing is yellow lemonades are so decades ago and are basically sold anywhere. Now is the time for strawberry lemonade, a colorful, unique alternative that will impress just about anyone, especially your kids and their friends.
It does not take expert culinary skills to make this strawberry lemonade. There are only a few steps like squeezing lemons, making the sugar syrup and the strawberry pureé. Besides having to clean the food processor and the saucepan, the rest of the work is no biggie.
If your kids prefer soda drinks more than juices, you can add a few cups of sparkling water to mimic the sensation of carbonated beverages like coke. It’s a more natural alternative to soft drinks that your kids will find tasty.
Taquitos are crunchy fried taco rolls with a meat filling. Since no frying is involved in this recipe, your kids can have as many rolls as they want without fear of getting trans fat.
The original recipe calls for meat only, but we decided to include finely chopped zucchini. It adds not only a decent amount of fiber but also a creamy texture to the meat filling. The best part? No one would ever detect that it’s zucchini! That’s what I call healthy in disguise.
And don’t you worry about how to make the rolls. It’s all basic— cook the filling, pre-bake the taco shells, roll, and in the oven they go. When they come out, all that is left to do is to find a sauce to go with it. Salsa is a good go to, but my favorite is plain tomato with some basil, blended, in case you need a little inspiration.
What I love about egg muffin cups is that they are cute, protein-packed, straightforward and tasty. Plus, they make a good breakfast and lunch for the kids to take with them.
The steps to baking these cups are super simple, as long as you have muffin tins lying around. Take one tin, and put the filling in each cup, following this order: whisked egg, ham, cheese, and onions. Then, you just have to bake everything in the oven and serve! It’s keto, gluten-free and, of course, low-carb.
Again with the muffin cups (they work great for individual servings), we’re making lasagna in this recipe.
It’s not the basic lasagna you usually have. These cute little cups are crunchy lasagna made with wonton wrappers instead of pasta sheets. Surprised? Well, it’s actually a better alternative because wonton wrappers have much fewer carbs, require no pre-cooking, and become crispy after baking. If your kids are anything like me, they’ll love such a crunchy twist.
There’s a little more prep but the steps are simple. First, cook the meat and add the sauce. Second, mix the cheese mixture. Then, layer the wrappers in the cups and put the filling in. Finally, bake and enjoy. Not too hard, right?
Pizza and pasta! Delicious and all in one pot. Even the name sounds inviting, doesn’t it?
Just to be clear, this is a pot of pasta, but with an all-time favorite topping combination— cheese, sausage, and pepperoni. If it’s not your thing, be creative! That’s what I love about pizzas, how you can add all kinds of fixings, anything you want: meat, veg, cheese, seafood, etc.
I also love the doughless part, too. No yeast, no kneading. We simply cook the pasta WITH THE TOPPING, sprinkle cheese on top then let it all go through a quick broil in the oven to melt. Dinner is served within minutes, warm and ready for when the kids get home.
Toast is crunchy and can be made however you want. This time, we’re making an all-veggie avocado toast with cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, and balsamic dressing. Perfect for a breakfast on-the-go, don’t you think?
The combination of toppings may sound more appealing to adults, but you never know kids. And since toasts are so versatile, you can add a healthy amount of cheese, crispy bacon, runny fried egg or even both, to tempt the kids.
And when it comes to toasts, nothing beats them in the how-easy-is-your-breakfast contest. Mash the avocados, slice up the tomatoes and mushrooms then start assembling! More avocados, fewer tomatoes, it’s all up to you.
I love meals made in a bowl. Don’t you? Each spoonful is unique and you get to experience a variety of flavors and textures in every bite. At the age of creativity, kids will love the idea of mixing and matching.
And yes, you’ve guessed it, this is how we make the bowls: cook the shrimp, prep the veg, and start assembling. Simple, isn’t it? No complicated cooking skills required to bring the flavors out, because the ingredients themselves are flavorful enough.
Despite the dish having enough flavors, I’d like to add some chopped jalapeno without the seeds for a little bit of heat. You can make spicy bowls and non-spicy bowls, depending on your family’s preferences. If your kids are not seafood fans you could switch the shrimp out for chicken, lentils or another source of protein.