The Complete Back to School Food Checklist

Lauri Patterson

Are you ready for the new school year? Whether you pack a brown bag lunch, give your kids after-school treats, or are determined to send them off on the bus with a nutritious breakfast in their tummies, this is what you need to know. Bookmark this page to get the best ideas for lunch boxes, nutritious snacks, and quick and delicious breakfasts. Happy new school year!

Back to School!

Top Ten Brown Bag Lunch Recipes

These ten super easy and delicious recipes are all perfect to pack in your child's lunch box. Yum.

Last Minute Breakfast Recipes

During busy school mornings, breakfast may be the last thing on your mind. But it's important that kids eat a good breakfast so their minds are alert and they perform well in school. These recipes can be made in 10 minutes or less; then they'll finish cooking or baking while you get the kids up!

Top Five Freeze Ahead Lunch Box Sandwiches

Make some sandwiches right now and freeze them, so when school is in session you can treat your freezer like a deli. Really!

Top 10 Back to School Ideas

These are the top ten ways to make going back to school easy and fun too.

Menus for a Busy Weeknight

These delicious and easy menus are perfect for the hectic school days. Relax with your kids, talk about your day, and enjoy your time together.

Make Ahead Sandwich Spreads

These recipes can be used in wrap sandwiches or tiny dollar buns, or they can be spread into celery sticks or used as dips.

Plus, they're delicious and good for you too!

Top 10 Lunchbox Sandwich Recipes

These excellent sandwich recipes can survive the rough-and-tumble environment of the average grade school lunch box with flying colors. And they're delicious!

Make Ahead Breakfast Recipes

When you can wake up to a breakfast that's already ready (except for some toasting, perhaps) you are more likely to eat a good meal and start your day off right.

Breakfast Sandwich Recipes

Breakfast sandwiches are a great way to tempt picky appetites and get some nutrition into your kids before school. These quick and easy recipes are also perfect when you're running late and need to eat breakfast on the run.

Brown Bag Lunch Ideas and Menus

With these menus, you know that the lunch you pack for your child will be eaten. By him!

Meals Under Ten Dollars

And you don't have to spend a lot of money to eat well. These delicious meals all cost ten dollars or less to prepare. I'm not a magician, so I don't promise all the prices are accurate, especially since some of them were developed years ago. But these meals are inexpensive, healthy, and delicious.

Brown Bag Lunch Recipes

These recipes are varied, quick, and easy to suit everyone's tastes. Be sure to follow the tips for best results.

After School Snacking

Since kids should eat every few hours, when they get home from school they're hungry! Have a great snack or two waiting for them.

Healthy After School Snacks to Pack

If your kids stay after school for sports or other activities, these healthy snacks are great choices for them to take along.

Cooking in the Dorm

For kids off to college, and if cooking is allowed in the dorm rooms, these ideas will help her feed herself healthy food and stay safe!

Appetizer Dips and Spreads

Keep some of these foods in the fridge, along with a good supply of breads and dippers (including fresh vegetables!) and your kids can feed themselves.

Top 10 Quick Bread and Muffin Recipes

These recipes are perfect for breakfast as well as snacks and tucking into lunchboxes.

All About Crockpots

Now that everybody is busy at work and school, it's time to pull out your crockpot! You can all come home to dinner that's ready and waiting for you. Enjoy!