Back to School Meals made easy shopping at Smart & Final!
It is already stressful enough starting back to school. Between pickups, dropoffs, homework and just getting back into the swing of things- here are some ways you can make dinner EASY!
Of course I always get the best ideas and plan at Smart & Final! One trip and that’s it- I can get any size of items I need for the family and more.
For the first week of school I like to put together BASIC meals. If you don’t have a plan, you may end up going out to eat-and if you are like me, you have spent enough money already-PLUS going out to eat still takes so much time
Here are some deas for meals that are 3-4 ingredients with minimal preparation.
Stir Fry– First Street Orange Chicken, heat and eat rice, and frozen stir-fry veggies.
Chili Dogs– Hot Dogs, First Street Buns, Chili, and a bag of chips or frozen fries.
Chicken Caeser Salad and Breadsticks– Caeser Sald Kit (family size) Tyson Frozen Chicken Strips and First Street Breadsticks (My kids LOVE these)
Crockpot Tacos– Chicken Breasts, block of cream cheese, small jar of salsa- cook on low all day and shred, serve in tortillas.
Texas Toast Pizzas- Frozen Garlic Texas Toast, pizza sauce, cheese and toppings, bake until cheese is melted.
Meatball Subs– First Street frozen meatballs, marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese- add chips or fries.
Spaghetti and Meatballs– Use the meatballs to make spaghetti and meatballs and serve with a salad kit or frozen garlic bread from previous meals
By having the items on hand to make easy meals you will save time and CLEAN-UP. These 7 meals are my first week of meals with school starting. I go to Smart & Final- I buy many items with the First Street brand because they are a better deal and tastes as good or better. Then I grab the lunch and breakfast items-plus any bulk snacks and drinks needed for lunches. They also have great prices on staples like milk, eggs, cheese, bread, etc. If you make a list you can get everything in ONE TRIP! No big stores, extra stores-or wasted time.
I know these may not be completely healthy ideas or the freshest of ingredients-but it is better than fast food-and much cheaper. The first week of school I would rather focus on the kids and family unitl we establish our new routine and then I can bring back more of our usual meals when things calm down.