I really struggled to make meals this summer.  When it is so hot, it is difficult to want to prepare meals and heat up the house. Truthfully, you don’t have much of an appetite when it is sweltering outside.  But, now September has arrived, the kids are back in school, and there is a chill in the air at night…time to get back to a regular cooking routine, no more excuses!  Today, thanks to Country Crock and healthy eating guru Joy Bauer,  I am sharing with you some great recipes to try out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, perfect for the fall weather.  I am all about planning meals ahead to make for easier weeknights, so I hope you will enjoy some new healthy ideas to feed your family and put them on your menu to try out!

 

Breakfast of champions – these wholesome meals will get the kids’ school day started off on the right foot:

·         Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Parfaits – A recipe from Joy Bauer – a mother of three –  you can’t go wrong with this parfait that has apples, non-fat yogurt and quinoa – to give your kids the boost they need to ace that test!

Total prep/cook time: 15 minutes

·         Mini Spring Veggie and Avocado Frittatas – Yet another recipe from Joy Bauer – that packs a flavorful punch – these frittatas that come in small, bite-sized pieces – are perfect for pint-sized eaters.

Total prep/cook time: 30 minutes

With these tasty morsels, you can give your child the energy they need to give it their all at soccer practice with these perfect afterschool snacks:

·         Unfried Zucchini Fries – Your kids’ eyes will light up when they hear you’re treating them to fries for their snack – little do they know they’ll be munching on a more nutritious alternative.

Total prep/cook time: 30 minutes

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·         Snackin’ Mini Pizza Bites – A childhood favorite transformed into bite-sized sandwiches – delizioso!

Total prep/cook time: 21 minutes

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·         Easy Honey Mustard Potato Packets– Honey mustard makes everything a little bit better – and your little ones will love these potatoes that pack a punch of flavor.

Total prep/cook time: 40 minutes

Feed the family in just minutes with these easy – but nutritious – weeknight dinners:

·         Fettuccine with Fall Veggies in a Tomato Cream Sauce  And one more from Joy Bauer – this pasta is so delicious your kids won’t even realize all the veggies that have snuck onto their plate.

Total prep/cook time: 35 minutes

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·         Buttery “Spaghetti”– A healthier version of your favorite pasta dish – get the nutrients that come with squash – but with that spaghetti taste you know and love.

Total prep/cook time: 35 minutes

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·         Easy Chicken Skillet One Dish Dinner – Easy is an understatement – but this hearty dish, while simple, tastes so gourmet no one will know it took you less than an hour to throw together.

Total prep/cook time: 35 minutes