Quick & Easy Breakfast and Lunch Recipe Ideas for the School Year


July 28, 2020 | Food Lion
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As we get ready for the new school year, you may be busy buying school supplies and doing other important preparations. But, as we all know, things look a little different this year. Some students may be attending school virtually, some may be going in person and others may be doing a combination of the two. 

No matter what the case is for your little ones, one thing will remain the same this year! You’ll still need some go-to quick & easy recipes for breakfast and lunch to make sure your kiddos get the nutrition they need to do their very best. Luckily, we’ve put together a list of 4 breakfast and lunch recipe ideas in this blog that are simple and speedy to make. 

And while you’re crafting these dishes, keep in mind that meal prep is key when it comes to staying on track throughout the week. After all, the school year can get a little hectic sometimes. That’s why most of these recipes can be made ahead of time and served when you need them!

Back-to-School Breakfast Recipe Ideas

Protein-Packed Key Lime Pie Parfaits

Protein-Packed Key Lime Pie Parfaits

Although a simple breakfast with vanilla or strawberry yogurt, fruit and maybe some toast is a great go-to meal that you can put together quickly, it can be fun to think outside of the box and try a new yogurt cup in the morning. Our Protein-Packed Key Lime Pie Parfaits are made with key lime Greek yogurt, graham crackers, toasted coconut and a little whipped topping. 

These parfaits are definitely a nod to the classic pie dessert, but perfect for a quick & easy breakfast option. However, with the graham cracker layers, this recipe doesn’t hold up for too long, so making them the night before may not be ideal. But, don’t worry! You can save time in the morning by crushing up the graham crackers and toasting the coconut ahead of time. Then, all you have to do at breakfast time is layer your parfaits. 

3-Ingredient Ham and Egg Cups

3-Ingredient Ham & Egg Cups

Want to serve your kids something a little heartier than yogurt? These 3-Ingredient Ham & Egg Cups only take 5 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to cook. So, that’s 20 minutes total before you can have them on the table. Plus, these savory breakfast bites can be reheated throughout the week to save time during the morning rush, whether you’re getting ready for virtual learning or the school bus/carpool line. 

You can even sprinkle some shredded cheddar cheese on them for some added flavor. And for the adults, a little salsa or hot sauce tastes great! Serve with some fresh fruit for a balanced meal. 

School Lunch Recipe Ideas

Everything Bagel Hot Dogs

Everything Bagel Hot Dogs

Sandwiches are a lunch box classic, but let’s mix things up a bit with our Everything Bagel Hot Dogs. And just like the Ham & Egg Cups, these can be made ahead of time and eaten throughout the week. Made with hot dogs, crescent rolls, cream cheese, egg and seasonings, they can be enjoyed warm, especially if your kids are learning from home, or chilled in a lunch box. 

Serve this school lunch recipe with ketchup, mustard or honey mustard, or they can be eaten as is. Trust us; they have plenty of flavor and are oh-so-delicious! 

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Ham & Cheese Sliders

Our last quick & easy recipe for back-to-school can also be made ahead of time and packed in multiple lunches during the week. You’ll only need eight ingredients for these Ham & Cheese Sliders, including Hawaiian bread rolls, sliced deli ham, Swiss cheese, chive and onion cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce, grated Parmesan and onion powder. That’s it! 

Sound like something your little ones would love to have for lunch? Snag the full recipe here

As you prepare for another school year, we hope these four quick & easy recipe ideas help you save time and give you plenty of inspiration for new breakfast and lunch dishes to make for your family. Want some additional meal ideas for back-to-school? Check out our recipe portal! And keep in mind that your neighborhood Food Lion is your destination for breakfast and lunch essentials at low prices, especially when you shop our private brands like Taste of Inspirations, Nature’s Promise and so on.

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