Sharing easy back to school meal ideas for packing lunches and creating delicious family dinners. Find everything you need for these recipes and more at your local Whole Foods.
Back to school is in full swing and while we are all busy shopping for school supplies and cute outfits it's also important to plan for making sure kids get nutritious, healthy meals. Planning ahead and doing a little prep work will make starting the new school year off easier on you and set-up a successful routine for your family. And while giving them the treat of a meal out to somewhere like one of the best restaurant downtown mall Charlottesville is good once in a while, I'm going to share with you a few simple secrets that will save you time and money!
So you could spend a ton of time searching for organic options and try to find stores that carry the best selection, but who has time for that? The Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Organic brand takes the hassle and headache out of grocery shopping and meal planning. They've got an amazing variety of products that have no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or sweeteners, along with no hydrogenated fats or high-fructose corn syrup.
Here's a peek at what my Whole Foods grocery shopping delivery looks like. I can pull together a week of lunches and snacks with these items and whip up a few fabulous dinners. And yes, you can order everything online for quick pickup at your local store or have your groceries delivered (in select US cities.)
Whole Foods 365 has all of our pantry basics covered, foods to fill the fridge and all our favorite snacks. My son is obsessed with the Quack'n Bites and the granola bars. I keep the popcorn snack bags in the car for when I need something to munch on in between meals. We set up a snack station filled with favorites to make grab and go lunches fast and easy.
Checkout a few of our lunch box combos:
What's for Dinner?
Want a delicious dinner idea that works for feeding your family or impressing a dinner party? Try this Chicken Tetrazzini recipe, it's amazing! I promise you'll be serving up seconds and sharing the recipe with your guests.
Whole Foods Market has several locations in Northern Virginia including Fair Lakes, Vienna, Ashburn, Springfield, Arlington, Old Town Alexandria and Pentagon City. To find the location closest to you, please visit http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list.
Whole Foods Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe
- Cooking oil spray
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 pound whole wheat or spelt angel hair pasta
- 1/2 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 (8-ounce) package sliced mushrooms
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 1/2 tablespoon flour
- 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/4 cup low-fat milk
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 cups chopped cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
- 4 tablespoons finely chopped chives, divided
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray; set aside.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 5 minutes; drain well and transfer to a large bowl.
- Meanwhile, heat butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onions, mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in peas and cook 2 minutes more. Transfer to bowl with pasta and set aside.
- Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth then slowly whisk in broth and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.
- Stir in milk, nutmeg, salt and pepper and cook 1 minute more.
- Add milk mixture to bowl with pasta and mushroom mixture along with chicken, 4 tablespoons of the cheese and 2 tablespoons of the chives and toss gently to combine.
- Transfer to prepared dish, sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons cheese and 2 tablespoons chives
- Bake until hot throughout and golden brown on top, about 30 minutes.
Thank you Whole Foods for making this post possible. I received complimentary products from Whole Foods to sample. All thoughts and opinions are my own.