If you need to make healthy school lunches for teenage athletes or active kids, you’ve come to the right place; because as a mom to 3 kids, I know what it’s like when an active kid can eat you out of the house.
While school sports are a great way for kids to get involved, socialize, and learn new skills, they also work up an appetite. And we all know that this means that the first words out of their mouth when they get home are… “I’m starving!” Right?
These easy school lunch ideas will keep them energized and ready to score the winning point every day since they have a good balance of protein, carbs, and healthy fats.
Chicken tenders are one of the most popular food items in America -and they are not just for kids, adults love them too! If you want to see how to make chicken tenders at home without frying, check out this video.
My tender-loving family loves this recipe because the crust is everything you’d want on a chicken tender without frying, which means that now you don’t have to go out to eat to enjoy these!
This homemade recipe for chicken tenders is the perfect alternative to the frozen, pre-packaged tenders. They are made with real, unprocessed chicken, and you’ll have minimal cleanup because they are baked, not fried.
And thanks to the use of Panko breadcrumbs they are perfectly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. What’s not to love?
But it gets better; these homemade chicken tenders can be frozen before cooking by placing them on a parchment-lined tray, feezing them, and then transferring them to a freezer-safe bag. Make sure to label the zip bag with the oven temperature and time (add about 2-3 minutes to cooking time if cooking them frozen) and you now have a recipe that yields leftovers for another meal.
It’s convenient, family-favorite recipes like this one that our Classic Meal Plan Members love. We make sure to include kid-friendly favorites like this recipe in the plans, plus prep-ahead directions, and storage notes.
Warm up with this classic Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup! Let the Crockpot do the work and come home to dinner that’s already done. Easy and delicious!
Soup is one of our favorite dinners to enjoy as a family. There’s just something about a big bowl of soup that’s so comforting and calming after a long day. I love making this Enchilada Soup or a big pot of Paleo Chili, but sometimes I like going back to a classic – chicken noodle soup!
What’s more classic than chicken noodle soup? I swear it cures a cold as soon as it hits! The best thing about this version is that it’s completely made in the Crockpot, which means it cooks while you’re at work or running errands, and it’s done when you get home. A dinner that takes almost zero effort? Win!
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The leftover soup makes for a great thermos lunch. That is, if you have any leftovers!
This Skillet Chicken and Potatoes Meal will be your new go-to dinner! All you have to do is roast everything together, then dinner is ready. It doesn’t get easier than that!
Every family needs a handful of recipes that are always in their meal rotation, the dinners that are easy to make, nutritious, and sure to please everyone! This easy Baked Chicken and Potatoes Skillet Meal is one of those dinners for my family. I can prep it in just a few minutes, and I usually have everything to make it on hand. Set the timer and let the skillet do the work!
Easy skillet meals are my favorite dinners to make because you just add everything to a pan and cook. Less dishes to clean up and a fast dinner? Yes, please!
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My family loves chicken and potatoes together, and I love feeding them this dinner because I know it’s real, nutritious food. It’s great paired with a vegetable on the side, like sautéed broccoli or carrots. No matter what, you’ll definitely want to add this Baked Chicken and Potatoes Skillet Meal to your dinner rotation. Your whole family will thank you!
1 pound red-skinned potatoes, about 2 inches in diameter, quartered
8 carrots, halved lengthwise and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon tapioca or corn starch
1 2/3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh thyme, minced
Season the chicken lightly with salt and pepper and generously with paprika. In a heavy large frying pan over medium-high heat, warm butter. Add the chicken and cook until brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
Add onion to the frying pan and stir. Add potato quarters and carrots. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and sauté until vegetables are beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.
Add starch and stir to coat. Gradually mix in the broth. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Return the chicken to the pan and bring to a boil.
Cover the pan, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer until the chicken and vegetables are cooked through, stirring and turning the chicken over occasionally, about 25 minutes.
Mix in the thyme. Adjust seasonings to taste. Divide the chicken and vegetables among 4 warmed plates and serve right away.
If you like the convenience and flavors of take-out, you are going to love this quick teriyaki chicken recipe.
Quick and easy skillet recipes are my kind of meals and this teriyaki chicken is no different. A 30 minute marinade for the chicken is the key to bringing together the flavors of this favorite take out meal. In a large skillet you’ll cook the chicken for about three minutes on each side.
The flavorful marinade, then becomes the sauce after reducing for a few minutes, after the chicken has finished. Serve on top of cauliflower rice, or steamed rice and garnish with green onions. There you have it! A quick dinner, that’s even better than take out!
The recipe is family sized so it’s perfect for dinner or as a thermos lunch. Check out how easy this recipe is to make!
Of course we all know how much better Teriyaki Chicken is the next day, making leftovers the perfect thermos lunch.
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