School Lunches (snacks)

Now that school is back in session I am packing 10 lunches and snacks per week.  Here is how I pack 10 salty snacks (chips, pretzels, crackers) for the week.

I love the snack sized Ziploc bags that can be purchased at the Dollar Tree.  I was able to get these bags from Sam’s on sale for .74 and I purchased all of my bagged/boxed snacks from the Dollar Tree for $1.00 each.

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Sunday is my prep day.  I open the bags, separate a serving into each bag, zip them up and store them in the snack pail.

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Serving size varies per item, but I’m usually pretty generous with the amount.  I can usually get about 6 servings out of each box of crackers and 8 servings out of the pretzels.  When it’s time to pack a lunch I just grab each sons desired snack and toss it in the lunch box.

Each bag @ .01
Serving of crackers @ .16
Serving of pretzels @ .125
Total .13 or .17 each (less than a bag of chips)

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Quick Meal

Tonights dinner was quick and easy.  I sauteed sausages, onions and bell peppers in olive oil.

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I lightly coated the pan with olive oil then browned the sliced sausages and shook on some seasoning.  I added the red onions and bell peppers, stirred and covered, then left the pan on low until ready to serve with white rice.

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What’s For Dinner

This weeks dinner will feature quick warm and cozy meals because the weather is changing.

Quick Homemade Pot Pie

Sausage, Onion, Bell Peppers w/ Rice

Breakfast for Dinner

Crock Pot Chili

Pizza

One day I not long ago I was stumped trying to find something fast to cook before football practice.  I scanned the cupboards and frig and threw together a quick meal that surprisingly satisfied the boys.  I used:

1 can of cresent rolls

1/2 bag of frozen peas & carrots

2 cans of cream of chicken

2 large can of chicken breast

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To start, I placed the peas and carrots in a small pot of boiling water until tender. 

Next I took my glass 9×11 baking pan and emptied my 2 cans of cream of chicken, canned chicken breast and my now cooked peas & carrots then stirred until it was all mixed together.  I spread it evenly across the pan then laid my cresent rolls on top.

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Baked for 20 minutes and viola!  Easy peasy chicken pot pie.

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Snacks For the Trip

Tomorrow we will be setting out for our trip.  Today I prepared some snacks for the ride and for the park. 

I went to Aldi where the apples were on sale, cut them up, put them in a bag with a splash of orange juice and viola!  Seven individual apple packs for $2.38.

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Grapes were also on sale 2 pounds for $1.98.  I just separated them into serving size snack bags.

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For salty the boys requested pretzels $1 and I like the veggie straws $1.79.  Drinks Fruit Waters  and CapriSuns on sale for $1.50.

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Road snacks for the family for under $10.00

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day to all the wonderful mothers out there.  This is my second year celebrating without my mother, but I made it thru.  So far I have spent my day first with breakfast made by my boys and received gifts, second we went to church, then we came home and I prepped the dinner that I wanted them to fix for me ;), I took a nice nap and caught up on Scandal (it is so addictive).

I found a recipe that is literally easy as pie. It took 2 ingredients and a store bought pie crust and it is delicious! 

I used 1 can of sweetened condensed milk and 1/2 cup of lemon juice (you can use more or less depending on how tart you like it).  Combine the two and mix well.  Pour into pie crust and your done.  I added some homemade whipped cream and put it in the refrigerator. 

This easy pie cost me $1 for the crust (from the Dollar Tree) and I always have lemon juice in the frig ($1 from the Dollar Tree) and $1.19 for the sweetned condensed milk from Aldi = $2.19.  Talk about a budget dessert.

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Happy Mothers Day and ENJOY!

Banana Pudding

Back again with another easy recipe. Another dessert I learned from my mom as a little girl was super simple banana pudding.

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Instant vanilla pudding Bananas Vanilla wafers Milk to make the pudding A splash of vanilla to add to pudding mix Prepare the vanilla pudding according to package directions and add a splash of vanilla (set to the side). First put down a layer of wafers then bananas (alternate layers until you have filled your bowl) end with wafers on top.

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Pour the pudding on top of the banana wafer layers and TaDa! Dessert…

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Carrot Raisin Salad

One of my Easter side dishes will be the very first recipe I learned from my mom with a healthy twist. It’s so simple a 6 year old could do it (that’s how old I was when I learned)

3 simply  ingredients
Shredded  carrots
Raisins
Plain Greek yogurt

I didn’t measure, I just eyed how big of a salad I wanted and my love for raisins.
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Add carrots to bowl, add amount of raisins you like and stir in enough yogurt to wet your salad. Mom used to add a dash of sugar for sweetness.