Meal Ideas for Back to School Season

So…last night was Annalyn’s back-to-school night. It’s official and no-going-back real. She’s starting kindergarten tomorrow.

For the most part, we’re both super excited. She’s nervous, of course, and I’m a little how-did-she-grow-up-so-fast (of course). But my search for lunch ideas and crockpot meals, on top of my incessant list-making, has kept my mind off of all that.

[Actually, it’s kept me so distracted that, after bragging all over the internet about my Teacher Survival Kit, I totally forgot it at home last night. And I THOUGHT I forgot her updated shot record, so we went back home . . . where I remembered that it was still in my purse . . . and we still had to go back to the school.]

I really am excited for school to start, but it’s possible I’ll spend most of tomorrow creating menus and making grocery lists and schedules and updating chore lists and family calendars. Because it’s how I DEAL, okay?

Also? Though our summer has been hectic, to put it mildly, the school year brings a whole other kind of busy. And my post-house-repairs budget has very little wiggle room for “I don’t have a plan for dinner” or “Let’s just grab something on the way.”

Enter eMeals.

I subscribed to eMeals a few months ago, and I’ve been collecting new meal ideas, recipes and their corresponding grocery lists ever since. It’s really a great service that makes planning healthy meals a whole lot more simple.

But wait! There’s more!

You know I’ve been ranting lately about fancy-schmancy school lunches – and how ridiculous the whole thing is. Whether it’s sandwiches cut into the shape of dolphins or about a dozen different foods shoved into one perfectly partitioned box, these so-called helpful posts and articles are about to drive me crazy! I need simple, healthy, REALISTIC lunch ideas – not something else to make me feel inadequate.

Can I get an amen on that?

Enter eMeals.

No, really.

Look, I checked out the sample lunches – and they’re NORMAL. And HEALTHY. And kid-friendly and just plain doable. And they’re put into a menu FOR YOU (not to mention the grocery list that goes with it)!

No more stalking Pinterest and clicking through dozens of frustrating pictures and posts. My school lunch planning is DONE!

And eMeals has lots of great resources to go with your meal plans, too. When you sign up for eMeals this month, you’ll get a calendar of 31 healthy snack recipes for free. And everyone can take advantage of this Back to School Survival Kit that includes a back to school checklist, printable lunch notes and one week’s healthy lunch menu and grocery list.

Sweet, right?

And here’s the best part. No matter what eMeals plan you sign up for, you can get 15% off your order with the code School15.

What’s your plan for meal planning this fall?

Photo by jonathangarcia

2 Comments Meal Ideas for Back to School Season

  1. Andrea @the Distracted August 14, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Very cool!!! I will have to check into that. I used to love pinterest but for the past year I have gone away from it because I feel so inadequate when I spend too much time over there. I will be happy with my simplicity.

    1. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect August 15, 2013 at 11:59 am

      I think the only way to deal with Pinterest is to go in with eyes wide open to both your own abilities and preferences and the realism NOT reflected in 90% of the pins. Or, you know, just search for yummy desserts with less than a dozen ingredients and end up craving a chocolate layer cake right before bed. We all have our own strategies… ;)

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