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Summer is quickly coming to an end and back to school time is upon us. If you’re like me, you don’t want to think about it, but now is the time to prepare for those busy week nights ahead! Start planning ahead with Pick ‘n Save, a Wisconsin Grocery store, to make those busy days a little easier.
Pick ‘n Save Week Night Recipes for Back to School #shop #MyPicknSave #cbias
I shopped #MyPicknSave with #CollectiveBias to share a few healthy and yummy ideas to feed your family on the go. Pick ‘n Save stores have all the fresh meat you need. Ahh, the soup aisle-I love how organized it is!
One of our favorite make ahead meals is Ham Balls. It’s perfect for fall! This recipe makes a large batch of meatballs so you can freeze half and use them later. Since there’s just three of us, we can easily split this into three meals and still have left overs for lunches. These meatballs are a little sweet and savory. It’s a bit of an unusual combination to add graham crackers to ham and beef, but believe me, they’re great! We love them with cheesy hash brown casserole or cheesy potatoes (diced, boiled and then pour over a homemade cheese sauce).
This recipe uses ground ham. I’ve used all different pieces, but I find this type of ham is cost effective and has good flavor. I have a meat grinder so I grind my own (it takes just minutes) but if you don’t have one, just ask at the Pick ‘n Save meat counter to have it ground while you shop.
Mix ground meat together with crushed graham crackers, eggs and milk to make meat balls.
The sauce is a mixture of tomato soup, brown sugar, vinegar and dry mustard. Sooo good!
Serve with potatoes or rice. Add a salad or steam some vegetables as a side. Excellent for a fall family dinner! So much better than going out or grabbing a pizza.
Tips for Prepping Food For Back to School
- Hard boil eggs: They can be kept in the refrigerator all week for a quick breakfast, snack or a protein for lunch. Add to a salad or make an egg salad sandwich.
- Brown your hamburger when you return from the grocery store. It’s easier to brown when it’s fresh. Divide into freezer bags and it’s ready to add to a casserole, a spaghetti sauce or add seasoning for tacos.
- Make hamburger patties or turkey patties and freeze.
- When you make pancakes, waffles or french toast make a double batch and freeze half for quick breakfasts. Even kids can pop them into the toaster or microwave.
- Make oatmeal ahead of time. Split into single servings and refrigerate. A dish will warm up quickly in the morning in the microwave and it tastes so much better than instant (healthier too).
- Egg muffins make a healthy breakfast.
- Cook extra rice and freeze it.
- Whatever dish you’re making, make double and freeze half.
- Each time you grocery shop, get extra ingredients for one dish you can make ahead and freeze.
- What freezes well? Soup, meatballs, casseroles, slow cooker meals, chili.
- Keep a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables (or frozen) on hand to add to snacks or meals. Sides do not have to be fancy.
More Tried & True Freezer Recipes
- Cilantro Lime Chicken w/ Corn and Black Beans
- Applebee’s Quesadilla Burgers (Copycat)
- Stuffed French Bread
- Quinoa with Black Beans and Corn
Make your list and go to Pick ‘n Save for all your meal and snack prep for Back to School!
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Wednesday 20th of August 2014
OH my YUM! Those look positively divine. You're literally making my mouth water, would you stop that, please?! #client