10 School Lunches in 15 minutes *Repost*

Two of my kids take their lunch to school every day and EVERY morning I make them.  Well now that does not make much sense does it?  I make all our dinners at once, why am I making 2 lunches every morning???

I spent 15 minutes and here is what I have ready for the rest of the week.

6 ham & cheese sandwiches
4 PB & J sandwiches
9 baggies of sliced oranges
10 baggies of grapes
10 cheese sticks
10 prepackaged bags of pretzels

Here is how I did it in 15 minutes-

I got out 10 baggies and 10 pieces of bread
 
then layered with sliced ham & cheese.  Spread PB on 4 slices.
 
I put jelly on the second slice for the PB & J.  Topped the ham & cheese with bread. Zipped up the bags.
 
Line them up in a plastic container.  (This is a clear shoe box)
 
Sliced oranges into half moons.  Plucked grapes off stems and bagged both in zipper bags.
The cheese comes individually wrapped so no prep there.
I am keeping everything in the refrigerator but the sandwiches can be frozen.
We have extra mustard and mayo packets from fast food places that I toss in if they want it.
Pretzels came individually packaged.
My kids like water in their lunches so I keep small water bottles on hand.
 
Ahhhh.  Isn’t she beautiful?  I am so excited, I may get to sleep an extra 5 minutes or maybe I will put on real clothes to take the kids to school instead of my pajamas! LOL!
 
This could all be tossed in a crisper drawer for easy reach for little ones.
 

Slow Cooker Beef Tacos

WE LOVE TACOS!!  Really I mean, I could eat them every day.  My kids love them and they are so easy to make.  This recipe is one of our favorites using a beef roast and your slow cooker.  Dump all ingredients in the slow cooker and walk away.  After work you will have about 5 minutes of dinner prep time.  That’s it!  Easy!  Faster than the drive thru!

slow cooked shredded beef tacos

Ingredients:

2 lb beef roast (any cut you like)

1 C. frozen chopped onion

1 T chili powder

1 T dried oregano

1 t minced garlic

4 oz can diced green chilies

14 oz can diced tomatoes

 

To Cook:

Place first 7 ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours.  Shred meat with 2 forks and serve on flour tortillas with shredded cheese, salsa, avocado and sour cream if desired. 

Jalepeno Steak

Steak + Jalepenos = YUM!!

I think this is a marriage made for even a concrete cowboy.   Good ole steak with a  spicy twist.    We LOVE this recipe!  Double, triple or quadruple it and freeze for easy steak dinners in the weeks ahead.  OH my yes!  I think we will be adding this to our Memorial Day recipes. 

grilled jalepeno steak

Jalapeno Steak
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 lbs top sirloin
  2. 4 jalapenos
  3. 1 tsp minced garlic
  4. salt and pepper to taste
  5. 1/4 cup lime juice
  6. 1 tbsp dried oregano
To Assemble
  1. Chop jalapenos (omit seeds for less spice) and garlic.
  2. Mix all ingredients in large zipper bag.
  3. Zip and mix around.
  4. Let steak marinate. 2-24 hours.
To Cook
  1. Grill steak on indoor grill 5 minutes per side or until desired doneness.
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Slow Cooked Tuscan Bean Soup

I really love this soup.  It has great flavor and there is nothing better than hot soup waiting for you after work on a cold day.

 

Ingredients-

2 C. dry cannellini beans

1 C. frozen chopped onion

4 t minced garlic

2 bay leaves

1 t dried rosemary

1 t dried thyme

1 parmesan cheese rind (opt)

 

Assembly Directions-

Rinse beans in colander and add to large zipper bag.

Add next 6 ingredients to beans.  Zip to seal.

 

Cooking Instructions-

Add bean mixture to slow cooker along with

64 oz low sodium chicken broth.

Cook on low for 10 hours, remove cheese rind then add ¼ C. heavy cream & ¼ C. grated parmesan cheese about 15 minutes before serving.

Sprinkle with real bacon bits if desired.

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YUM YUM!

Asian Spiced Tilapia

We love tilapia!  It is inexpensive and easy to make.  Here is one of our favorite recipes.

Ingredients-

4-6 tilapia filets

1 ½ t Chinese 5 spice powder

3 T tamari

3 T honey

 

Assembly Directions-

Add tilapia filets to 9×13 baking dish.

Mix next 3 ingredients in a small bowl and pour over tilapia.

Cover with plastic wrap.

 

Cooking Instructions-

Bake uncovered in a 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Asian Spiced Tilapia

Fancy Pesto Baked Chicken Tenders

Pesto!  It’s not just for pasta!

Pesto has great flavor and when you buy the store bought, all the hard work has been done for you.  It makes a great marinade.   I used chicken tenders but you could also use chicken breasts or steak.  ohhh steak!  I am making that next.  It sounds wonderful.

pesto chicken

Ingredients-

12-15 chicken tenders

½ C. jarred basil pesto sauce

1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

3 large or pint of cherry tomatoes

 

Assembly Directions-

Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non stick spray.

Slice tomatoes.

Pour half of pesto sauce in bottom of pan and spread thin.

Add chicken tenders.  Top with tomato slices.

Brush tomatoes with remaining pesto sauce.

Sprinkle with cheese.  Cover with foil.

 

Cooking Instructions-

Bake covered in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Serve with a crusty bread and use sauce from pan for a bread dip.

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Roasted Pork Tenderloin- Comfort Food

Now this is comfort food!  Perfect meal for a cool crisp night.  Best of all, you can easily pop this in the oven after work.  No slaving over a hot stove or messing up the kitchen on a busy weeknight.  Just bake and serve!

 

Ingredients-

1 ½ lb pork tenderloin

6 baby new potatoes

Small bag baby carrots

 

1 ½ C. frozen chopped onion

2 T olive oil

2 t dried rosemary

1 t dried sage

¼ t pepper

 

Assembly Directions-

Place tenderloin in 9×13 baking dish sprayed with non stick spray.

Add potatoes, carrots and chopped onion around pork.

Drizzle with olive oil.

Sprinkle with herbs and toss gently go coat.

Cover with foil.

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Cooking Instructions-

Bake covered in 450 degree oven for 40-45 minutes or until vegetables are tender and meat is 165 degrees.

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