Make-Ahead Lunchbox Snack Bags (10¢ per Baggie!)

Make-Ahead Lunchbox Snack Bags

Jamie here!   Over the summer my kids got in the habit of eating whatever, whenever.  But now that they’re back to a school schedule (and after-school snack schedule) I remember just how much I save when I use this simple trick and I am determined to pinch my pennies.

I get 4 kids off to school each morning, and that can be a crazy task when I’m  also helping people find their “favorite socks” and last night’s homework – or being called-in to solve a cow-lick crisis in the upstairs bathroom.  Not to mention – this girl is not a morning person AT ALL.  My mom always tells me that if I’ll just stop staying up late I’ll become a morning person, no problem!  Well I’ll tell you something – that dog don’t hunt.

 

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Anyway – I try to make things ahead to help myself out in the mornings – like making sandwiches in advance and freezing them (Just like lunchables!  They thaw to the perfect softness by noon) and I also make the entire week’s snack bags in advance.

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Grilled Chicken Wraps with Tyson® Grilled and Ready® Chicken Breast Strips #WMTProjectAPlus

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Since it’s that time of year again for back to school, it’s also time to start thinking about lunches. Although I homeschool my kids, during the school year I need fast healthy lunch ideas for when we are at home and on our community days with our homeschool group. My kids really like to have a variety of lunch options each week besides sandwiches, so this week we are going to make grilled chicken wraps. Oh my goodness, these grilled chicken wraps are so delicious and easy to make!

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First, I loaded up my little and big munchkins and headed to Walmart to pick up a few groceries. When did they get so big? It seems like just yesterday, I was pushing my two big kids in a double stroller. Now, they are pushing their baby sister.

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My shopping helpers for today.

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First, I let them pick out the main ingredient for our wraps. My kids absolutely love grilled chicken. These Tyson® Grilled and Ready® Chicken Breast Strips are the perfect choice. Not only is it an effortless way to make healthy home cooked meals with 100% all-natural and made with all-white meat, but it’s also 97% fat free, and fully cooked.

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As an added bonus, we can help our homeschool group (you can help your school too) by purchasing products that are part of the TysonProjectA+™. There are other Tyson® products affiliated with Tyson Project A+™ if grilled chicken isn’t your thing.

The Tyson Project A+™ program is one of the simplest ways to support your school. Just clip and collect Tyson Project A+™ labels from Tyson® participating packages. For every label submitted, Tyson will give the school cash and the school can use the money for whatever it needs. See an example of where to find the label below.

 

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Baby girl was super excited to help with the other ingredients that we needed: multi-grain tortillas, lettuce, and Italian dressing.

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On our way to check out, they insisted that we grab some Edamame for a snack. Who are these kids? It makes me happy to see my kids making healthy choices all on their own.

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As hard as it is to see how fast my big kids are growing up, there are advantages. For example, they can clean their own bathroom and use the self check out at Walmart without my help

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about sharing my recipe. You aren’t going to believe how simple it is!

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Ingredients:

  • Tyson® Grilled and Ready® Chicken Breast Strips
  • Multi-Grain Tortillas
  • Lettuce
  • Dressing of your choice.

1. Thaw chicken in microwave following directions on package.

2. Add chicken and lettuce to tortilla and wrap.

3. Serve with dressing of your choice and fresh veggies.

Tip: We are going to make these for lunch for our community homeschool days. On those days, I’ll add the chicken frozen, then wrap tortilla wrap in aluminum foil. The chicken should thaw out by lunch and stay fresh without an added ice pack to our lunch box.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson. The opinions and text are all mine.

Sausage Ball Muffins Recipe #SaveaLotInsiders

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Sausage Ball Muffins Recipe

Jamie here! It’s back to school time around here  - but just because our mornings are a mad rush, doesn’t mean we can’t get a hot breakfast on the way out the door.  These sausage ball muffins are so dang good, filling, and packed with protein.

I love-love-love sausage balls.  Christmas, New Years Eve, Thanksgiving – show me a holiday and I’ll show you myself eating sausage balls.  I make the kind that are more biscuity-like and less meatbally  - so the leftovers lend themselves just perfectly to a breakfast food.  With that in mind, I decided to whip up a batch of sausage ball muffins – these are like having a breakfast of sausage, cheesy eggs and biscuits all in one handy package!  Add a fruit cup and it’s a great little breakfast on-the-go.

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Cornflake Ranch Chicken Tenders

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Cornflake Ranch Chicken Tenders Recipe

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If you’re looking for a healthier and delicious way to make tasty tenders – you’re going to LOVE this cornflake ranch chicken tenders recipe!
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First of all – these are baked, not fried.  (I know – they really LOOK fried!)   Secondly, they’re moist and flavorful and you don’t have to drag them through melted butter.  Yes I have done this – and yes, that was delicious too ;)
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All you need for this recipe is chicken breast, milk, ranch dressing, cornflakes, and whatever seasonings float your boat.  If you have that, you’re ready to roll!
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First, cut your chicken breasts into strips.  A nice sized breast should yield about 3 strips.  Set all of these aside and go ahead and preheat the oven to 425.
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Pour about a cup of cornflakes (Yes cornflakes – NOT corn chips!) into a Ziploc bag and have one of the munchkins roll a can of green beans back and forth on it until they’re crushed into tiny teeny pieces.  Meanwhile, you can get the ranch dip ready!
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Fill a cereal bowl about 1/3 of the way with milk and add three or four tablespoons worth of Ranch dressing.  The ratio is really an eyeball kind of thing – no need to be exact about it.  You just want to end up with ranchy milk.
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Dump the cornflake crumbs from the bag into a separate bowl and stir in the seasonings you like.  I added a little parmesan cheese, garlic powder, Save-a-Lot’s chicken seasoning, and some salt and pepper.  Italian seasoning,  would be great too.  Or maybe a Southwest tender.  It would be really hard to mess up the flavor of these, just go with your gut on this ;)
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Using a fork (or your fingers) dip each tender in the milk bath and then press it into the cornflake coating.  Make sure it’s covered well so the chicken won’t dry out in the oven.
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Place tenders on a cookie sheet that you’ve liberally sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.  Spray the tops of the tenders as well – to help the them get a nice golden color as they bake.
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*If you have a lot of chicken, say more than a couple breasts, you’ll probably need to refill your cornflake coating and ranch-milk about halfway through.  I like to do a TON of chicken at a time so we can use it for lunches during the week – so I refilled my bowls a few times.
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Baking time will depend on how big your tenders are, but mine always take about 20 minutes.  If you feel unsure, just cut into the thickest one to do a spot check.
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With my hubby trying to lower his cholesterol, and my kids wanting nothing but chicken nuggets and cheeseburgers – this was a yummy compromise that everyone in our house loved!  Let me know if you shake it up any – or go Southwest – I’ll have to try that version next!
Cornflake Ranch Chicken Tenders

Cornflake Ranch Chicken Tenders

Ingredients

  • Chicken Breast or Tenderloins (NOT frozen)
  • 1 Cup Cornflakes
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 4 Tbsp Ranch Dressing
  • Parmesan Cheese *optional
  • Chicken Seasoning *optional
  • Garlic Powder *optional
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. First, cut your chicken breasts into strips. A nice sized breast should yield about 3 strips. Set all of these aside and go ahead and preheat the oven to 425.
  2. Pour 1 cup of cornflakes into a Ziploc bag and crush into fine crumbs
  3. Fill a cereal bowl about 1/2 of the way with milk and add dressing.
  4. Dump the cornflake crumbs from the bag into a separate bowl and stir in the seasonings you like.
  5. Using a fork (or your fingers) dip each tender in the milk bath and then press it into the cornflake coating. Make sure it's covered well so the chicken won't dry out in the oven.
  6. Place tenders on a cookie sheet that you've liberally sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Spray the tops of the tenders as well - to help the them get a nice golden color as they bake.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes.
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Cake Mix Cookie Bars Recipe

 

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Here’s a super-handy recipe for Cake Mix Cookie Bars!

Having kids in school means lots of parties, banquets and the giving of teacher appreciation gifts.  If you need a quick easy idea for a treat to bring, you may want to try out these Cake Mix Cookie Bars!  This recipe is so easy and quick – it’s my go-to recipe when it come to last-minute classroom treats.

Plus – you can customize it with any flavor cake mix (Chocolate for brownie-like bars, orange or lemon for summery bars!)

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