Back to School Recipes

August 23, 2016 7:51 am

Photo courtesy of Laura Fuentes.

Before we know it, it will be all permission slips, homework, and chasing down the bus in the morning. The school year is almost upon us. As the days get shorter with the fall season, it always seems like it takes an extra hour along with it. Lunches are packed in a rush, those leisurely summer suppers turn into a rush to get dinner on the table, and shared family breakfasts are a thing of the past. Here are 12 time saving recipes to ease you back into the school schedule. From breakfast to dinner, you will be armed with swift and tasty recipes.


When struggling to herd the kiddos out the door on time, having a quick breakfast can be a lifesaver! These Perfect Breakfast Burritos which are made once and then stored in the freezer, come in clutch. Just a quick minute in the microwave stands between you and a nourishing breakfast.

Skip the tardy slip with these Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Bars. These grab and go bars are filled with antioxidant rich blueberries, protein packed quinoa, and contain no refined sugar. Their portable bar shape makes it easy for kids to munch on while in the car on the way to school.

For an impressive, but easy breakfast, break out these Granola Cups for Hectic Mornings. Whip up these cute cups over the weekend and then just fill with yogurt and top with fruit. Voila, an instant breakfast that is sure to be a big hit.


Keep the kids interested at lunchtime with these easy peasy Baked Ravioli. Not only are these bites a welcome change from the traditional sandwich, they are easy to boot. With just 30 minutes, you can have a batch cooked that will last all week.

Sandwiches are a lunchbox staple for a reason, but when the kids get tired of the same old, switch it up for Sandwich Sushi. Though this recipe uses the same basic ingredients as a regular sandwich, the new presentation is enough to fake out the kids and make them think it is a whole new meal.

If you have time on the weekends and love to cook, consider making these Healthy Homemade Hot Pockets. This recipe uses store bought pizza dough to save time, and the kids can customize the pockets with their favorite flavors. Store them in the freezer, and reheat as you would store bought Hot Pockets.


These Nut-Free Snack Balls are the solution to the afternoon snack dilemma. They are a great snack for nut-free schools. Plus, they are no-cook, no-bake, and can be whipped up in 10 minutes flat with only 6 ingredients, many of which are probably sitting in your pantry right now.

Now, these Whole Wheat Pretzel Bites do take more time and aren’t for the faint of heart, but can you just imagine your kids’ faces as they get to munch on soft pretzel bites for their afternoon snack? You get the satisfaction of knowing that these crowd pleasing bites are a nutritious option that will keep them satisfied until dinner.

If you ever have a surplus of bagels, not a lot of time, and the need for a homemade lunchbox snack, try making these Garlic Bagel Chips. They can be made ahead of time, ready and waiting, for when a snack attack hits.


After the end of a long day, nothing tastes better than dinner. Correction: Nothing tastes better than a quick dinner. It is almost too hard to believe that these gourmet Loaded Greek Goodness Pita Chip Nachos are a quick and easy dinner, but they are warm and ready in just 30 minutes.

If I was challenged to make a from-scratch weeknight lasagna in 45 minutes, I would tell you it was impossible. Then I met this Easy Skillet Lasagna recipe. The whole thing gets cooked in one pan right on the stovetop. This recipe isn’t only fast, but having only one pan to clean after dinner, priceless.

These Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps prove that a small amount of time (25 minutes!) doesn’t have to equal a small amount of flavor. Store bought rotisserie chicken gets tossed with veggies and herbs for flavor and crunch and then slathered in a smooth and creamy peanut butter sauce. It is like bringing a restaurant meal right to your dinner table.

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Back to School Shopping

August 16, 2016 10:51 am

In just a few short weeks, the kids will be back in the classroom. Which means one thing… back to school shopping. There will be hunts to find the cutest notebook, quests for the perfect pencils, and searches for a superb lunch box. As the cart piles high with supplies, so can the dollar signs. Here are some deals and discount resources to stay on budget this back to school season. is a great resource for snagging supplies at the best possible price. On their website, you can search for items and the site will let you know which store has the best deal. They also have a mobile app to make on-the-go deal hunting a breeze.

The popular budgeting blog, Pocket Your Dollars, publishes a weekly article titled Back to School Supply Deals. It includes an up to date price comparison chart so that you can scope out the best deals on individual items. This list is updated weekly, so check back often for new deals.

There are also a number of military discounts that will come in clutch this season. Cross off items on your shopping list at Michael’s or CVS. Michael’s offers a 15% discount, and CVS, 20%. Both retailers offer this discount to active duty service members, dependents, retirees, veterans, and reservists.

If you need to purchase some electronics, Dell and Radio Shack offer 10% off to active duty service members.

Lastly, don’t forget about the Exchange price match policy. Both the Navy Exchange and the Marine Corps Exchange will match the regular shelf price or advertised price of a local competitor. So if you see something on sale, but would rather pick it up at the exchange, bring in the ad and cash in on that deal.

Know of any other discounts? Leave a comment to let us know!

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Bayshore Bikeway

August 9, 2016 11:00 am

As summer is dwindling, and school will soon be back in session, now is the time to set out on the last few summer adventures. The Bayshore Bikeway could be just the ticket for a day filled with family fun.

This bike path, which starts in Coronado and ends in downtown San Diego offers miles of pedaling enjoyment. Whether you decide to tackle the whole 24-mile loop, or bike a shorter section, this trail boasts some killer views.

First, you will travel through scenic Coronado. Make a pit stop and check out some of the shops on your way. Enjoy viewing the historic homes and Hotel Del as you travel along the path.

Next up is the Strand. You will have scenic ocean views on your right and bay views on your left. If you’re not in a hurry, take a pit stop on Silver Strand State Beach. It is the best beach to find sand dollars in the county.

After the Strand, it’s a short jaunt through Imperial Beach as you loop around the bay to head north towards downtown. As you pass Chula Vista, the city skyline should be visible. You’re almost there! Time it right and the sun will be setting over the buildings as you finish your ride. Stop downtown for a well-deserved bite to eat as the sun slips down over the horizon ending; a close to a memorable day.

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