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Tips and Easy Recipes for Back to School

Back to school time is here which means parents and students everywhere are filling up their schedules and rushing around to prepare for the new school year. With less free time, cooking nutritious meals for yourself and your family can be much harder to do. Thankfully, this article will provide you with some quick and easy recipes you can make with healthy pre-chopped and minced products. With these simple recipes, you can have back-to-school meals that are quick and delicious. Read on to learn more!

Chopped Salad with Homemade Garlic Vinaigrette

Not only are salads quick to make, but they can be very nutritious as well. When you are in a hurry, try making this chopped salad with homemade garlic vinaigrette for lunch or dinner. It is packed with vitamins and minerals your body will love and you will love the taste!

To make this salad, you will need: 

  • 2 heads of romaine lettuce, chopped 
  • Squeezable minced onion
  • Two large carrots, sliced 
  • 1 pack of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 handful of sunflower seeds 
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped

To add in your minced onions, it is recommended to use Easy Onion! Easy Onion is minced onion in a squeezable bottle. That way, you don’t have to waste time peeling, chopping, and crying over onions! Not only does using a ready-to-use minced onion save time, but incorporating onion into your diet has many health benefits.

Once you have the ingredients prepped, it is time to combine them all. Toss the chopped lettuce in a bowl and throw in your carrots, cherry tomatoes, sunflower seeds, and bell pepper. Lastly, to top off the salad, squeeze in your desired amount of minced onion. 

The great thing about salads is that you can always customize them to your individual preferences. That means that if you don’t like one of the vegetables in this recipe, you can always leave it out or replace it with another vegetable you enjoy. 

After the salad has been prepared, it is time to create your homemade garlic vinegar.

To make the garlic vinaigrette you will need: 

  • ¼ cup of white wine vinegar 
  • ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 teaspoon ready-to-use minced garlic 
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • Salt & black pepper to taste

Stir together your white wine vinegar and olive oil. Once combined, add in minced garlic, oregano, mustard, salt and pepper. Once all ingredients are combined well, your dressing is ready to be drizzled on your salad. 

By using ready-to-use minced garlic, not only will this vinaigrette only take a few seconds to make, but it will also add valuable nutrients to your salad. Garlic has been shown to have many health benefits including improving your body’s immune system and reducing high blood pressure. The best part is that garlic is incredibly delicious!  

Now that your salad and dressing have been made, it is time to enjoy this quick and nourishing meal.

Hearty Slow Cooker Chili

After a long day of work or school, cooking in the kitchen may not sound ideal. Fortunately, with this hearty slow cooker chili recipe, you won’t have to spend much time in the kitchen when you get home! By using a slow cooker, this recipe can be pre-made so you can come home to the aroma of delicious chili in the air.

To make hearty chili, you will need: 

  • 3 tablespoons of minced onion 
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes 
  • 2 cans of kidney beans
  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder 
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1.5 pounds Ground meat of your choice (we suggest beef or pork)
  • Optional: Spoon in Kickin’ Chili Onion Crunch seasoning for an additional burst of flavor 
  • Suggested toppings: sour cream, cheese, green onions, cilantro

Once you have gathered all your ingredients, it is time to prepare your chili before you leave for the day. 

The first thing you should do is cook your preferred meat in a skillet until it is cooked through. Once the meat is cooked, add it to your slow cooker along with your canned ingredients and chili powder. 

Next, it is time to add your minced onion. Instead of slicing your onion into small pieces, use Easy Onion. All you have to do is squeeze 3 tablespoons of minced onion in your chili – it is much more time efficient! 

Once all ingredients are in the slow cooker, turn it on low and go about your day. After 6-8 hours of cooking, you have a delicious hearty chili ready to enjoy!

Homemade Hummus without Tahini

If you are looking for a meal that you can take to school or work, try homemade hummus served with chips or veggies. Hummus is a creamy dip that is made with chickpeas and spices. It is delicious and is a great healthy snack option on the go. Hummus is also a good source of protein for those who are vegetarian or vegan.

To make hummus, you will need: 

  • 1 can of chickpeas 
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic (squeezable is recommended)  
  • Optional: spoon Slammin’ Moroccan Spice seasoning on top of your hummus for a more powerful flavor 
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil 
  • ½ cup of water 
  • Juice of 1 lemon 
  • Sprinkle of salt

When deciding what garlic to use, consider trying organic minced garlic for additional health benefits. 

Once you have gathered all your ingredients, it is time to start cooking. 

In a food processor, blend your chickpeas and olive oil until a smooth consistency is reached. Add in the lemon juice, water, minced garlic, and a dash of salt. Blend just enough to mix the ingredients thoroughly throughout the paste. 

Pour the mixture into a bowl or container and spoon Slammin’ Moroccan Spice seasoning on top if. It’s a great way to add flavor if you’re skipping tahini. 

To eat the dip, you can either use store-bought tortilla chips or you can make your own chips by cutting up flour tortillas and baking them in the oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Making the chips homemade is a good way to reduce your amount of sodium intake. 

With proper refrigeration, the hummus should be good for around 3 days. You can put it in to-go containers and take it anywhere with you for a delicious snack!

With these three back-to-school recipes, you will be able to enjoy a great meal without spending hours in the kitchen. Try one of them and let us know what you think! Be sure to visit our site for more recipes. 

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8101 Presidents Dr
Orlando, FL 32809
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