Back to School Tips and Recipes

Cooking instructor Lori Fangio shares some lunch ideas that are perfect for the new school year.

Lunch Station

Ease the chaos and busy back-to-school mornings by creating a lunch station. Packing lunches is fun and easy!

Lunch Station Essentials: 
2 medium-large plastic bins
Plastic baggies
Waxed or parchment paper
Small containers for food
Lunch sacks

Grab and Go Veggie Omelet

4- 1 cup jars
Non-stick cooking spray
4 eggs
4 slices deli ham
1 cup assorted chopped vegetables
Salt and pepper

Spray in inside of the jars with non-stick cooking spray.  In each jar place 1 cracked egg, ¼ cup vegetables and one slice ham.  Add salt and pepper and tighten the lid on the jars.  Place the jars in the refrigerator.  When you are ready to cook, shake the jar well and remove the lid.  Place the jar in the microwave for 45 seconds checking it after 20 seconds.  Allow the jar to cool slightly before eating.

Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars

2 cups rolled oats
1 ¼ cup peanut butter
1 cup ground almonds
¾ cup honey
¾ cup dried cherries
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
¼ cup sliced almonds

Mix all ingredients in a bowl well.  Spread in a 9x13 baking dish and refrigerate for 1 hour before cutting bars into squares.