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Quick Dinner Ideas?

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    Melinda
    Classroom Teacher
    Elementary School
    Teaching since: 2012
    New Mexico
  • July 8, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Last year was a disaster when it came to getting dinner on the table for my family after teaching all day. What are your favorite quick and healthy meal ideas for the school year?

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  • Classroom Teacher
    Preschool
    Teaching since: 2000
    Alabama
  • July 8, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    The crockpot is my best friend during the school year! If you google crockpot recipes you’ll find a ton of easy ones. I put everything in before I leave for work and by the time I get home it’s done cooking. Best investment ever!

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  • Classroom Teacher
    Kindergarten
    Teaching since: 2000
    Wyoming
  • July 14, 2016 at 9:37 am

    My goal is to do meal preparation on the weekends this year. I do color guard for the local HS and practice runs until 6:30-7:00 and I am prone to eat out more often than I should.

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  • Classroom Teacher
    1st Grade
    Teaching since: 2002
    Illinois
  • July 19, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    We grill on the weekends, usually chicken or pork, and chop everything up and freeze it in “meal sized” portions. Then we can put it in the fridge in the morning (ideally…or thaw in microwave when we get home because I have forgotten!) and make things like chicken caesar salad, quesadillas, or other recipes that call for chicken or pork. I’ve found that having the meat ready really cuts down on time.

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  • Teaching since: 1996
    Pennsylvania
  • July 19, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    FirstGradeFun, That’s a brilliant idea about the grilling! You’re right, when the protein is already prepped, meal prep goes sooooo much quicker!!

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  • Classroom Teacher
    4th Grade
    Teaching since: 1997
    South Carolina
  • July 22, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Pinterest has been my go to for quick and easy meals. Now that it is just me at home, I usually make chicken or something that I can portion out to take for lunch throughout the week.

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  • Classroom Teacher
    Kindergarten
    Teaching since: 2001
    Connecticut
  • July 27, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    HelloKitty, that casserole sounds fantastic! I think I’m going to try it this weekend!

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  • Special Education Teacher
    Elementary School
    Teaching since: 2007
    Pennsylvania
  • August 27, 2016 at 4:17 am

    Freezer cooking and the crockpot have been working great for me! I also keep a stash of burgers, applegate hot dogs and homemade pasta sauce in my freezer for those “disaster days” (woke up late, power went out while I was at work and the crockpot didn’t kick back on).

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