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Stretch Your Family Food Budget (when you are too busy to cook)
September 08, 2019

Stretch Your Family Food Budget

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If you have been paying attention to the social media posts of EZ-DinnerIdeas, you most probably learned about the new release of a free ebook, 31 Back to School Recipes with Menus and Shopping Lists.

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What If You Are Too Busy To Prepare Any Meals?

I know you are very capable to prepare any back to school meals for your children and family. But what if your schedule is packed that there is no time to cook or prepare anything at all?

Believe me, I have been there. Fall and spring are the busiest seasons. With sport activities in full blown mode, there were times I ran 7 days a week. There are not only personal and family commitments, but also voluntary work that I promised several months ago. When work week rolled over, I was too exhausted to do anything. Some of you would just buy lunch. If it’s for a few days, that should be ok. If it’s more than that, it’s quite a lot of money flying out of your pocket.

Here are some quick tips for you.

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I only introduce them to you because of their high quality with several personal experiences with these products.

Salad Kits

There are so many combinations and varieties you can choose from this brand. These are my top 2 choices.

I highly recommend to put the entire unopened bag into a plastic container about 6-cup size with a slim reusable ice pack in an insulated lunch bag. It will keep the salad nice and cool when lunch hour is here.

For children in first grade or younger, it may need some help to open the bags to assemble the salad.

Another word of caution is that almost every bag has some kinds of nuts in it. The nice thing about it is that nuts are packed in a separate smaller plastic bag. If your children’s school is a nut free zone, you may instruct your child either NOT to open that bag and save it for later or discard it entirely.
5-Cup Plastic Container with Lid
Slim Ice Packs
Freezable Lunch Bags


This is my recent great find. There are 4 varieties. My favorite one is broccoli and cheese egg frittatas with chicken sausage and cheese.

When it comes to sandwiches like this, I heat it up first thing in the morning by following the package directions. Then, I wrap it with parchment paper, then into a food container and, finally, everything into an insulated lunch bag.

Apply this same method if you pack any other similar food items, such as burgers, egg muffins and so forth.

Granola Bars

So, what about snacks?

There are tons of granola bars out there in the supermarkets. So far, I found this brand, Sunbelt, is the best.

There is no after taste although it has a relatively shorter shelf life. I love the fact that there are almost no preservative in it. So, I highly recommend this one. My favorite flavor is the chocolate fudge dipped coconut bar. My little one loves the fruit bar. Either one is wonderful.


It may be new to you about this snack. But I am no stranger of this one. I have been enjoying it since I was a kid. Moving to the United States, the snack pack kind used to be only available in the Asian supermarkets. Now, they are almost everywhere. My 10-year-old fell in love with it right away. This is a great alternative for children and grown-ups for any no-sugar snacks.

So, if you are too busy next time to prepare any lunch for your child(ren) or yourself, these are the healthiest choices without spending too much money buying lunch.

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