Cooking with Connie: Superpower Overnight Oatmeal

7 easy meals for busy back-to-school season

August is here and that means it’s back-to-school time. Getting into a new routine can be difficult for the entire family.

We have you covered with seven super-easy ideas for breakfasts, lunch and dinner. All of these budget-friendly recipes call for common ingredients.

A grab-and-go breakfast that's tasty and densely packed with nutrients is so easy. Photo by Connie Post

BREAKFAST IN A JAR

A healthy breakfast provides energy to help you get through the day. ‘SUPERPOWER’ OVERNIGHT OATMEAL is packed full of Greek yogurt, oatmeal and chia seeds. Delicious stir-in possibilities include toasted almonds, banana slices, berries, honey or pomegranate seeds. Assemble in individual mason jars before bedtime, then in the morning grab and go.

Even if you're not a morning person, you may totally fall in love with breakfast with these delicious and easy breakfast bowl ideas. Photo by Connie Post

BREAKFAST BOWLS

It’s surprisingly easy to put together a quick and healthy breakfast bowl. One of my favorite recipe books is David Bez’s “Breakfast Love.” Click here for BLUEBERRIES, AVOCADO, RYE BREAD & GOAT CHEESE, as well as seven more incredibly easy and incredibly gourmet-tasting combinations – some sweet, some savory. Your family will think you’re amazing.

Ramen noodles taste grown up with a handful of added ingredients. Photo by Connie Post

NOODLING LUNCH OPTIONS?

Who doesn’t love ramen noodles? EASY RAMEN HACKS is one of my very favorite recipes, especially for fall and winter. I often pack the ingredients and assemble during my lunch break at work. You have lots of options, depending on what you have in your panty and fridge. I personally like a little miso, sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, sesame seeds, chopped green onions, seaweed strips and a handful of baby spinach leaves.

Whether it's getting home after soccer or ballet practice, or needing a quick dinner before you take off to a night class, this Buttermilk Chicken and Tomato Salad tastes so good and assembles in 10 minutes. Photo by Connie Post

ROTISSERIE CHICKEN ON THE RUN

One of the easiest ways to put together a quick dinner starts with a rotisserie chicken. These recipes for BUTTERMILK CHICKEN AND TOMATO SALAD and CHICKEN NICOISE SALAD only take 10 minutes from kitchen to table. They’re also easy to pack for lunch.

This Hamburger Soup is so yummy. Pair with homemade cornbread or store-bought dinner rolls and you have a delicious meal. Photo by Connie Post

LIKE A BURGER IN A BOWL

I dearly love HAMBURGER SOUP, thanks to Ree Drummond (aka The Pioneer Woman).  Some ground chuck, beef broth, canned tomatoes and fresh ingredients become a hearty family meal that can be in under 45 minutes or even the night before and heated up. Like a lot of soups and stews, this one tastes better on the second day.

This is our FAVORITE mac and cheese no-bake recipe. Photo by Connie Post

COMFORT FOOD

There’s nothing like creamy mac and cheese when you’ve had a challenging day. I found a delicious and easy NO-BAKE MAC AND CHEESE recipe that will soothe your soul. Plus, the crispy crumb topping will perk you right up.

Everyone will love this cheeseburger and fries casserole. Plus, most of it can be assembled the night before. Photo by Connie Post

BETTER THAN CHEESEBURGER AND FRIES

Whether a quick and hearty meal for the family or an office carry-in, CHEESEBURGER AND FRIES CASSEROLE will receive high marks. Put all the ingredients together except the frozen French fries the night before and refrigerate.

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