Enjoy Easy Back-to-School Meals
August 25th, 2017

Step back from the hectic pace of fall with tasty yet simple recipes

Fruit and Berry Pancake Crunch

  • 4 cups prepared pancake mix (from scratch or a box)
  • 1 1/2 cups assorted berries, fresh or frozen
  • 1½ cups peach apple walnut multigrain cereal (or fruit granola of your choice)

Mix berries with prepared pancake mix. If you use frozen berries, let them thaw for a bit or bake for 5 minutes longer.

Pour pancake mix and berries into a greased 9-inch-by-13-inch baking dish. Top with cereal or granola and more fruit.

Cover with foil and bake at 350 F for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove foil for the last 5 minutes.

French Toast Waffles

  • 5 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • 1 loaf of store-bought or homemade French bread, cut into 1 1/2-inch-thick slices

Crack eggs and mix thoroughly in a shallow bowl.

After heating a waffle iron and spraying with a light coating of oil (only once), dip a slice of French bread into the egg mixture on both sides. Do not soak, just dip. This is the secret to great French toast.

Place pieces of French bread—however many will will fit—onto the waffle iron. Sprinkle the bread with cinnamon, close the lid and cook for the same amount of time you would a waffle. Check halfway through on the first one to make sure you don’t overcook it.

The great thing about this recipe is the waffles can be made ahead of time and frozen for later use.


Cheesy Garlic Parmesan Chicken on a Stick

  • Frozen popcorn chicken, thawed
  • Garlic salt, optional
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Cheese
  • Green onion
  • Skewers

Cut skewers in half and slide popcorn chicken onto them. Three at a time is perfect. Sprinkle with garlic salt and Parmesan cheese.

Bake at 400 F for 10 to 15 minutes.

Top chicken with cheese, bacon and green onions. Add anything else you have, too!

Kids love these, but be sure to cut the sharp ends off the skewers.

Foot-Long Hot Dogs

  • 1 package of hot dogs
  • 1 package premade refrigerated bread dough/pizza dough/crescent rolls
  • Skewers

Put two hot dogs on each skewer. One package will make four foot-long hot dogs. Roll out the dough and lay the hot dogs evenly on the dough. Slice the dough in between each hot dog skewer. Roll up the hot dogs in the dough and pinch the seams closed.

Lay on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 375 F or until golden brown.


Cheesy Sloppy Joe Casserole

  • Frozen hamburger patties
  • 1 to 2 cans sloppy joe sauce
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 1 can of large buttermilk biscuits

Place frozen hamburger patties in a casserole dish. The size varies depending on how many patties you use. Pour one to two cans of sloppy joe sauce over the patties. Cover with foil and cook at 400 F for 20 minutes.

While burgers are cooking, cut biscuits into fourths. Remove burgers from oven and top with biscuits and cheese.

Cook an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.


Chicken Enchilada Casserole

  • Chicken breasts, fresh or frozen
  • Large can of red or green enchilada sauce
  • 3 cups cooked rice, white or wheat
  • Tortilla chips
  • 2 cups shredded cheese of any kind

Spray a 9-inch-by-13-inch pan with cooking spray. Place as many chicken breasts in the pan that your family will eat. Pour a can of enchilada sauce over the top.

Cover with foil and cook for 1 to 2 hours at 400 F so the chicken gets really tender and you can shred it.

Remove chicken from the oven and shred it. Top with cooked rice and spread it evenly over the chicken and sauce. Top with tortilla chips and cheese.

Pop into the oven just until cheese melts.

Strawberry Lemon Cake Mix Cookies

  • Lemon cake mix
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 cup olive, canola or coconut oil
  • Powdered sugar

Mix together cake mix, eggs, oil and jam. Batter should be the consistency of cookie batter. If it’s a little thinner than cookie batter, add flour a little at a time until you have the consistency of cookie batter.

Drop a teaspoonful onto a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired. You can also make a little well in the middle with a spoon and add more jam. To keep the spoon from sticking to the dough, spray the back of the spoon with cooking spray or dab it in flour.

Bake cookies at 350 F for 8 to 10 minutes.

All recipes and photos by Shari Lynne at Faith and Food for Busy Moms.