5 simple (and inspiring) meal ideas for Back to School

T’is the season to pack up those lazy hazy days of summer and jump right into the season of back to school with all its harried scheduling and compressed meal craziness.  To help you cope, here are some of our best tips and recipe ideas. If you’ve got some helpful ideas on how you manage the mealtime madness, PLEASE SHARE! The best ideas come from each other after all.

1. Cheeseburger Mini Meatloaves: these cook faster than traditional meatloaf and come in a kid-friendly flavour option that can’t be beat. Make and cook ahead to tuck in the freezer for a microwave heat-able option that is ready for teen after school snacking or staggered dinners.

Beef Cheeseburger Mini Meat LoavesBring kids to the table with this recipe for Beef Cheeseburger Mini Meat Loaves. Kids love the fast food flavours. You love that they’re getting the goodness of lean Canadian beef. These cook much faster than regular meat loaf, bringing new meaning to the term fast food.

2.Moroccan-style Beef Brochettes: take the ho-hum out of a speedy dinner. You get a delicious all-in-one dinner, packed with the powerful protein that lean Canadian beef provides along with the goodness of grains and grilled veggies. Speedy Tips: get the store to cut your kabob cubes for you – just ask them to cut your favourite Grilling Steak into cubes. Also, DYK that you can freeze kabob cubes right in the marinade so then they’re ready to cook once you thaw them.

Moroccan-Style Beef BrochettesWith these Moroccan-Style Beef Brochettes, you get a delicious all-in-one dinner recipe, packed with the powerful protein that lean Canadian beef provides along with the goodness of grains and grilled veggies.

3. Beef n’ Cheddar Wraps: When it comes to lunches, hey what about you? Seems we always worry about what to pack for the kids, but then forget about us… liven up your brown-bag lunch with these fabulous wraps. They’re a great way to use up any roast beef and fine cheese that might be left over from a weekend entertaining.

Beef and Fine Cheddar WrapsBy adding cashews, pepper jelly and watercress to these Beef 'n Fine Cheddar Wraps, your lunch bag looks soooo grown up! And the Canadian beef and aged Cheddar combination the recipe uses it makes them soooo good for you. Use very thinly sliced roast beef for the wraps so that they don’t get too bulky when rolling up. You can use deli roast beef if you don’t have any leftover roast.

4. Souvlaki Meatballs with Greek Veggie Sauté: This recipe is the whole meal deal. Check out our cool idea for meatballs that are square. Faster and easier. Do you have a meatball tip you can share?

Souvlaki Sirloin Beef Meatballs and MoreTo round out these dinners, serve any of the versions with our yummy Greek Vegetable Sauté, and your favourite creamy Greek Salad Dressing.

Big Batch Beef is key to many speedy meal ideas. Cook up and stash a batch of Big Batch Beef in the freezer for last minute dinners like Provolone Pizza, Speedy Spaghetti and Meat Sauce and Speedy Sloppy Joes.

Big Batch BeefBig Batch Beef is not only a speedy supper solution, it’s a nutrition bonus too – stir in a scoop as an easy way to enrich soups, spaghetti sauces and more. Add in some diced sweet pepper or grated carrot along with the onions and garlic as an easy way to sneak in more veggie content.
So Simple Beef Provolone PizzaWOW – with Big Batch Beef in the freezer, this pizza is a faster dinner alternative than take out!
Speedy Beef Sloppy JoesWith Big Batch Beef in the freezer, it's so easy to get a good-for-you super speedy weeknight meal! For singles in the kitchen, just divide ingredients by 4: 1/2 cup Big Batch Beef, 1/4 can of the pizza sauce, 1/3 cup frozen veggies, 1/2 tsp Worcestershire and a tablespoon of water. As a pantry staple, make up some Big Batch Beef for the first year college student in your life so you're sure they start off eating right.
Speedy Spaghetti SauceWith Big Batch Beef in the freezer, made-from-scratch meat sauce has never been so quick to make!

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