My Preschooler’s Favorite Dinners for Back to School Week + GIVEAWAYS!

Today’s post is sponsored by Barlean’s, Hamilton Beach, and Rhodes Bread as well as Crispy Green, The Spice House, and PackIt. However, all opinions are my own. #ad #Back2School

This week we are celebrating #Back2School. Or in my case to school, for the first time… I will be sending my oldest, Archie off to preschool and this momma is a mess.

I am assuming it is a mom thing but I am completely broken that my little baby Archie is off to preschool, the next thing you know he is going to be driving, and then moving across country, having kids… you might as well call me grandma…

I tried to convince him to stay home with me, not kidding. This kid insisted that he was ready for school and has been asking if it is time for school every morning when he wakes up and talking about it non-stop. So who am I to hold him back from what he wants, even if it is slowly killing me. 

I guess it is only preschool, and only 4 days of week, and only in the afternoon but still…

Seriously, I am having a hard time with it. Can you tell? So I have been trying to mentally prepare myself and physically prepare as well. I have been working in the kitchen and around the house to make this into a smooth transaction. 

Since Archie is starting school for the first time I want to make the first week a little special for him so I am going to be making some of his favorite dinners from the blog and thought I would share those with you. They are all great weeknight options the whole family will love! Most are quick to prep and just as quick to cook, so hey maybe you should just copy these recipes for your first week back at school too. 😉

And after you check out his list don’t forget to scroll on below to read more about this weeks GIVEWAY! 

Archie's Favorite Weeknight Dinners

Crockpot Bolognese

Bolognese is just a fancy word for meat sauce to serve over spaghetti. But this meat sauce is special beacuse it is incrediebly easy to make in the slow cooker plus FULL of extra vegetables! All you have to do is get some spaghetti noddles made once its time to eat and viola dinner. Plus this makes a large batch which is perfect because Archie loves the leftovers for lunch the next day.

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Korean Ground Turkey & Rice Bowls

Archie loves this recipe, ground turkey is flavored with a sweet yet savory korean inspired sauce and served over a bed of rice. The recipe takes about 15 minutes from start to finish which makes it a perfect weeknight meal the whole family will love.

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Baked Chicken Nuggets with Hidden Quinoa

Archie is in preschool after all so what preschooler doesn't absoultely love chicken nuggets. And what parent doesn't love healthy quinoa hidden in thier kids easy to make homemade chicken nuggets? This is one of those recipes the whole family enjoys because we can each have out favorite sauce with it, mom loves buffalo, whicle archie loves his chicken nuggets with ketchup & honey.

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Simple Vegetable Rice Soup

This is a simple and easy soup but so delicious and seriously everyone loves it! It is full with vegetables, delicious broth, and rice. Archie's favorite part is the carrots, he eats all of those out first and I think it is adorable!

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Quick Easy Pork Fried Rice

Can you tell my kid is a big rice fan? Archie devours fried rice. This is quick to make with cheap cuts of pork and keeps great for lunches to next day if you have extras! 😉

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And so in celebration of getting back to school I have teamed up with some other bloggers to celebrate the end of summer with a bang! Which means A TON of new recipes perfect for back to school and a GIVEAWAY! Thats right, we are giving away a great prize package, and you get to see these prizes in action throughout this week as we all share our recipes!

So check out the sponsors below and check out the giveaway!

I’ll be updating this post with my newest recipes all this week! Here:

Breakfast Avocado Breakfast Sandwich

• Snack Time

• Dinner

Meet the Recipe Sponsors

We are so thrilled to have Barlean’s, Hamilton Beach and Rhodes Bread sponsor our #Back2School week recipes! Read the info below and get to know them a little better.


At Barlean’s, we believe people can make a difference in the world through ordinary purchases. We’re on a mission to make premium natural supplements and functional foods that feed the mind and body and using our profits to support outreach programs for people in need, both locally and around the world. We source high quality ingredients and treat everyone along our supply chain with care and respect – from the farmers who grow our ingredients, to our retailers and employees, to the people who use our products.

Hamilton Beach

Whether you’re shopping for a college student moving into their first apartment or looking for appliances to simplify your weekday meal prep, Hamilton Beach Brands is here to help with your #Back2School needs. Every aspect of your day is taken care of- from a hassle-free breakfast sandwich or a sustaining smoothie in the morning, to after school snack time made simple with the Proctor Silex Air Fryer, to ensuring their outfits are ready to go the next morning with the CHI Touch Screen Iron. Hamilton Beach Brands will make this year’s back to school transition easier than ever.

Close up on pair of young girl’s hands removing a healthy wholesome wholemeal bread ham sandwich from her lunch box during breaktime

Rhodes Bake-N-Serv®

Rhodes Bake-N-Serv® is a family business dedicated to producing home-baked quality frozen bread and roll dough, frozen sweet rolls and partially baked frozen rolls. Rhodes is produced in the heart of Wisconsin with its headquarters in Utah. Rhodes is devoted to helping our customers bake successfully. We offer versatile products at a great value with a no-fault guarantee.

Giveaway Sponsors:

In addition to these amazing sponsors, our giveaway winner will also receive prizes from Crispy Green, PackIt, and The Spice House. You’re going to love these awesome prizes!

Cripsy Green

Crispy Green is the #1 Freeze-Dried Fruit Snack in the U.S.! With no added sugar, additives or preservatives, Crispy Green’s Crispy Fruit snack line makes for the perfect snack for those back to school lunch boxes! Crispy Fruit is 100% pure fruit, nothing else!


PackIt’s Freezable Lunch Bag folds up neatly to the size of a thick book. Throw the whole bag in the freezer overnight, to activate its built-in freezable gel. By morning, the walls of the bag will be completely frozen and ready to chill just like a fridge. The Mod Lunch Bento includes 3 removable dividers that wall off thick liquids and solids, letting you separate sensitive foods and create customized spaces each time.

The Spice House

The Spice House has been a purveyor of fine spices since 1957, grinding them in small weekly batches to retain freshness and enhance their flavor profiles.

#Back2School Recipe Inspiration

For more amazing #Back2School recipes, please follow our #Back2School Pinterest board. Be sure to also check out my fellow bloggers participating all week long for more delicious dishes!

Blogghetti, Bowl Me Over, Cindy’s Recipes and Writings, Cheese Curd In ParadiseCooking With CarleeDoodlecraftEveryday Eileen, Family Around the Table, Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks, Juggling Act MamaKaren’s Kitchen Stories, Mandatory MoochPalatable PasttimeThe Schmidty Wife, and Wendy Polisi.

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#Back2School Giveaway

The giveaway includes the following prizes:

  • Omega Pal’s Prize Pack from Barleans
  • 1 item (winner’s choice from featured products) from Hamilton Beach
  • Cookbook and coupons from Rhodes Bread
  • 4 six-pack bags of Crispy Fruit snacks (mixed flavors) from Crispy Green
  • Best Sellers Collection Gift Box from The Spice House
  • Freezable Lunch Bag + Mod Lunch Bento from PackIt

Official Rules and Conditions: One (1) winner will be chosen. Prize must be claimed within 48 hours of announcement or a new winner will be drawn. Open to US residents 18+ only. All entries will be verified. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Rafflecopter, or any other entity unless otherwise specified. Giveaway ends 08/21/2019. Enter using the widget below.

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Peace & Love

Lauren, The Schmidty Wife

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19 Replies to “My Preschooler’s Favorite Dinners for Back to School Week + GIVEAWAYS!”

  1. My tip for back to school… get everything ready the night before! Much less stress and hassle in the morning!

    1. Good to know because I am for sure not a morning person!!!

  2. Thanks for all the ideas! I’ll use these recipes when I make dinner for my grandchildren:)

    1. Hope you enjoy them Carol! 🙂

  3. What a tasty collection of recipes. My first grader would love all of them!

    1. They are definitely recipes all kids usually love!

  4. Need to make your bolongese!

    1. Hope you enjoy it! It is definitely a family favorite at our house!

  5. These are fantastic back to school ideas! These are all things that my kiddos will love too!

    1. Thank you!The nice thing is that adults love them too!

  6. Thanks for some great after school meal ideas. I love that you sneak quinoa into those chicken nuggets!

    1. Haha yes those chicken nuggets are one of his favorite and I feel so sneaky every time I serve them! 🙂

  7. My oldest pushed my out of the preschool class so she could enjoy it! Going to preschool was how I bribed her to be potty trained!

    1. Yeah he is excited for it!!

  8. Kids will love these recipes and so do I!

  9. It’s a great idea to sneak healthy vegetables into kid-loving recipes and these all sound delicious! Trying to pack a healthy lunch is my best school tip for a successful day.

  10. What a great group of ideas! Can’t wait to try some of them.

  11. My favorite BTS tip is to give the kids as much of a say in things (their clothes, backpacks, snacks, etc) as possibly. It makes them more eager to participate, I think.

  12. I know the feeling, except it was a long time ago! Take lots of pics and record those moments. Meanwhile every recipe choice is a reason your son will be with you a long time, delicious recipes!

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