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Morning routines, homework, practices and more are all part of back-to-school season, and even when time is short, flavorful meals can be, too.

Whether it’s breakfast and dinner together as a family or sending your little learner out the door with a nutritious lunch, making tasty recipes in your own kitchen doesn’t have to be a drain on an already busy schedule. With dishes such as a new take on French toast to a quickly packed lunchbox and bolder burgers, you can keep your loved ones fueled for everything the school year brings your way.

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A truly beneficial start to the day is usually centered around breakfast. Start your family on the right foot with a meal that delivers sweet flavor along with nutritious fruits.

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Honey Leches French Toast

Servings: 4

Honey Leches

2 tablespoons blueberry honey

1/4 cup evaporated milk

1/4 cup light coconut milk

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Berry Garnish

1/2 cup fresh raspberries

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

1/2 cup fresh strawberries, sliced

Hot Honey

1/2 cup blueberry honey

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Pound Cake

8 small slices pre-made pound cake

Nonstick cooking spray

To make Honey Leches: In mixing bowl, whisk blueberry honey, evaporated milk, coconut milk, eggs, vanilla extract and cinnamon to evenly combine. Keep chilled.

To make Berry Garnish: In mixing bowl, lightly toss raspberries, blueberries and strawberries to evenly combine. Keep chilled.

To make Hot Honey: In small mixing bowl, whisk blueberry honey and cayenne pepper to evenly combine. Keep warm so hot honey is pourable.

Heat electric griddle to 375 degrees.

Arrange pound cake slices, side by side, flat, in casserole dish or pan with sides. Pour Honey Leches over and around pound cake slices; soak 1 minute.

Lightly coat griddle with nonstick cooking spray. Remove pound cake slices from Honey Leches, allowing liquid to drain off, then place each slice on hot griddle.

On griddle, cook pound cake slices approximately 2 minutes on each side until golden crispy and hot throughout.

To serve, place two overlapping pound cake slices on plate (four plates total). Top each with approximately 1/4 cup mixed berries then drizzle each with approximately 2 tablespoons hot honey.

Midday Meal

Back to school means back to packing daily lunches, and for parents aspiring to send healthier options with their children, look no further than a bento box loaded with the nutritional values of fruits, dairy and protein.

By assembling this nutritious meal using a divided bento box, you can add a little fun to an already flavorful lunch.

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Watermelon Kebabs

Watermelon, cut into sticks

Yogurt, for dipping berries

18 cubes (1 inch each) seedless watermelon

6 cubes smoked turkey breast

6 cubes cheddar cheese

6 coffee stirrers or beverage straws

In small plate with dividers, assemble watermelon sticks with yogurt in one section and berries in separate section.

To make Watermelon Kebabs: Skewer watermelon, turkey and cheese cubes on stirrers or straws. Assemble in third section of plate.


Making a meal everyone loves can sometimes be a challenge when tastes differ and each member of the family craves something different. However, turning to a nearly universally enjoyed staple – a burger – may be just the solution.

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Brooklyn Bacon Bonanza Burger

Servings: 4

4 thick chunks Jarlsberg cheese

1 tablespoon hot sauce

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 pound ground beef

1/2 pound ground pork

1 onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)

1 cup chopped cooked bacon

3 tablespoons sundried tomato paste

3 tablespoons breadcrumbs

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Nonstick cooking spray

4 eggs for frying (optional)

4 hamburger buns

8 thin slices tomato

Place cheese in freezer about 1 hour ahead of time.

Heat grill to medium-high heat. In small bowl, mix hot sauce and mayonnaise; set aside.

In large bowl, season beef, pork, onion, bacon, tomato paste and breadcrumbs with salt and pepper. Using hands, mix until well combined.

Using hands, form meat mixture into four balls. With thumb, make indentation in centers of balls and place one chunk cheese in center of each. Begin shaping burgers around cheese until patties form.

Spray grill grates with nonstick spray. Grill burgers, turning frequently, until cooked through and cheese begins to ooze out, about 8-10 minutes.

In nonstick skillet, fry eggs, if desired; set aside. Serve burgers on hamburger buns with chipotle-mayo, tomato slices and fried eggs.