Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A Fall Menu For Busy Families

October is here and the carefree days of summer are behind us. Our calendar is packed, from birthday parties to extra-curricular activities like swimming and tennis. We've set up a homework station at home, organized the bedrooms so the children always know where to find the things they need, and embraced the change in routine. I've said good-bye to summer dresses and I've even given up on flip flops. There is some sadness associated with fall, but... fall is also a beautiful, busy time—from wagon rides at the pumpkin patch to Thanksgiving and Halloween.

Our house is bustling with energy from the moment we wake up and once the boys are off to school, I  start working, and start thinking about what to prepare for dinner. With such busy schedules, what I feed my family is really important to me, and I try my best to make sure my children are eating food they love that's healthy for them.

Mornings are rushed, for most of us. In fact, nearly 70% of Canadian parents surveyed by Loblaws and President's Choice have less than 10 minutes to make children their breakfast during the week, and more than a quarter of Canadian parents find it difficult to provide their kids with a nutritious breakfast on weekday mornings. I get it—sometimes toast and butter is all there's time for—but try incorporating some other breakfast ideas into your routine.

Here's a delicious—and healthy—recipe that takes only minutes to prepare—and will carry your kids from breakfast all the way to lunch.

Applesauce Greek Yogurt Parfait

Why we love it: A healthy breakfast that anyone in my family can make in less than two minutes gets two thumbs up from me. It's also very yummy!


3 Tbsp PC Organics Honey Almond Granola Cereal
6 (or more) blueberries
PC Organics 0% M.F. Honey Stirred Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup PC Organices Sweetened Applesauce


Layer 2 Tbsp granola, blueberries, yogurt and applesauce in a parfait glass or whatever you have on hand. Top with remaining 1 Tbsp granola and blueberries.

Here is a great lunch (or dinner) recipe I love, too:

Tortillini with Fresh Tomato Herb Sauce

Why we love it: My boys like sandwiches for lunch, but they love a packed lunch that's warm even more. This is a simple recipe to make in the morning, if you're organized. It's a great way to keep the kids going through the afternoon, especially as the weather gets colder. You can even prepare the sauce the night before (go, you!) so you don't have to stress in the morning.


1 package PC Cherry Tomatoes, chopped
3 Tbsp PC New World EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 small clove garlic, finely grated
1/4 Tsp salt
2 Tbsp each chopped fresh basil, chives, and parsley
1 package PC Gluten-Free Cheese Tortellini


Stir together tomatoes, oil, garlic, salt and basil, chives, parsley.
Bring 12 cups water to a boil; add pasta. Stir occasionally.
Reduce heat to medium, and cook for 4 minutes or until tender but firm.
Toss with tomato mixture.
Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Simple—and totally delicious.

A few other recipes we love?

Fresh and Simple Portuguese Salad

My boys (thankfully) love eating salad at dinner time, and this is a simple and healthy salad they love that's easy to make.

Hazelnut Pear Chocolate Chip Waffles

The perfect breakfast for a Sunday morning when you don't have to rush. The waffles can be made in the toaster or oven, and they come out crisp and golden on the outside, and light and airy on the inside—a perfect combination. (Feel free to get creative with your toppings, too!)

I love that my children love these new recipes, especially because they are easy to make and healthy. Sometimes, all it takes is a little preparation to incorporate new, healthy meal ideas that don't have to be complicated.

Happy meal-planning!

Disclaimer: I was compensated by President's Choice for this post, however, all views and opinions are my own. 

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