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Ah. It’s that time of year again. The time when big yellow buses rumble to life, department stores stock their shelves with backpacks and Five Star notebooks, and you’re left racking your brain trying to think of creative, nutritious recipes to send your child back to school. Well, we’ve got you covered!

Below, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite recipes that will satisfy hungry appetites – and include the nutrients growing children need.


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What to cook when…

One pot cooking recipes can only mean one thing: Less cleaning up! Whether it’s a one-pot wonder or a sheet pan meal, the options for tasty dishes are endless. We love this recipe roundup from blogger, Hello, Wonderful, which includes one pot chicken enchilada pasta, one pot chicken risotto and one pot chinese chicken fried rice. An added bonus to less clean-up? You get to spend more time with your kids.

Deep River Snacks Tip: Sub crumbled Aged Cheddar Horseradish kettle chips for breadcrumbs on the Crock Pot Mac and Cheese for a crunchy finish!

Get the One-Pan Dinner recipes>>>


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What to do when…

Getting the kids involved in the lunch-packing process won’t only save you time, but, chances are, it’ll also encourage kids to eat the lunch they helped pack! These great containers by our friends at Bentgo help make the packing and clean-up process easy, and the food is separated into its own section (perfect for those picky eaters who don’t like when their foods touch!).

Deep River Snacks Tip: Check out our 1-ounce snack packs on Amazon! Perfect for school lunches or after-school snacks!

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What to grab when…

All the dynamite flavor of your favorite ‘itos, with none of the fake stuff in them. HONCHOS organic tortilla chips have no artificial dyes, flavors, MSG or preservatives, which means you’ll love them as much as the kiddos. With three dynamite flavors, the hardest part of your day will be choosing which one to pack for lunch (and which to save for yourself!).

HONCHOS Tip: Try them for FREE with our Trial Kit! Once you figure out your need-to-have flavor, we will conveniently ship you a fresh supply every month. Never be empty handed again!

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What to make when…

It’s an inevitable (and perhaps all-too-common) sight: the kids are racing through the kitchen, out the door and to the bus, which is slowly passing the driveway. Here are 50 “Breakfast on the Fly” recipes from The Food Network to make sure your kids (and you!) are fueled properly on mornings like this.

HONCHOS Tip: Crumble up some organic HONCHOS and add them to the Cheese Frittata in a Cup for a satisfying morning crunch!

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What to whip up when…

Think beyond the PB&J! This simple trick requires a few cookie cutters, minimal clean up and a whole lot of thought. This message in a bottle sandwich from The Today Show is an easy way to celebrate major milestones (like entering a new school) or wish them “good luck” before that big test.

HONCHOS Tip: Add some organic HONCHOS as a side dish – a snack you can feel good about them eating, and one they won’t want to trade for those other ‘itos!

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