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Ok so this is a forum to discuss all the challenges of homeschool and for me healthy meals is a must. I have food allergies too so I make everything paleo.
Lets share our healthy "go-to recipes" for those busy homeschool days! I know you get sick of pb and J.
Here is one I am making right now!
Slow cooker BBQ chicken
1 package frozen chicken breasts (about 6 of them)
1 bottle of 12 oz BBQ sauce ( I avoid ones with corn syrup but you do what fits your budget)
1/4 cup brown sugar (this might be optional if your BBQ sauce is sweet but I usually pick spicey ones)
1/3 cup Italian dressing (I use braggs vinaigrette)
Heat for 6-8 hours on low or 3-4 on high. Shred the chicken with a fork and eat on buns or I use potato chips as I am gluten free.
Prep time less than 5 minutes.
* Also if you use non-frozen chicken breast you can get them done in an hour or two.
Stock up on bags of frozen chicken breasts when they are on sale and this recipe is always a hit when I make it.
One of my kids' favorite dishes came about because of having some leftovers and no time, or money, to go to the grocery store. I have changed it to use, well, really, any kind of leftovers. But ours originally started with chicken noodle soup.
When we make soup we tend to make it a bit thicker than actual soup, so more of a stew. Take that, throw it in a big pan, mix up some biscuit mix(use whatever brand you like, we have a generic one here, lol). Drop the biscuit mix on top of your pan a' stew/soup in spoonfuls. You don't need to cover it entirely, but it helps to cover most of it(the biscuits expand anyway). Then I toss it in the oven at 350/375(depends on what soup/stew/mixture I use on the bottom) for about 25-30 mins.
I know not really a typical recipe, I eyeball everything. It's really nice and filling, which is a good thing. We have put everything from meat, to rice, to veggies in these concoctions. As long as there is some kind of liquid in it, you're good to go. The last time I made it I used some chicken broth, mixed veggies and rice, because it was all we had. You can adapt it to use really anything at all. It's a great way to use up leftovers, if you have them. But even if you go out and buy all the ingredients, it's cheap as heck. I've made the meal for under $5 before, which is saying a lot because I made two pans of it that night.
We're vegan, so no recipes to share that would actually be helpful to you paleo folks. When i was "in the trenches" with two very busy homeschooled elementary/middle school aged kids, I did a lot of freezer cooking while the kiddos were at their dad's. That way I could enjoy healthy, homemade "TV dinners" during the week. I found this book: Dinner's in the Freezer to be more helpful than "Once a Month Cooking" because it teaches you how to use your own recipes for bulk cooking, but I should probably put some sort of a trigger warning on my recommendation because she is a somewhat evangelical Christian and I know that's harder to ignore if you've had bad experiences.