Back-To-School & New Lunchbox Recipes

pencils-458033_1280Summer just flew by, and with the cool, crisp weather this Wednesday morning, it feels like Fall is already here.

The end of Summer’s sweet freedom can feel hard, but heading back to school (or beginning a new school altogether) brings with it an invitation to new beginnings, new school supplies, new friends and much to learn.

We found a few back-to-school shopping tips (courtesy of 7News) to share with you.

1. Shop off-peak hours and leave the little ones at home

The best time to shop for school supplies is first thing in the morning or after 8 pm when store traffic is light. Avoid shopping during the rush times of 4:00 – 7:00 pm. and on the weekends when the stores are especially busy.

2. Check out store brands

While some school supply lists are very specific about brands of markers or pencils, you’ll likely be scratching your head at the store when you see the difference in the store brand vs. the premium brand pricing.

3. Use technology to compare prices, price match and get coupons before you shop

It pays to compare prices before you shop. Use the retailer websites to compare prices, browse the weekly ads and if you plan to shop around, create a shopping list for each store before you go to the stores.

4. Shop online for a quick and easy school supply buying experience

If you are pressed for time or if want to avoid the crazy back to school section of the big box stores, you can always place your order online. Many of the retailers are offering free shipping with a min purchase order.

New school supplies aren’t the only exciting part about heading back to school. School lunch, while often having a stigma of leaving something to be desired, can actually be a fun way to learn new recipes and revamp some old, like this BLT Pasta.

Ingredients

16 ounces rigatoni or penne, 12 slices bacon, 1 7-ounce package arugula leaves, 1 pint diced grape or cherry tomatoes, 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

-Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain & rinse under cold water. Transfer to a large bowl.

-Fry bacon over medium heat in a large skillet until crisp.

-Transfer bacon to a paper towel–lined plate. Spoon all but 1 tablespoon of the drippings into a small bowl; set aside.

-Add arugula to skillet & stir until it wilts, 30 to 60 seconds. Transfer to pasta bowl.

-Add tomatoes & ½ tablespoon of reserved drippings to skillet, cook for 2 minutes.

-Transfer tomatoes to pasta bowl & toss.

-If pasta seems dry, add up to 1 ½ tablespoons more of drippings.

-Crumble bacon over the top, season with salt & pepper, toss & enjoy!

 

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