Nineteen days. The official countdown to back to school has begun at our house! I can’t believe how quickly summer has flown by and I also cannot believe my daughter is going into second grade. I so clearly remember the first day she stepped on that big yellow school bus for the first time to head off to kindergarten. And now, well now she’s one of those “big kids” that the newbies look up to. She’s excited about going back to school. And also a little nervous. She will have a new principal, a new teacher (who we don’t even know the name of yet) and she has no idea yet which of her friends from grade one will be in her split class. But she’s a smart, social kid and I know she will do just fine!
Because my husband and I both work fulltime outside of the home, summer break isn’t a monumental change in our routine. But some things are different, and a little easier. Summer means Molly eats lunch at daycare and this is one less task I have to worry about during the week. And let me tell you, by June of grade one I was wracking my brain (and Pinterest) constantly trying to come up with new and tasty lunch ideas that she would eat. Molly’s not even really what you would call a picky eater, but after 10 months of boxed lunches, even the best eater tends to get a little bored. Summer also means I have a little more time to spend on making meals in the evening. I don’t have to rush all the way across town and pick her up from the after school program within the half an hour window I have to get there. I don’t have to take her to singing lessons or cheer practice. I also tend to take on a little less extra work during the summer. But all of that is going to change in a matter of weeks. Once again there will be lunches to make, lessons to shuttle Molly too, cut off times to pick her up and less time to spend in the kitchen doing what I love to do – cook tasty and healthy meals for my family.
The good news is there is help out there. I know that Canadian Turkey and Lentils.org have my back when it comes to transitioning into back to school season (and they have yours too – keep reading for a great giveaway!). Want to start the school year off on the right foot? Of course you do. And ensuring that your and your family are eating right is high on most parent’s priority list. Keeping your body fuelled with good food is important for both parents and kids. Choosing healthy, nutritious foods like Canadian turkey and lentils is just a smart choice. Both are packed full of protein and nutrients and are incredibly versatile. Here’s a few tips to make back to school easy with Canadian turkey and lentils:
Turkey and lentils are the perfect choice for batch cooking. Cook a little extra turkey to provide planned leftovers, so you can cook once and eat twice! And lentils can be cooked in large batches and refrigerated or frozen in pre-set amounts, so that they’re ready to thaw and use for your next recipe.
Both lentils and turkey are a great source of protein and important minerals, and lentils are a great source of fiber, too. Combine the two, and you’ll power up your plate!
Keep It Simple!
Lentils are quick and easy to cook, and they don’t require pre-soaking. Both turkey and lentils can be cooked ahead of time and freeze well, so they’re ready when you are!
Turkey adapts to all of your favourite flavour profiles and spice combinations, and with so many cuts to choose from you can find choices that please the whole family. With lentils, the options are endless since they can be used in countless different recipes, including salads, smoothies and even desserts! Turkey and lentils are delicious at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and everything in between. Both can be enjoyed hot or cold, and taste great the next day, too!
Add lentils and turkey to your favourite dishes for an instant protein boost! Salads, soups, pasta sauces and casseroles all benefit from the added nutrients lentils and turkey contribute.
Put Canadian turkey and lentils on your plate every day and you can feel good knowing that you are feeding your family healthy and nutritious food that will get everyone through their days filled with energy and good-for-you fuel!
Need some recipe inspiration? You’re in luck! Check out the kid’s favourite recipes section at Canadian Turkey and see what exciting things you can do with lentils in the Lentils.org recipe area. If you are looking for breakfast ideas (and who isn’t?) then I’ve got just the thing for you. This Hearty Turkey Lentil Breakfast Bowl is packed full of protein and flavour and a perfect way for the whole family to start their day. Of course there is also nothing wrong with breakfast for dinner either…
- 3 Canadian turkey sausages
- 2 cups (500 ml) cooked whole green lentils
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 medium sized butternut squash, cut into ½ inch cubes
- 1 large zucchini, cut into ¾ inch cubes
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 tsp (5 ml) garlic powder
- 1 tsp (5ml) sweet paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 4 eggs
- Heat olive oil in a large frying pan.
- Remove sausage from casings.
- Add onions, sausage and squash to pan and cook through, 10 - 12 minutes. Break up sausage into chunks while cooking.
- Add zucchini, peppers, and lentils. Cook an additional 3 - 5 minutes until zucchini and peppers are browned and softened, and the lentils are warmed through.
- Add seasonings and salt and pepper to taste.
- To serve, top with fried eggs.
Enter to Win!
With the new school year just around the corner you probably have a nice big shopping list you need to check off. Whether it’s school supplies, back to school clothes (my kid outgrew ALL of her shoes this summer) or getting the fridge and pantry stocked, the expenses never seem to end. That’s why I am excited that Canadian Turkey and Lentils.org are sponsoring a giveaway right here on the blog for a $75 prepaid Visa gift card!
Giveaway is open to Canadian residents age 18 and over. One main entry per household. Enter using the form below. Good luck!