Back to School Planning is Ongoing

Back to School
Plan for success for back to school
Back to School
Plan for success for back to school

THUNDER BAY – Family – Hard as it might seem for the kids, it is already time to start thinking and planning for back to school. A quick trip to Staples on Memorial is to see how the school supplies are already waiting for students and parents. Another way back is for planning delicious meals and snacks to make going back to school easier.

Ease your way into a busy new school year with easy dishes you can prepare and serve in minutes. Time-saving and delicious dinners allow you to enjoy valuable family meals without sacrificing precious time in the kitchen.

One smart way to pull together flavorful meals when you’re pinched for time is to keep versatile ingredients on hand that you can use in a variety of ways. For example, pre-sliced pepperoni is perfect for quick snacks, but it’s also great for do-it-yourself pizzas, casseroles and even a fresh take on grilled cheese sandwiches. An option like Armour Turkey Pepperoni can brighten up any appetizer or dish with 70 percent less fat and 25 percent less sodium than the Original variety.

Another “A-plus” idea: keep frozen meatballs handy, but think beyond traditional spaghetti. Not only do fully cooked meatballs save plenty of time, they make for a fun way to add protein and bring great flavor to kid favorites like macaroni and cheese.

Find more easy recipes for family meals this fall at

Grilled Cheese and Pepperoni Sandwiches
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
8 slices white or whole-grain bread
8 slices cheddar or American cheese
32 slices Armour Original or Turkey Pepperoni
1 cup roasted red pepper strips or 4 thin tomato slices (optional)

Spread butter over one side of each piece of bread. Put four slices of bread on sheet of waxed paper, buttered-side down.

Top each slice of bread with one cheese slice, eight slices pepperoni, 1/4 cup peppers or sliced tomato, if desired, and additional cheese slice. Top sandwiches with remaining bread, buttered-side up.

Heat large, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add two sandwiches; cook 4-5 minutes per side, or until cheese is melted and sandwiches are golden brown. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.

Alternate preparation tip: Cook sandwiches in two batches in heated panini maker or well-oiled waffle iron 3-4 minutes.

Cheesy Mac and Meatballs
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
Servings: 5
12 ounces elbow macaroni, uncooked
1 package (14 ounces) Armour Original Meatballs, thawed
12 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup milk
shredded cheddar cheese for topping (optional)

Cook pasta according to package directions. Cut meatballs in half.

In large saucepan over medium heat, combine shredded cheddar cheese and milk, stirring until smooth. Stir in meatballs; cover and simmer 5 minutes, or until meatballs are hot.

Drain macaroni; stir into meatball mixture. Top with cheddar cheese, if desired.

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