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How to make the transition from summer meals to back-to-school dinners


MADISON (WKOW) -- Getting kids back into the routine of school can be very challenging.

Parents need healthy and quick recipes for breakfast, snacks after school and dinner. This morning on Wake Up Wisconsin Weekend we'll have some easy recipe ideas to make the transition from summer to fall less stressful.

Kelly Jones, clinic director at Medithin Weight Loss Clinics, joins Wake Up Wisconsin Weekend.

Here are the recipes:

§  Cut up fruit, cheese cubes, and a handful of nuts – can be eaten at home or on the go
§  Whole grain waffle or slice of whole grain bread toasted and spread with peanut butter
§  Whole wheat tortilla with a sliced hard-boiled egg, lean ham, slice of cheese and salsa
After School Snacks
§  Buy a ready-made veggie tray and low fat ranch dressing for a quick veggie snack.  Divide it out and you will have whole weeks' worth!
§  Buy a ready-made fruit tray along with flavored yogurt for a fruit and dip snack
§  Keep pasta, frozen veggies and frozen ground meat on hand so you always have ingredients to work with
§  Cook and chop ingredients when you have free time and store accordingly so that quick assembly is all you need when preparation times are short
§  Have a "go to" recipes that allows you to mix and match ingredients:
§  Choose a pasta shape
§  Choose ground meat: beef, chicken, turkey, etc.
§  Choose a vegetable: broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, shredded carrots, etc. or any combination
§  Choose your seasoning:
§  Oregano, thyme and basil
§  Rosemary and parsley
§  Garlic, onion, cumin and chili powder
§  Garlic, salt and pepper
Recipe Kelly will demonstrate:
Savvy Substitute's One Pot Dinner
Serves 4
·         3/4 pound (12 oz.) pasta (any shape)
·         2 cups chopped vegetables (such as broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, shredded carrots)
·         1 pound ground meat (such as beef, chicken, turkey)
·         Seasonings: garlic, onion, etc. (create your own combinations)
·         2 tablespoons olive oil, any flavor
·         Parmesan, optional
1.       Cook the pasta according to the package directions, adding the veggie(s) during the last two minutes of cooking time. Drain and return the pasta and veggies to the pot.
2.       Meanwhile, in large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground meat and spices, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until browned, 3 to 5 minutes.
3.       Toss the ground meat mixture with the pasta and veggies and the oil. Serve with Parmesan if desired.
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