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5 easy back-to-school recipes with fresh, local ingredients

With another summer ending, parents are faced with the age-old dilemma: finding easy, healthy, delicious and kid-friendly recipes to nourish their children during the day. Whether your kids are heading back into the classrooms or are continuing with online learning, having on-the-go lunches and snacks is essential to keeping them happy, healthy and focused.

At Commisso’s, we believe fresh is best and we encourage our customers to shop local and in-season to get the best, freshest groceries. But buying fresh is only half the battle -- creating recipes with the freshest ingredients brings you and your family to nutritious, delicious victory. We’re sharing 5 easy back-to-school recipes using the freshest local ingredients to help you and your family achieve health, save time and spend your time where it matters: with each other.

Morning Glory Muffins

If you’re looking to prep breakfast or give your kids a sweet afternoon snack, these muffins are not only delicious but they use two in-season ingredients, apples and carrots. Try it out and let us know if it’s kid-approved in your household.

Note: if your kids are raisin-averse, you can remove them from the recipe.

Recipe Credit: Canadian Living

Turkey and Cranberry Sandwich

Classic Thanksgiving flavours in a grab-and-go format. This recipe is simple to prepare and uses three in-season ingredients: cranberries, lettuce and tomatoes. With a twist on a lunchbox staple, you’re guaranteed to avoid using a stale recipe with this crowd pleaser. 

Recipe Credit: A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

Vegetable Egg Bites

Make-ahead, freezer-friendly, customizable, perfect for lunchboxes -- we could go on about why this recipe is a must for busy families. Using in-season local ingredients like zucchini, tomatoes, spinach or grated sweet potatoes will help to keep this staple fresh and never-boring.

Recipe Credit: Jessica Levinson

Mashed Chickpea ‘Egg’ Sandwich

Avoiding common allergies for school lunches can be another check on a parent’s to-do list. This simple recipe with mashed chickpeas makes it easy to pack a recipe you won’t worry about packing in your kid’s lunchbox. If your kids are on the picky side, you can remove certain spices you know they won’t love and this recipe will still be a hit. We recommend adding in-season spinach and chopped celery to the wrap to add extra vitamins, freshness and texture.

Recipe Credit: The Simple Veganista

Simple Pizza Bun Recipes

Nutritious, lunchbox-ready and easy to make? Count us in. If you have kids who are not always eager to eat their vegetables, try adding in-season vegetables to the pizza bun to get in nutrition without compromising taste. Our favourite in-season veggies to add to this recipe are spinach, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, onions and carrots.

Recipe Credit: Simple As That

If you’re having one of those busy, stressful weeks and making meals ahead is not something you can manage - take it easy. Visit us and we’ll have ready-made meals for you to serve dinner, prepare lunch and everything in between.

What are your go-to, kid-friendly lunch recipes? Share them with us below or tag us in your creation on Instagram or Facebook!