I remember that the first day of school meant a new outfit, fresh pencils and clean notebooks, a cool fall morning, and Apple Crisp when I got home. My mom made sure that every single school year began with an after school treat of that special, delicious dessert. The scent of apples and cinnamon, the tender melting apples and crunchy brown sugar topping evokes school to me as much as fall leaves and the first football game.
Do you have a similar tradition in your family? If not, look through some of these recipes and think about starting your own first day of school tradition. Kids are hungry when they get home from school; give them a special and healthy after school treat!
- Apple Crisp
This classic recipe is delicious served plain or topped with vanilla or caramel ice cream.
- Apple Peach Pie
I love this pie, and you will too! The filling is unusual, with crushed corn flakes and lemon jello, and it's superb.
- Crockpot Cherry Cobbler
You could use a combination of fresh apples and apple pie filling for a nice change to this easy recipe.
- The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
What could be more traditional than chocolate chip cookies? This fabulous recipe is from my first book, Everything Meals for a Month. The best thing about that book is that you don't have to be an OAMC fan to use it - all of the recipes can be made and enjoyed today.
- Oatmeal Carmelitas
This is one of the best bar cookie recipes of all time. There are lots of variations of this recipe; this one is the best.
- Skillet Cookies
This old fashioned recipe is really delicious; try it soon!
- Chocolate Mint Surprise Cookies
Thin, crisp, brown sugar cookies are filled with chocolate and mint. Yum.
- Candy Bars
Three kinds of chocolate make this simple layered bar cookie so good.
- Cookie Brittle
This shortbread variation of chocolate chip cookies is quick to make and perfect with a cold glass of milk.
- Peanut Butter Marshmallow Treats
This peanut butter variation on the traditional treat is topped with peanut butter cups or a rich chocolate frosting.
- California Gold Bars
Apricot jam and walnuts add flavor and nutrition to these chewy bars.
- Quesadilla Recipes
These simple hot sandwiches, which consist of a filling placed in tortillas, then heated, are so easy to make! And they're delicious and satisfying.
- Wild Rice Sandwich Spread
Chicken, dried cherries, and wild rice in a creamy dressing make a fabulous sandwich filling.
- Chicken Salad Wraps
Once again, omit the jalapeno unless your kids are really into Tex Mex flavors.
- Mini Chicken Croissant Sandwiches
Flaky croissants are filled with tender chicken, crisp lettuce, and sweet tomato in this easy recipe.
- Grilled Chicken and Apple Sandwiches
This is my favorite sandwich! Keep apples, canned chicken, cheese, and bread on hand at all times so these sandwiches can be made in an instant.
- Parmesan Tuna Sandwiches
This updated version of tuna salad has wonderful flavor and texture.
- Turkey Sandwiches with Spinach Aioli
Spinach Aioli is basically spinach pesto with mayonnaise. It's a great addition to any sandwich recipe.
- Mediterranean Pitas
Make sure your kids like the marinated veggie salad; then this sandwich will be a hit.
Children are hungry when they get home from school. Lunch was hours ago, and kids need to eat every few hours for best nutrition. And you can even sneak more vitamins into a delicious snack with these easy recipes. And remember, your after school snack doesn't have to be sweet. The ever popular veggie dip is a great choice too. Having a sandwich spread on hand in the fridge means your kids can serve themselves in minutes.
Make the first day back to school special by giving your children something to look forward to. Start a new tradition in your family. And don't limit special recipes and foods to just the first day of school! Pick a day, any day, and greet your children with some delicious and healthy food.