Quick Foods for Healthy Back-to-School Meals
We don’t need more studies to convince us of the benefits of eating family meals together. Obviously, preparing a family dinner from scratch, full of plant-powered, organic ingredients on a daily basis would be magnificent, but based on how we run our lives, or sometimes how our lives run us, we all sometimes need healthy fast food hacks and helpers to get a wholesome, appealing dinner on the table quickly for our own family and any guests that might suddenly join in!
No time to make from scratch?
I hope some of the products featured help you put some great meals on the table when you don’t have time to assemble your favourite recipe. There are also some great items to make packing, storing, and cleaning up a real snap! Here’s to new beginnings and creative, healthy, happy school-year meals full of laughter, love, sharing, and real food.
Sunshine Plant-based Burgers
This wholesome, allergy-friendly veggie burger made with certified organic, whole food ingredients can be enjoyed in a bun, wrapped in lettuce or collard leaves, crumbled onto pasta, or cut into bite-sized pieces to dip. Challenge your family to top with at least 4 items/condiments to keep trying new things! Visit sunshineburger.com for more.
Rollin Greens Millet Tots
Swap french fries or empty calorie tots for nutrient-dense millet-based tots. These crispy bites are gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, and soy-free – just heat and serve! Visit rollingreens.com for more.
Sweet Earth Veggie Pizza
Frozen pizza isn’t typically the healthiest choice, but this new family favourite fast food is vegan, loaded with veggie toppings, and made with a chia seed crust! Visit sweetearthfoods.com for more.
Foodies Vegan Frittata
Frittatas made from pumpkin seeds, veggies, and spices? Yes! Delicious and made without eggs, dairy, gluten, soy, nuts, sugars, or artificial ingredients. Visit foodiesvegan.com for more.
Siete Grain Free Tortillas
Maybe not scientifically proven, but everything is more fun to eat in a wrap, right? These grain-free tortillas are paleo, gluten-free, and preservative-free. Fajita night? Stir fry for dinner and then leftovers in a wrap for next day’s lunch? That’s a wrap! Visit sietefoods.com for more.
Love Beets Organic Beets
Marinated and then cooked until tender, these roasted beets are ready to eat right out of the (resealable) package. Bonus: no stained fingers! Visit lovebeets.com for more.
Hope Organic Hummus
When you’re running late and don’t have time to soak and cook chickpeas, this is the next best thing. Make hummus toasts with “choose-your-own” toppings, spread on a falafel sandwich, or use simply as a classic dip for veggies. When buying hummus, ensure organic chickpeas are used – we don't want to be serving glyphosate to our family! Visit hopefoods.com for more.
Sunflower Family Sunflower Haché
True innovation comes in this box to help you make a quick, nutrient-rich, plant-based meal. Made from organic sunflower seeds and spices (that’s it!), it’s ready to use in any ground meat dish, such as shepherd’s pie or chili. Visit sunflowerfamily.us for more.
Chef Soroya Bowls
Instant rice and beans in delicious chef-made flavour combinations make for a protein-packed instant meal. Keep one or two of these shelf-stable meals in your desk or take for lunch — just add hot water to enjoy in minutes. Visit chefsoraya.com for more.
Good Catch Plant-based Crab Cakes
If you’re concerned about overfishing, ingesting high levels of mercury and toxins (you should be!), or allergies, you’ll love the taste and texture of this new fish-free food line made with legumes! Enjoy as is, in a salad, or get inspired on Good Catch’s website. For more information, visit goodcatchfoods.com.
Dave’s Killer Bread Organic Bagels
If your kids like sandwiches, make sure they’re power-packed with organic, whole-grain nutrition rather than empty calories. These bagels (and their breads) will give your breakfast (or lunch or dinner) that extra boost with super grains, and twelve grams of protein per serving! Visit daveskillerbread.com for more.
Bob’s Red Mill Oatmeal Cups
Ever find that you feed your kids, but forget – or don’t have time for – yourself? Stash a single-serve oatmeal cup (only one gram of sugar in this one!) in your car or bag and add hot water, stir, and breakfast is ready. A great take-along for airplane travel too! Visit bobsredmill.com for more.
Fawen Ready-to-drink soups
Organic, vegan, gluten-free soups ready to drink even without heating! Enjoy on-the-go right out of the container. Also, these are much better than energy drinks for a quick, nutritious boost! For more information, visit drinkfawen.com.
VitaClay Slow Cooker
This is a slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and yogurt maker all in one! It’s made from unglazed Zisha clay (so no plastic, chemicals, aluminum or lead touches your food!) and it preserves your food’s nutrients, enzymes, and vitamins too. Visit vitaclaychef.com for more.
The Swag Veg Storage Bags
When you have kids, it’s not always easy to make daily trips to the market. Keep your fruits and veggies fresher longer by storing them in the crisper of your fridge in these eco-friendly, machine-washable, breathable storage bags. Visit swagoz.com for more.
Fluf Lunch Bags
Where many lunch bags have toxic linings and are hard to keep clean and stink-free, Fluf lunch bags are made with certified organic cotton and a tested food-safe, water-resistant lining (free of BPA, phthalates and lead) that’s machine washable (and dries instantly). I love the zipper closure to keep everything inside, where it belongs! Visit fluf.ca for more.
Wean Green Storage containers
These tempered glass containers with colourful, silicone-sealed, clip-lock lids (no leaking!) are great for storing leftovers in the fridge, freezer, or in your pantry. Perfect for meal-prep and portion control! Visit weangreen.com for more.