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Make the grade with easy back-to-school recipes

Posted: August 10, 2010 3:48 p.m.
Updated: August 11, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Happy face cupcakes: Kids of all ages will delight in these funny-faced cupcakes. You can even enlist your little ones to help decorate them.

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As families launch into back-to-school routines, moms are thinking ahead to get organized for the busy school year – and seeking easy, affordable mealtime solutions. Make magnificent family meals this back-to-school season with fresh mealtime ideas courtesy of Ziploc® Brand, the food and home storage solutions families trust, and Taste of Home, the world’s No. 1 cooking magazine.

The pair is scoring an A+ with the “Back-to-School Menu Plan” online recipe guide, which provides families with fun, hassle-free and budget-friendly recipes and tips.

The guide features more than 20 breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack ideas that will help moms tackle meal planning and stay organized while getting their families back into the school routine.

“These recipes (Chicken Tortilla Roll-Ups, Motoring Munchies, Happy Face Cupcakes) are great, creative meal solutions that will save moms time and money and—most importantly—please even the pickiest eaters in the family,” said Catherine Cassidy, editor in chief of Taste of Home magazine.

Check out more family-favorite recipes from Ziploc® and Taste of Home at

Chicken tortilla roll-ups
6 servings
If you are on the run, you won’t have to take along a fork and knife to enjoy these tasty, hearty roll-ups.
—Darlene Brenden
    SALEM, Oregon

3/4    cup sour cream
6    spinach tortillas or flour tortillas of your choice (8 inches)
11⁄2    cups ready-to-use grilled chicken breast strips or cubed cooked turkey
1    cup (4 ounces) finely shredded cheddar cheese
1    cup shredded lettuce
1/2    cup chopped ripe olives
1/2    cup chunky salsa

Spread 2 tablespoons sour cream over each tortilla. Top with chicken, cheese, lettuce, olives and salsa. Roll up each tortilla tightly; wrap in plastic wrap or store in a covered container. Refrigerate until serving.
Tip: Ziploc® Brand Small Square Containers are great for carrying lunch on the go!

Motoring munchies
3 quarts
Packed with peanuts, dried fruit and other goodies, handfuls of this sweet snack will make kids happy on long car rides as well as at school!
 —Nancy Schlinger

1    package (18 ounces) granola without raisins
1    can (12 ounces) salted peanuts
1    package (15 ounces) raisins
1    package (14 ounces) milk chocolate M&M’s
1    package (14 ounces) peanut M&M’s
2    packages (7 ounces each) mixed dried fruit

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients.
Store in a Ziploc® Brand Slider Gallon Bag.

Happy face cupcakes

2 dozen
Kids of all ages will delight in these funny-faced cupcakes. You can even enlist your little ones to help decorate them.
— Taste of Home Test Kitchen

1    package (18-1/4 ounces) yellow cake mix
1    can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting assorted candies of your choice.

Prepare and bake cake according to package directions for cupcakes.
Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Frost cupcakes.
Decorate with assorted candy to create smiley faces.
Tip: To keep Happy Face Cupcakes fresh, moist and delicious, store them in Ziploc® Brand Containers.


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