Healthy Back-to-School Recipes That Take 30 Minutes or Less | Working Mother

Healthy Back-to-School Recipes That Take 30 Minutes or Less

Good food doesn't have to take up all your time.

Back-to-school season brings excitement for kids but stress for working moms. Between shuttling children to activities and catering to a job, there is little thought or time left for cooking. Plus, no one wants to eat the same thing over and over—but who has time for any innovation? Luckily, blogger, cookbook author, food photographer and recipe developer Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest has done all the hard work for us. Below you'll find 10 of her delicious and healthy recipes, which all take 30 minutes or less, for your whole family to enjoy.

Homemade Instant Oatmeal

Homemade Instant Oatmeal

You can make it five ways.

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Oatmeal just got an overdue update, with versions like Cherry Almond Cream and Cranberry Pumpkin Spice that will entice the whole family. Store them in jars, and when it's time for breakfast, microwave the jars for 30 seconds to 1 minute, and then serve. See the full recipe.

PB&J Streusel Muffins

Peanut Butter and Jelly Streusel Muffins

PB&J like you've never seen before.

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This crumbly classic gets a makeover with protein-rich peanut butter and sweet fruit jelly. Give them to your kids on busy mornings when they need to eat breakfast on-the-go. See the full recipe.

6-Ingredient No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies

6 Ingredient No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies

All you need are salted cashews, dates, coconut oil, vanilla extract, oats and chocolate chips.

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These treats taste doughier, softer and chewier than your average chocolate chip cookie, but are just as yummy. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt for added flavor dimension. See the full recipe.

2-Minute Green Smoothie

2-Minute Green Smoothie

A smart way to get your kids to eat spinach.

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You can create the mix for this recipe up to three months ahead—just store the ingredients in a plastic bag and place it in the freezer. When it's time to serve, add the mix and some milk to the blender. See the full recipe.

Chipotle Black Bean, Brown Rice and Mango Quesadillas

Chipotle Black Bean, Brown Rice, and Mango Quesadillas

Cheesy, spicy, sweet ... What's not to love?

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Trade your chicken quesadilla for a refreshing mango and black bean one! Even better, many of the ingredients for this recipe are probably already in your pantry. See the full recipe.

Skillet Lemon Chicken and Tomatoes

Skillet Lemon Pepper Chicken and Garden Veggies With Feta and Basil

To finish, top with feta cheese and a handful of herbs.

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Serve this dish with toasted bread to soak up the white wine sauce. See the full recipe.

Grilled Vegetable and Cheese Quesadilla

Grilled Vegetable and Cheese Quesidilla

There's also a recipe for a side of mango salsa.

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You don't have to stick to the vegetables used in this recipe. Add in whatever is convenient. Anything with melted cheese is a win in our book. See the full recipe.

No-Guilt Broccoli Fettuccine Alfredo

No-Guilt Broccoli Fettuccine Alfredo

There's a secret to the sauce.

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Hummus pumps life and flavor into this cream-free pasta. See the full recipe.

Greek Orzo Stuffed Red Peppers with Lemony Basil Tomatoes

Greek Orzo Stuffed Red Peppers With Lemony Basil Tomatoes

This recipe is straightforward and simple.

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These baked red peppers can hold an entire main course, and you can stuff them with whatever your heart desires. See the full recipe.

Simplest Zucchini Parmesan Pasta

Simplest Zucchini Parmesan Pasta

The recipe also shares the key for cooking the star vegetable: waiting until it's deep golden and caramelized.

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Caramelized zucchini, fresh basil and parmesan cheese are the essence of this pasta. Bonus: there's absolutely no need for cream. See the full recipe.

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