Easy Meals for Back to School
Grab and Go Breakfast
Love yogurt but not dairy? Grab a Kite Hill almond milk yogurt tube in kid-friendly flavors like strawberry banana and wild berry. The yogurts are dairy- and soy-free and contain no artificial preservatives or flavors. They can also be frozen for an afterschool snack. The Hayward company got its start crafting artisan cheeses from almond milk and now also offers several varieties of yogurt, cream cheese spreads and pastas. Available at Whole Foods. $4.99 per eight-count carton. kite-hill.com.
You can skip the drive-through and still get kid-favorite chicken nuggets on the table in a snap with Organic Chicken Fingers from Sebastopol’s Hip Chick Farms. Fully cooked and ready to serve in 12 minutes, they’re made in small batches and flash frozen from humanely raised chickens, with no antibiotics or hormones, and contain no preservatives, fillers or artificial ingredients. $7.99 per 8-ounce box. hipchickfarms.com.
Fast and Flavorful
Who says frozen can’t taste fresh? Organic food pioneer Amy’s Kitchen in Petaluma has been cooking up healthy vegetarian and vegan foods since 1987. Heat-and-serve family size meals include cheese enchiladas, Thai red curry and vegetable lasagna. The company also makes veggie burgers and meats, potpies and house-made pastas, and caters to customers with specialized diets from gluten-free to kosher. Pictured: Family Size Enchilada. $11.99. amys.com.
It’s the end of the workday and you still don’t know what’s for dinner. Pick up a handy Chef’d dinner kit from one of 100 Byte Foods refrigerated vending machines in Bay Area offices. The San Rafael company, which has fridges in more than 500 offices throughout the Bay Area stocked with fresh, healthy snack and lunch options, teamed up with Southern California-based Chef’d to help busy professionals get a home-cooked dinner on the table without any planning or shopping. $15-20 for 2-2.5 servings. bytefoods.co. chefd.com.
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