Teacher Week - Make Ahead Meals

Happy Tuesday, y'all!  Welcome back for the 2nd day of Teacher Week presented to you by my dear friends at Blog Hoppin'....

Today's post is all about FOOD!  My FAVORITE subject :)  

I know how important it is for teachers to have access to quick and easy meals.  The last thing I want to do at the end of an exhausting day is come home, cook an elaborate meal, and clean the aftermath.  Inevitably my kitchen always looks like a war zone when it's all said and done.  Thanks, but no thanks.  I LOVE quick and easy.  I love making food that will last me several days.  I chose some of my most favorite fast and easy meals to share with you today.  I think you'll LOVE them!  You can find these, and a ton more, on my domestic blog - Pearls, Handcuffs, & Happy Hour.  

Let's start with breakfast.  The most important meal of the day.  

This is one of my go-to morning meals.  Grab & Go Egg Muffins.  These are great to prep on a Sunday, bake, and refrigerate.  The recipes makes a dozen and can be reheated in the morning and eaten for breakfast.  I LOVE these!  You can really add any ingredients you like.  This is just what I prefer in mine.  It's like an omelet muffin!!  YUM!

While we're on the subject of breakfast, I'd be remiss not to include this amazingly delicious pumpkin bread!  Since it's September and closer to Fall, I had to share.  If you're making this, grab about 3 disposable loaf pans because this recipe makes a ton.  You can freeze the extra loaves and pull them out when you're ready for them.  This makes a great breakfast...or dessert :)  I also love giving the extra loaves to teachers or co-workers!!  Great little surprise gift :)

Now let's move on to dinner. I wanted to give y'all a few of our favorites that are SUPER simple to prep and cook.  A must for the teachers of the world!

First up, let's talk ravioli.  Do you like it?!  I LOVE it.  And this Fiesta Ravioli recipe couldn't be any easier.  You can use the refrigerated cheese or beef ravioli.  I prefer the cheese.  You could also use the cheese and pair it with cooked ground beef, but that's just another step I don't have time for, so I cook it just as is.  This takes about 15 minutes start to finish and tastes amazing!  Always a hit and great to make for company, too!!  

Here's a little something for your slow cooker.  Baja Pork Tacos.  YUM.  As you can see, the ingredient list is minimal and you can toss it all in your crock pot and come home to the most amazing smell and delectable flavors when you walk through your door.  This is my husband's favorite.  I like to eat this in corn tortillas filled with pico de gallo and avocado.  I'll also shred the pork and place it on top of a bed of romaine lettuce and sprinkle with Bolthouse Creamy Avocado Dressing.  Makes great leftovers and perfect take-me-to-school lunches :)

Last but not least, I'll leave you with some soup.  Spinach Tomato Tortellini Soup to be exact.   This is definitely one of the easiest soup recipes in my arsenal. One of the tastiest, too.  I love soup recipes because they always make a ton and are fabulous for leftovers.  I could eat soup everyday of the week...especially in the cooler months ahead.  And pair that with my favorite carb (pasta)?!?!  Heaven in a bowl :)

If you want more meal ideas, head on over to my blog Pearls, Handcuffs, & Happy Hour to see what's in my kitchen!

And for today's Teacher Week Deal of the Day, my two favorite beginning of the year theme packets are ONLY $5...but just until midnight :)  I will be updating the blog this weekend with my lesson plans for these two resources and snapshots of how they're incorporated in my instruction, so stay tuned!!!

Don't forget to join in the fun today. I'm always looking for new recipes and would love a few more to add to my collection!!!  Link up with Blog Hoppin' so we can see what you have cookin'.  
And join us tomorrow for Classroom Reveals!!!!!  WOO HOO!


  1. Oh my goodness! These look delcious - ALL of them! Thanks for sharing :)

    Mindful Rambles

  2. Ok so I just finished eating some Whataburger and those Grab and Go Egg Muffins look yummy!! Now I sound like a HOG right now. LOL So thankful that you shared these friend! Looks I need to follow this other FAB blog of yours.


    1. I miss seeing your posts, Tiffany!!!! And I really want some Whataburger right now, LOL!!!

  3. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread?!? Now I can't stop thinking about it :) Thanks for all the delicious recipes, Jen

  4. Thank you for the great recipes! I'm always looking for quick things to fix for supper because there is NEVER enough time in the day. Thanks again!