Tuesday Teacher Time Savers

Hey Y'all!  

Hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend and if you started back to school today, I hope your summer treated you well!

I thought it would be fun to pop-in once a week....in this case, on Tuesdays...and share some time savers with you guys.  I know how utterly hard it is to effectively juggle all the demands given the time we have, so any little tips and tricks for time management, whether at home or school, is always helpful!  This week we're talking all about time saving meals. 

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!

Hope these little time saving recipes free up more time for you to relax and enjoy your evenings!!!

If you have a time saving tip and would like to be featured, email me at thefirstgradeparade@gmail.com. I'd love to hear from you, too!


  1. These recipes sound and look delicious! I never thought of cooking eggs that way or mixing those ingredients with ravioli. Definitely looking forward to cooking a bit more.