12 Lunch Recipes to Inspire You

12 Lunch Recipes to Inspire You - pictured is a Chicken Caesar Lettuce Wrap on a Plate, Pizza Pasta Salad in a Bowl, BBQ Chicken & Veggie Pasta Salad in a Bowl, and Meat, Cheese and Veggie Kabobs on toothpicks

August is usually Back to School time for us. While this year is going to look a little different, some things don’t change. I’ll still be packing my lunchbox and going to work, although maybe a little less frequently than in the past. And the kids will still need to be fed lunch – not at a school cafeteria this year but at home in our kitchen. 

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Best Recipes of 2019

Today I’m looking back on 2019 – some of your favorite recipes that I’ve posted. This is always a fun post to write. I enjoy looking back on what I shared over the year, delight in seeing some of my personal favorites among my most popular posts as well as a few surprises, recipes that I enjoyed (of course I enjoyed them, otherwise I wouldn’t have shared them!) but that I didn’t realize how much you enjoyed them as well! 

Books n' Cooks Best Recipes of 2019

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Halloween & Fall Recipes

It’s time for another edition of the monthly recipe round-up! This is such a fun (and cooler!) time of year – apple picking, leaves changing colors, Halloween, and all the yummy and fun food that occurs when this month rolls around. For October our group of bloggers is sharing Halloween and fall recipes including a lot of really fun ideas for serving up Halloween meals and treats.

Pumpkin Quinoa Granola from Books n’ Cooks
Pumpkin Molasses Bread from Crafty Cooking Mama
Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal from Savory Moments
 ~Drinks, Snacks, & Sides~


Cinnamon Cider Champagne Cocktail from The Saucy Southerner
Shrunken Head Punch from Kate’s Recipe Box
Spider Web Taco Dip from Palatable Pastime
Rustic Tomato Lentil Soup from Girl Gone Mom
Spicy Cheddar Cheese Ball Pumpkin from The Saucy Southerner
 ~Main Meals~
15-Minute Ravioli with Pumpkin Cream Sauce from Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
Mummy Meatballs from Cheese Curd in Paradise
Taco Pumpkins from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Meaty Bat Wing Pasta from Cheese Curd in Paradise
 ~Desserts & Treats~


Halloween Sprinkle Cauldron Cupcakes from Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
Candy Corn Popcorn Balls from Crafty Cooking Mama
Spider Web Brownie Pizza from Palatable Pastime 
Mummy Brownies from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Halloween Muddy Buddies from Kate’s Recipe Box
Ultimate Oreo Caramel Apples from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Milky Way Melted Ghost Cookies from Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice 
Soft & Fluffy Apple Cake from Crafty Cooking Mama
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Recipes for Back to School

While I’ve enjoyed summer, I’m ready for it to be over. I am looking forward to the routine that back to school brings. The daylight is already getting noticeably shorter, and I can’t wait for cool fall weather, with our windows thrown open wide. I’m excited for late summer and early fall fruits and vegetables (apple picking! fall squash!).

September means that back to school time is in full swing! So, for those of you with children or who work in the education field, quick breakfasts, make-ahead dishes, lunchbox ideas, and easy weeknight dinners are all especially important. This month I’ve got a great round-up of recipes for back to school time! Back to school varies a lot throughout the country, but once September comes it seems to be that everyone is headed back. I hope you find some recipe inspiration here as you plan out your meal ideas for the month. Don’t forget to check back on the last day of each month to see the monthly recipe round-up!

Sausage, Egg, & Cheese Breakfast Bake from Crafty Cooking Mama
Apple & Cinnamon Overnight Oats from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Oat & Jam Breakfast Squares from Savory Moments
Western Omelet Breakfast Sandwich from Palatable Pastime 
Breakfast-on-the-Go Muffins from Blogghetti 
Blueberry & Almond Granola from The Saucy Southerner
Overnight Make-Ahead Coffee Cake from Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice 
 ~Lunches & Dinners~
Instant Pot Shredded Chicken from Cheese Curd in Paradise
Baked Chicken Fajitas from Kate’s Recipe Box
Spicy Shrimp & Zucchini Lo Mein from Books n’ Cooks
Weeknight Rice Pilaf with Peas & Chives from Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
Turkey & Summer Vegetable Soup from Savory Moments
7-Layer Dip Cups from Palatable Pastime 
Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti Casserole from Cheese Curd in Paradise
~Snacks & Desserts~
Chewy Granola Bars from Kate’s Recipe Box 
Whole Wheat Banana Bread from Books n’ Cooks
Five Ingredient Nutella Cookies from The Saucy Southerner
Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies from Jolene’s Recipe Journal 
Apple Crisp Bread from Pies and Plots 


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