Easy back-to-school recipes for yourself and family

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With the school year right around the corner, FOX8’s Shannon Smith met with Lowes Foods chief Jeff Marchesiello to talk about easy and healthy dishes to prepare for yourself and your family.

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Frittata muffins:

  • One slice of bread cut into cubes
  • 3/4 cup cut vegetables such as mushrooms, onion and yellow pepper
  • One teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup shredding cheddar cheese
  • Four large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • Cooking spray


  • Preheat oven to 325. Spray 6 muffin tins
  • Distribute diced bread in the tins
  • Cook the vegetable with oil until soft
  • In a separate bowl, combine milk, vegetables, cheese and eggs. Whisk together.
  • Pour egg mixture over bread in each pan
  • Bake until golden brown and cooked through
  • Rotate after 10 minutes to ensure even cooking
  • Once removed from the oven, gently turn them over and dump on a baking tray
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Apple sandwich:

  • Two large apples
  • 1/3 lemon
  • Two tablespoons peanut or almond butter
  • Two tablespoon honey
  • Two tablespoons lightly toasted oats, pumpkin seeds, raisins, or granola for crunch topping
  • Two toothpicks


  • Core apple with a appleĀ corer
  • Coat the apple with lemon juice to keep it from turning brown
  • Use the apple slices like bread. Top with nut butter, honey, and toppings for crunch
  • Add multiple layers of apple and repeat
  • secure with toothpicks to prevent slipping


  • Very fine slices of cucumber
  • Very fine slices of carrot
  • Finely chopped red pepper
  • Slices of deli turkey
  • hummus or low-fat cream cheese
  • Whole wheat tortilla wrap
  • Slices of deli turkey or roast beef


  • Cut tortilla in half if it's large
  • Spread hummus or low-fat cream cheese on the tortilla
  • Layer slices of turkey on top
  • Add in the cucumbers, carrots and peppers
  • When beginning to roll tortilla, spread cream cheese or hummus on top of first roll
  • Roll tightly
  • Cut the wrap into thirds

Sandwich in a pouch:

  • One whole wheat pita
  • Four slices of turkey
  • One tablespoon of cream cheese or soft cheese
  • Three slices of roasted turkey
  • Four leaves of baby spinach
  • One small cucumber - sliced


  • Cut whole wheat pita in half. Open to form two pouches
  • Spread the cheese inside of the pita
  • Place turkey, spinach and cucumber inside

Sushi sandwich:

  • One piece of whole wheat bread
  • One slice of avocado
  • Small handful of spinach
  • Small handful of shredding mozzarella
  • One to two of deli chicken or turkey breast


  • Spread the avocado as evenly as possible on the slice of bread
  • Spread out the spinach leaves
  • Add the turkey and mozzarella
  • Roll the bread lightly and cut off excess bread
  • using a sharp knife, cut the roll into 4 or 5 slices
  • Serve cold
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