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Back to school meals made easy – Chicken Tortilla soup & strawberry popsicles


Its almost that time… back to school time!

Those first few weeks of the kids going back to school, things can be a very busy and a little hectic!  I am going to share a few recipes, tips & tricks that help when I know we will be busy.

I love this recipe and so does our family:


Slow cooker chicken tortilla soup  (aka: MEXICAN CHICKEN VELVEETA Soup)  
This recipe will serve 8-10 people and you can prepare it in 15 minutes, before you leave the house in the morning.

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
3. cups chicken broth
1 cup milk
8 oz. VELVEETA cheese
10 oz. can of tomatoes (my husband likes the one with chilies, too)
2 cups shredded, cooked chicken
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin


FIrst, just melt the butter in a skillet and then stir in the flour.  Stir it constantly for a couple of minutes, until it is a paste-like texture.
Wisk in the milk and chicken broth (slowly).
I then take this and put it into the crock pot.
I add the rest of the ingredients and put it on LOW.
 It is ready when I get home!
Top it with some tortilla strips for a little extra kick! 

Serve it with a side salad (topped with some KRAFT Ranch dressing for the kids).

For the kids after dinner snack, we can’t go wrong with these Strawberry Popsicles!  They are so easy to make and the kids LOVE them! 

A close up of a strawberry popsicles.
2 ingredients- strawberry popsicles made with REAL strawberries!! So easy, delicious & low fat/calories!


4 Cups Fresh Strawberries
1/3 cup KOOL-AID Tropical Punch Flavor (Sugar-sweetened soft drink mix)
See the full recipe here: KRAFT products at Dollar General
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Other than making an easy dinner, here are some TIPS TO MAKE the “GOING BACK TO SCHOOL TIME” STRESS FREE:

1). Prepare for back to school lunches ahead of time.
2). Stock up before school starts.  If you need to stock up on lunchbox supplies, Dollar General has you covered…
3). Make easy lunches that the kids will love!  My kid’s favorites are the CAPRI SUN Big Pouch with a LUNCHABLES UPLOADED Lunch Combinations.   This is a special treat and they love it!   Its a win/win because it is so fast & easy for me and they think its the best lunch!

Ps- While you are out, buy some MAXWELL HOUSE coffee, which will wake you up and get you moving on these busy mornings!
You might want to try waking up 30 minutes before the kids, too.  This is hard for me.  I really have a hard time getting out of bed (so I put my alarm far enough away that I have to get out of bed to turn it off.  This makes it less likely that I will get back into bed.)   See more tips on how I get the kids ready for school in the mornings quickly and without confusion.

A variety of Kraft products on a table.


Share your best back to school tips and links to your favorite (easy) recipes below!  I can’t wait to try them!   Check out my Pinterest page: Easy dinner recipes with little prep time


Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. Those popsicles look so good! And I have been looking for a new soup recipe, this one sounds heavenly! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Yummy!! strawberry popsicles! I’m definitely gonna have to try these out not only for my kids, but for myself LOL Thanks for sharing!

  3. Those popsicles look good! I don’t buy kool-aid (my son reacts with food dyes and red is the worst) but I’ll have to try making some with some real fruit juice. yum!

  4. You had me at Velveeta! I just love that stuff. This soup sounds like a great meal for busy nights. I bet it is one of those meals that taste better the second day – if there is any left!

  5. I saw the strawberry Popsicle, scrolled down for the recipe, and the first thing I saw was Velveeta. Took me a moment to figure out it was a different recipe! Those look super yummy