How to make a school snack tool kit

The kids are back in school and fall schedules are in full swing.  Food & Lifestyle Expert Parker Wallace discusses some must-have snacks and supplies to make sure kids – and parents – are getting an A+ in organization, as well as easy-to-make recipes the kids will love!

Kitchen/household items turned into DIY Back 2 School Organization for KIDS:

  • Silverware tray
  • Cupcake tin
  • Spice rack
    spice rack
  • Cake stand with  mason jars with supplies inside

cake stand

DIY Organization for MOM’s ON THE GO:

Transform a folding makeup bag into a MUST HAVE EMERGENCY KIT for Mom!

Pack scissors, gum, laundry spot stick, cough drops, pens, nail files, wet ones, hand sanitizer, Emergen-C/Airborne, pain reliever, baggies of trail mix, sunscreen, snacks, iced coffee….


Snack Hacks

No-Mess Mason Jars no-mess mason jars

Keep a cut up apple from turning brown!

cut apple



Parker shared some of the go-to ingredients she always keeps in her own pantry (black beans, diced tomatoes, southwest corn, green chilis, enchilada sauce) and how to create easy, inexpensive weeknight meals by simply adding a few additional ingredients to those pantry staples.



Start with Parker’s 5 must-have pantry items.

ADD: Spicy Sausage, Cheese, Sour Cream, Spices, Cilantro and Lasagna Noodles


Lasagna Noodles

1 can black beans

1 can southwest corn

¼ cup sour cream

1 can diced tomatoes

1 can green chilis

1 Tb cumin

1 Tb chipotle chili powder

2 (10 oz) cans Red Enchilada Sauce

1 roll of spicy sausage

1 (8oz) box of cream cheese

1 bag of shredded Mexican cheese

Chopped cilantro and jalapenos for garnish


Boil lasagna noodles until al dente, drain and lay out on parchment paper

Mix black beans with sour cream, chili powder and cumin.  Salt to taste. Set aside

Saute spicy sausage until cooked through.  Drain.  Put back in pan, turn to low/medium heat and add cream cheese, can of tomatoes and chilis.  Stir to combine and let cream cheese melt into sausage and tomatoes mixture.

Drain can of corn.

To assemble:

Preheat oven to 375.

Pour one can of enchilada sauce in 9 x 13 baking pan

Spread black bean mixture onto a lasagna noodle.  Then sprinkle canned corn on top.

Spread sausage/cream cheese/tomato mixture onto corn.

Carefully roll up lasagna noodle lengthwise and place roll up in pan on top of enchilada sauce.

mexican lasagna roll ups

Repeat with the rest of ingredients.

Pour 2nd can of enchilada sauce over roll ups and top with cheese.

Bake covered for 20 minutes.

Remove foil and bake 15 minutes or until cheese is golden and browned.

Garnish with fresh cilantro and chopped jalapenos.



Start with Parker’s 5 must-have pantry items.

ADD: Chicken, Red Onion, Tortillas, Spices, Cilantro and Jalapenos

mexican chicken crock pot


2 boneless breasts chicken

½ red onion diced

1 can black beans

1 can diced tomatoes

1 can southwest corn

1 can green chilis

1 can enchilada sauce

1 Tb cumin

1 Tb chili powder

1 tsp kosher salt


Put all ingredients in crock pot and cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.  Shred chicken and put into tortillas.  Top with cilantro, cheese, jalapenos and any topping of choice.


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