Yep, it’s that time of year again when we think about school runs, new uniforms – and how to make our lives as easy as possible with the new routine. Welcome stores are here to help, so why not dive into the deals, giveaways and new product ranges on offer.

For a little extra help, download our free meal planner by clicking on the image below.

Welcome stores’ COOK prize giveaway

For the next two weeks, from 4th – 15th September, our fantastic suppliers at COOK have agreed to give away seven two-portion meals to one lucky winner.

COOK creates home-cooked comfort meals that are hand-prepared by chefs and then frozen – so that all you have to do to cook a delicious meal is open the freezer and choose something that will go straight in the oven.

If no fuss, no planning, no prepping and no washing up doesn’t sound like the best idea since sliced chicken and ham pie, we don’t know what does!

To enter, head to our Facebook page to find out more!

Easy lunch box hacks!

New terms feel like new beginnings, and if you’re looking for a fresher, healthier start for your little ones (or big ones!) that requires no prep or planning, then the fabulous New Forest Fruit Company has just the thing. 

New Forest Snacks are snack-sized treats made from strawberries that don’t quite make it to the punnets but instead are “pulsed” and dried so that you can pop them into lunchboxes – either for school, for the office or on the go! 

The best bit about this new product is that there is no added sugar, flavourings, or preservatives – only strawberries! Plus, the pulsed berries are high in vitamin C, gluten-free, count as one of your five a day and contain just 30 calories per bag.

Another big reason to love this new product is that the packet made from a patented triplex material which is TÜV certified, which means they are home-compostable within 26 weeks and won’t cause any plastic waste. The product is produced on the farm down the road in Beaulieu, so production creates zero food miles. 

A healthy, tasty snack that is environmentally friendly, can only be a good thing! 

More ways to make life easy

For more ideas on easy meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner, why not head to the recipes page?

Here you will find things like:

Pumpkin Muffins – great to make in batches for easy breakfast wins. Plus, you can keep the recipe handy for Halloween for your pumpkin leftovers!

Peanut chicken wraps – a little something to look forward to and a tasty lunch or dinner.

Roasted vegetable pasta salad – great for lunchboxes and for using up any leftover veg that’s in the fridge, plus, if you roast up a whole tray, you can use them across a variety of different meals.

Sausage, kale and white bean bake – ready in less than 30 minutes and a perfect winter warmer for those chilly nights ahead.

Blackberry and Plum Crumble – we couldn’t forget about dessert! There’s loads of blackberries around at this time of year, so why not take the kids out for a good forage and turn your fruity loot into a delicious blackberry and plum crumble for that yummy autumn comfort feeling.

For more ideas and meal inspo head to our recipes page.