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Back to School Lunches

I don’t know who’s more excited — the kids or me — that back to school is here?!? Hahah.

For realz. Did this summer fly by for you as quickly as it did for us?

While I’m super excited to get back into the routine of life, I will miss late night impromptu swim parties, hosting weekday bbq’s and randomly getting in the car to take a drive.

But, have no fear for the back to school blues, if you’re actually having them. lol ;)

I’m hooking you up with 13 QUICK IDEAS FOR BACK TO SCHOOL LUNCHES

My oldest started second grade and my middle is finally starting preschool – woohoo! – so I’ve been making double lunches in my Planetboxes we picked up last year. 

Yes, I know they’re expensive but I’m so totally over plastic bags and those janky plastic containers that have god-only-knows what ingredients in them.

PS – No, I’m not an affiliate of Planetbox, we just use them in our house and love them.

It’s the small part my house does to reduce our plastic usage and save the world. ;)

Here’s my top 13 easy Back to School Lunches ::

  1. Flatbread Pizzas (seen here) with veggies and fruit — Simply top a flat bread “naan” or gluten free bread with tomato sauce, shredded carrots, chopped spinach and a bit of cheese. Bake for 10 minutes. Boom. Done.
  2. Tuna Sandwiches served with carrots, trail mix and apples — Mix tuna with some organic mayo (or make your own), chopped pickles, bell peppers and spinach and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Serve on your favorite bread, grain-free bread, wrap or in a large lettuce leaf.
  3. Breakfast for Lunch – Sausage, pancakes, fruits and veggies — Make extra organic pancakes and store them in the freezer. Warm them gently in the morning, top with butter and a little pure maple syrup and wrap in foil to keep them warm. Serve with your favorite organic sausage. Silva’s and True Story are good choices.
  4. Steak Fajita Tacos with apples, carrots, nuts and dried fruit — Perfect way to use up leftovers. Shred last nights beef and place on a corn tortilla. Serve with cheese, lettuce and tomatoes.
  5. Slow Cooker Chili with chips, cheese, tomatoes and grapes — Warm chili gently the morning of and serve with some corn chips, cheese and tomatoes to let the kids make their own chili bar.
  6. Ham and Cheese Sandwiches — Layer organic Ham and Cheese (we like True Story/Applegate ham and Kerrygold cheese) on a piece of bread with a little butter on the outside. Grill for a few minutes just to melt the cheese.
  7. Salad Bar with leftover slow cooker beef, lettuce, avocado, carrots and cheese — Got leftover protein? Make a quick salad bar by placing beef, shredded lettuce, grated carrots, cheese and chopped tomatoes with a side of their favorite dressing. Then, they can layer everything at school.
  8. Marinara and ?? — Leftover marinara is the bomb the next day and makes for a ridiculously easy lunch. Stir together warmed sauce with leftover noodles (rice, grain, grain-free, zoodles), on top of meatballs or on spaghetti tacos and serve in a thermos to keep warm.
  9. Hot Dogs with fruits and veggies — Grill up an extra hot dog, slice and place in your lunch box with a side of ketchup or mustard. Serve with some extra fruits and veggies for a perfect grain-free lunch. We like Applegate dogs.
  10. Ham, Spinach and Cheese Rollups — Lay a piece of ham down on a cutting board and top with a thin slice of cheese and a couple leaves of spinach. Roll it up like a cigar to make a fun, easy lunch for your kiddo. Serve with lots of fruits and veggies and maybe some trail mix for added healthy fats.
  11. Antipasto Bar — Grab some salami, cheese, bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and olives and place individually in your kiddos lunch. Kids love finger foods and this is one that’s super simple and tastes great.
  12. Baked Fish and Salad — Make my baked fish and serve leftovers with a side of ketchup, some leftover rice and a few fruits and veggies. Toss a cookie in there for good measure.
  13. Mac n’ Cheese — I’m not too good for a great box of organic mac n cheese (Annie’s) every once in a while for those ridiculous nights where I haven’t prepped anything or something funky is up in our house — extra meetings, sick kids, etc. What do I do to “veggie” up that box? Toss in fresh broccoli into the boiling water (with the noodles) the last 3-4 minutes and drain as usual. Genius right? You can also use green beans, cauliflower or asparagus. What to do with the leftovers? Warm in the morning and top with extra cheese. Yum.

Phew! I hope that gives you some new inspiration for making lunches and eating lots of fruits and veggies COOL. And cheers to NOT packing processed artificial junk a part of your kids diet. I know grabbing Uncrustables, Cheez-its, sports drinks and Oreo’s are easy and it does take a few extra minutes to actually make a homemade lunch but it’s so worth it. Your kids (and the environment) will thank you. #rockstarmama

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