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The Best School Lunches

Turkey and cheese roll up

It’s that time of year again in the South. School starts back for several districts today. Although I obviously love to cook, I have to admit that I could do without making school lunches everyday. However, I love my kids too much to make them eat the food at their particular school. It should surprise no one that my kids don’t often bring a PB&J or plain ham and cheese sandwiches. I try to mix it up and make it fun. I asked my kids what they thought the best schools lunches were that I make. Here is the list from a 12 and 13 year old…

Turkey Roll Ups – These have become so popular that I often make two roll ups for each kid. One for them and one to share with their friends!

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Submarine Sandwiches – I usually just put meat, cheese, lettuce and olives directly on the sandwich. I pack sliced tomatoes and pickles separately so they don’t make the bread too soggy. Probably overkill, but hey…I don’t like soggy bread so why would I serve that to my kids?

Carnitas

Pasta Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

Pasta (with butter or marinara) 

Soup 

Chicken Cesar Salad – Pack the dressing separately and let your child add it when it’s time to eat. 

Peanut Butter Sandwich – When I pack this, the kids know one of 3 things: 1) I need to go to the store 2) I’m exhausted 3) I just need a break from packing lunch

Leftovers from Dinner – Over the past 2 years, this has become a favorite. I usually know in advance if the kids will want leftovers in their lunch so I just make a bit more. Win-Win for everyone!

TIME SAVING TIPS:

  • On Sundays, portion out snack bags of chips/pantry items for the week to save time on busy mornings.
  • The night before, put cut fruit in plastic containers and other cold items in appropriate bags or containers (meats, dressings, veggies, etc).
  • Leave a small space in your refrigerator to put all lunch items the night before so you don’t have to scramble in the morning looking for what you need.
  • If you want real convenience, you can buy individual packs of ranch dressing, peanut butter and petite dill pickles.

 

School lunches

Turkey and cheese roll up

What to pack for school lunches….Yes, it’s that time of year already! Kids are headed back to school. Some kids buy their lunches at school, others bring it everyday. If you are like most moms, coming up with new and fresh ideas to keep your kids from getting bored of “the same old thing” can be a bit tough. Well, look no further. If you rotate these dishes in every once in a while, don’t be surprised if you get calls from your kids’ friends’ parents asking what exactly it is you are packing in the lunches because they are such a hit and the talk of the lunch table!

Turkey Roll Ups

Turkey and cheese roll up

BBQ Chicken Sandwich

Peanut Butter (and Jelly) Sandwich

Meat and cheese rolls – Place a piece of cheese on top of a slice of deli meat and roll!

Pasta (in marinara, or butter and cheese)

Parsley Spaghetti – Make this the night before and serve the leftovers for lunch.

Spaghetti with parsley and garlic

Pasta Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

Carnitas – Typically, I will make carnitas for dinner and then use the leftovers for lunches the next day. I portion all of the side items into bags, as well as tortillas. The kids LOVE them! 

Grilled Chicken Ceasar Salad

Cut veggies and ranch dip

Apples and peanut butter

More leftovers from dinner – If you make something for dinner that your child loves, why not make a bit extra so you can put it in lunch the next day? All you need is a good thermos!

Soup –  If you child eats soup, there is no reason why you can’t pack it in their lunch. You can make it ahead of time and then just zap it in the microwave or heat it on the stove before pouring it into the thermos.

TIME SAVING TIPS:

  • On Sundays, portion out snack bags of chips/pantry items for the week to save time on busy mornings.
  • The night before, put cut fruit in plastic containers and other cold items in appropriate bags or containers (meats, dressings, veggies, etc).
  • Leave a small space in your refrigerator to put all lunch items the night before so you don’t have to scramble in the morning looking for what you need.
  • If you want real convenience, you can buy individual packs of ranch dressing, peanut butter and petite dill pickles.