Now that back to school season is here, it’s time to start thinking about back to school lunches. My kids take their lunch to school almost everyday during the school year and it can be hard to keep school lunches creative. Very quickly we find ourselves in the sandwich rut.
If you want to keep back to school lunches fresh and avoid the sandwich trap, look at these 6 simple school lunch ideas that don’t include sandwiches. You will find that creative back to school lunches can be quite fun, fresh, and even healthy.
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1. Stuffed Pita Pockets/Tortilla Wraps/Lettuce Wraps
You can stuff pita pockets or wraps with all sorts of fillings. Try chicken salad, turkey, sliced chicken strips, bacon and tomato, hummus, sliced veggies, and all sorts of other fillers. These also make for a great grab and go lunch, and the options you can stuff them with are endless. You can even do a peanut butter and jelly tortilla wrap or peanut butter and bananas!
2. Walking Nachos/Tacos
You can create a healthier version of walking nachos or tacos when you use baked chicken or ground turkey, a bag of baked corn chips and include sides such as low fat shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, diced tomato, and a side of guacamole. Don’t forget to add a fork!
3. Fruit or vegetable pizzas
Ditch the bread and try some fruit or vegetable pizza. For the vegetable pizza, cut a variety of vegetables, pack a whole wheat pita and the pizza sauce on the side with a spoon for spreading it on. For the fruit pizza, use a whole wheat tortilla, cream cheese spread and lots of fruit. You can even include a side of yogurt or ranch for dipping. These pizzas are fun to make, fun to eat, and so much better than a sandwich.
4. Fruit Parfaits
My kids love fruit parfaits! Just pack vanilla yogurt, fruit, and granola for a healthy lunch! Include string cheese, pretzels, and veggies with ranch dressing as a side.
5. Soup or Stews
Invest in a nice thermos so you can send your kids off with some yummy warm goodness. Kids love thermos lunches! Soups and stews are the perfect addition when served with a side salad on cold winter days. Give them a hearty and filling lunch. Don’t forget the crackers!
6. Build your own salad
You have endless salad options when it comes to back to school lunches. Include some fresh lettuce and add some toppings on the side so kids can build their own. Consider traditional chef salad ingredients, try some southwest flair with some corn and avocado, chicken strips and diced tomatoes, or you can even do something Asian inspired with mandarin oranges and crunchy noodles.
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Do you have any creative back to school lunch ideas or meal planning strategies? If so, please comment below!