The ideal school lunch, for both parents and kids, requires the following 5 elements. The lunch should be:
- Easy to Prepare
- Easy to Pack
- Visually Pleasing
- Tastes Good
- Provides a Little Variety
Gone are days where a turkey sandwich on Wonder Bread is going to keep the inspiration flowing for parents and children alike. The school year is too long, and the options are many!
Here are 5 of our Savor Our Solutions team’s top picks for the snazziest school lunches that will impress their classmates and make you the weekday hero:
Pop these cupcake mold pizzas in the oven the night before, and your little learners will be the talk of the cafeteria.
Simply combine refrigerated pizza dough, pizza sauce, shredded cheese, and optional toppings like pepperoni into the cupcake pan. Preheat to 425 degrees, bake for 10-15 minutes, wait for them to cool, and pop them out and store. Pack with fruit, water or juice, and some pretzels for a unique and balanced lunch!
Continuing with the mini, easy-to-eat theme are our mini tacos, which fit perfectly in a kid-friendly bento box. Use the varied container slots to house taco meat, cheese, mini tortillas, and toppings. Leave a space for a treat like grapes or cut apples.
Some kids prefer hot lunches. For this warm, inviting Asian-style recipe, all you need is a thermos. To create this recipe, scramble eggs, then add cooked white or brown rice, edamame, and seasonings. Extra Bonus: Make a batch of eggs for breakfast and use the leftovers for this nourishing, savory meal.
We’re making lunch in seconds with these ham, cheese, and apple wraps—it’s like a sandwich, only without the bread and with a little fruity twist!
Stack your child’s favorite slice of thick cheese with apple and wrap in deli ham. Pack in a bento box with fruit and wheat thins, pretzels, or crackers.
This is definitely not the burrito that your kids are used to. Spread peanut butter on a toasted whole-wheat wrap (or choose a gluten free option), and sprinkle over the peanut butter crumbled, fresh bacon, honey, and sliced bananas. A mini milk jug goes great with this one!
Do you need more back to school recipe ideas, including after-school snacks and easy dinners? We’re sure you do! Not to fret- visit our Back to School Pinterest page and grab our best tips!