Back to school time is here and that means trying to make sure everyone (including yourself) leaves the house with a lunch that is healthy and delicious. That might seem like a tall order, but with a little bit of preparation and some conversations with your children about the importance of not wasting food, you may find your meals a frontrunner in the “best lunch ever” category!
Easy Lunch Box Ideas
Here are ten easy to make veggie-centric lunch ideas that are certain to keep kids of all ages happy:
- Top a toasted whole-grain English muffin or bagel with a dollop of pizza sauce a few thinly sliced veggies (such as mushrooms, peppers, and onions) and a slice of cheese.
- Cover a corn or whole grain tortilla with yummy fillings such as salsa, black beans, avocado and veggies and roll it up into a burrito.
- Kid-friendly salads that feature pasta spirals with grape tomatoes, cucumbers, and red, yellow or orange peppers.
- Hard-shell tacos with pinto beans, brown rice, and veggies.
- When cold weather hits, vegetarian chili in a thermos with a baked potato.
- Mini pitas stuffed with hummus or falafel, and veggies like romaine lettuce or spinach, tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers.
- Make veggie kebabs with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, and tofu cubes with a favorite dip on the side.
- Hard breadsticks are perfect with dipping sauces like salsa, hummus, guacamole or refried beans.
- Bean quesadillas with sweet potatoes, broccoli or spinach, and cheese.
- Chilled rice noodles with peas, peppers, and a sesame dressing.
The best thing about all these lunch suggestions is that they can also provide a healthy and delicious meal for the adults in the family as well!
4 “Grownup” Lunch Box Ideas
Making several identical lunches takes less time and cuts back on your grocery costs. However, we all know that sometimes kids like to eat the same exact lunch day after day, so if you’ve grown tired of mini-pita with hummus or veggie pizza bagels, here are a few “grown-up” ideas that use many pantry staples and veggies you’ll already have on hand.
These are all quick to make, healthy and filling, and can easily be transported to work.
Chickpea Spinach Salad
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Chickpeas are used to make hummus, but they’re also delicious on their own. High in fiber and protein, they are essential for a healthy and a strong digestive system. We’re huge fans of chickpeas here at Tommy’s Superfoods!
Mexican Breakfast Burritos
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These burritos can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for a quick meal at any time. Simply put in the microwave for a quick reheat. They’re delicious for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a snack, and would be even tastier with a scoop of our Fiesta Quinoa inside!
Lentil Quinoa Salad with Spinach and Citrus
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This delicious salad is protein packed, and another great way to mix things up with our Fiesta Quinoa. The vitamin C in the clementines helps your body absorb all that healthy iron in the lentils and spinach.
Tri-colored Pasta Salad
Get the recipe on Veganosity
You can easily swap traditional pasta for a gluten-free variety here and then pile on the kale, spinach, and cherry tomatoes. This recipe’s white wine vinegar and lemon dressing can also be modified to fit your taste. Add some spice and quick, easy flavor by tossing in our Super Greens or Organic Super Greens after you’ve cooked and chilled them.
Ready to start cookin’?
Here at Tommy’s our wholesome, super tasty frozen vegetable blends are not only good to eat, but they’re good for you too!
Whether you’re serving them as a side at dinner, using them as an ingredient in a recipe, or letting them take center stage in a container for lunch, everyone is sure to agree that Tommy’s Superfoods is far from ordinary. Pick up a few packages of Tommy’s Superfoods the next time you’re at the grocery store, and you’ll find yourself looking forward to lunch every day of the week!