Around these parts (read that in your best Texas drawl), most kids have completed over a month of school. Shoes are less shiny, pencil erasers have already been worn down, and the excitement of “back to school” is a fading memory. We’ve all started to enter the daily routine of ordinary life.
I’ve always found it a bit odd that there are a plethora of “School Lunch Ideas” posts and articles in August and then very little mention of school lunches for the rest of the school year. The thing about lunch is that it comes every. stinking. day. One does not simply pack lunches in August (read that in your best Sean Bean a la Lord of the Rings voice).
Here is a week of sandwich-less school lunch ideas that are doable even as back-to-school enthusiasm fades. Nothing too fancy in the lineup, as I’m often one who packs lunches while making dinner (and, like most, simultaneously supervising homework, refereeing arguments, and putting in a load of laundry). These five lunches are a good mix of healthy fats, protein, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Cubed turkey + cheese cubes + crackers + grapes + veggies
Peanut butter dip (see recipe below) + pretzels + apples + carrots
Caprese pasta salad (see recipe below) + grapes
(using the New Wave Enviro lunch system from this post)
Boiled egg + mini muffins + fruit
Yogurt + frozen fruit + granola + almonds
Peanut Butter Dip
- 1 c. peanut butter
- 1/2 c. cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 c. honey
- Milk (as needed)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Blend peanut butter, cream cheese, honey, and vanilla together until creamy.
- Add milk as needed to reach desired consistency.
- Keep refrigerated.
Caprese Pasta Salad
- 2 c. cooked pasta
- 1 c. sliced cherry tomatoes
- 3/4 c. sliced cucumbers
- 1 c. cubed mozzarella
- 1/4 c. sliced basil (more or less to taste)
- 3 Tbsp. EVOO
- Salt and pepper
- Mix all ingredients and season to taste.