Even if you intend to prep and pack lunch kits every night before bed, we all know that a wrench often gets thrown into the best-laid plans. That’s why it’s so important to have a few easy back-to-school lunch ideas at your fingertips.
When life gets in the way, you can whip up healthy, delicious kids lunches for school in a few minutes flat. These quick-and-easy lunch recipes were created by DIY and food expert Monique Taylor-Yee Shui (A.K.A. @bymeaux on Instagram!) and given the stamp of approval by her two adorable daughters, Sydney and Savannah. The best part? Each meal takes only 10 minutes to pull together—perfect for when time is of the essence.
Ready in: 7 minutes
Why we love it: With just four ingredients wrapped up into bite-sized morsels, this easy school lunch will keep fingers (and T-shirts) mess-free.
How to prep: Spread a thin layer of cream cheese on each tortilla. Add a layer of spinach (sneak as much in as your kids will tolerate!) and a few pieces of deli meat (we used turkey slices). Roll everything up and cut the wrap into one- or two-inch portions with a sharp knife.
Ready in: 3 minutes
Why we love it: There’s no cooking or post-prep clean-up required for this lunch! Your kiddos will do all the assembly work when they’re on lunch break.
How to prep: Gather all of your pizza ingredients and put each one in a separate lunch container—cheese in one plastic tub, naan rounds in another. A bento box lunch kit works well for keeping items from mixing. Be sure to pack spoons so your little ones can easily spread the pizza sauce!
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3Nut-Free Pesto Pasta
Ready in: 8 minutes
- Olive oil (1/2 cup)
- Spinach (4 cups)
- Basil (2 cups)
- Shredded parmesan cheese (1/4 cup)
- Garlic (3 cloves)
- Shredded asiago cheese (1/4 cup)
- Lemon zest (1/2 tsp)
- Fresh lemon juice (2 tbsp)
- Salt (3/4 tsp) and pepper (1/2 tsp)
- Option: Chicken or chickpeas
Why we love it: If you’re looking for back-to-school lunch ideas that keep their fresh taste in a thermos, this pasta dish has you covered! Plus, we love the way the cheese disguises the spinach taste.
How to prep: Add your ingredients into a food processor or blender, then blend for about 30 seconds. In a medium bowl, combine a few spoonfuls of the pesto with freshly boiled and drained pasta. To pump up the protein, add pre-cooked chicken or rinsed chickpeas to your dish.
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