Welcome to the inaugural post of my weekly School Lunch Box Menu Plan. Where I live school starts in August. I know many places start after Labor Day (lucky you) so some of you may think it’s far too early to start thinking about back to school. But, really, it’s not. If you send your child to school with a homemade lunch every day, by mid year you are probably running out of ideas. You and your child are more than likely bored with the choices and there’s still half a year left. The idea behind my new weekly School Lunch Box Menu Plan is to give you and your child lots and lots of options for everything from snacks to sandwiches to soups (for cooler weather) and sweets. I plan to post the weekly ideas over the weekend so you can shop and plan. As more and more weeks are added there will be more opportunity to mix and match. The plan is a minimum of 5 recipes a week. My hope is to offer variety for all tastes but also include at least one sweet treat, maybe more. Most of all I want to share recipes kids will actually eat. Be sure to subscribe to emails so you don’t miss one weekly post.
Chicken and egg salad sandwiches from The Fit Blog are a not only a versatile option but delicious too. You can make it on the weekend and either pack it for lunch on Monday or wait a day or two. It will keep in the fridge a couple of days which I’m sure will also allow the flavors to meld. I’d serve this between two slices of bread, in a hoagie roll, as a lettuce or tortilla wrap or add a few Club crackers and use it as a dip. If your child is not a fan of curry, you could substitute another spice or leave it out all together.
In all my years of making lunches for my boys, I’ve found that if the food was fun, they would eat it. This leads to my two next features. The first is crunchy tuna roll bites from Grumpy’s Honeybunch. What’s so fun about this is, not only is it rolled, but the recipe actually includes a Pringles product. If you’re kids love Pringles, like many I know do, this will surely be a hit. I probably don’t have to mention to put a few of the crisps in a separate container or baggie to enjoy with the wrap.
The next fun feature is for fruit and comes from my blog. I can’t even begin to tell you what a hit these lunch box kabobs are with both of my boys. The beautiful thing about these fruit skewers is the fruit combinations are endless AND the kids can help make them as well. Not only did my kids love them, their friends thought they were pretty cool too. These are easily made a few days in advance making them ready to pack in the lunch box.
The Savory Tooth has a tortellini pasta salad with Italian dressing that’s sure to be a filling lunch. Really, tortellini is another fun food. They are a fun pasta shape and filled with cheese. What’s not to like. This pasta salad is served cold but that’s OK because it is does not have a mayonnaise based dressing. I would still pack it in a thermos to keep it chilled.
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a lunch box staple for many kids. To be totally honest, I was never a PB&J fan but I did love just a peanut butter sandwich. I think I had one just about every day in my childhood lunch box. It was funny when, a few years ago, I reconnected with my childhood best friend on Facebook. One of the first things she asked me was if I still ate peanut butter sandwiches with out the crust. I do! But I leave the crust on now. Because PB&J’s are near and dear to many I love this cookie from Jolene’s Recipe Journal for peanut butter and jelly cookies. Tuck one or two into the lunch box for a sweet treat.