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More Back to School Lunch Ideas

IMG_4416I shared more back to school lunch ideas this morning on Fox 26 – because let’s be real – we really cannot get enough good ideas.

My kidoos go back this Monday.  Time to do a little planning so that everything goes smooth.  An important part of that planning is lunch.  Kids work really hard these days in school.  We want them to feel focused, keep their energy up and enjoy their lunch break food.  Of course, we also want easy planning. I got you. 😉

Do you like bulk planning ideas?  They make my life easier. I’ll start off with a couple of those ideas.

1 – Muffins, but not just the regular old muffins.  Today, we make Pizza Bite Muffins!

Quinoa Pizza BitesIMG_4455

Ingredients (for 24 mini muffins)

2 cups cooked Quinoa (approximately 1/2 cup uncooked)
6 Tbsp Pizza/Marinara Sauce (plus extra for dipping)
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp oregano powder
1 tsp sea salt
10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 egg (or flax seed substitute with 2 Tbsp ground flax + 6 Tbsp water)
1 cup shredded Italian blend cheese

Directions

Cook Quinoa – Rinse quinoa through a sieve till the water runs clear.
Transfer it to a small or medium sized pot and add two cups of water
and a dash of salt. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer. Simmer until
quinoa has absorbed all of the liquid and is fluffy (about 15-20 minutes).
Allow to cool.

Preheat oven to 400

Lightly spray muffin tin with olive oilIMG_4406

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl

Put a tablespoon of mixture in each muffin tin, packing tightly

Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown on edges.

Pack these guys in your lunchbox with a little pizza sauce for dipping.  Yummo!

IMG_93212 – Baked Won Tons. Again, we are using our muffin tin. Kids really like to assemble their own lunches at school.  I think that is one of the draws of the ever popular Lunchables.  You could add anything you want to the crispy shells.  One of my suggestions is to make it into a little taco salad. Pack the meat, lettuce, tomatoes, etc. separately and allow the kiddos to create their masterpiece at lunch.

Baked Won Ton Wraps

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Spray a 12-count muffin tin with olive oil.  Press a wonton wrapper into each well.  Lightly spray the tops of the wrappers with some additional olive oil.

Bake in oven for approximately 10 minutes.  Watch closely.  Remove when edges are golden brown.

IMG_44093 – Wraps. This takes the sandwich to a new level – without much more effort. Everyone gets tired of the same old sandwich.  So let’s spruce it up.  You can either remove the crust and flatten your bread with a rolling pin, use a tortilla or forgo the bread and make a deli roll.  Use your regular sandwich ingredients or think outside of the box.  Make it look like a pinwheel or sushi.  Either way, it’s a fun alternative.

4 – Sandwich on a stick. Again, adding in the fun factor.  You can create a IMG_4407kabob by cutting up your sandwich and adding fruit or veggies or you can just add the meat, cheese, lettuce and tomato creating a kabob with no bread needed.  The ideas are limitless.

Those are some of my top ideas.  What are yours?  Share with us on social media or comment below.

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