10 Back to School Lunch Ideas

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Aug. 20, 2013

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Its Back to School time of the year again and moms everywhere are scampering hard to come up with a lunch box menu that is healthy, filling and exciting. Just to make your life a little easier we have put together a list of 10 such things that can be the star of your little ones lunch bag/box. Just throw in a cheese stick, a cracker, a fruit or some veggies along with one of these and you can remain worry free for the day.
1. Banana and Cashew Butter Sandwich: Golden caramelized roasted bananas with honey cashew butter not only taste divine but is also a great energy boosting combination for an active school going kid. Cashew butter has high protein content and when coupled with a super fruit like banana, it is the perfect thing to ensure that your child does not have to battle any midday lull.
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2. Lunch Wrap: Heres a quick and easy lunch fix for moms running against the clock in the morning. Throw in some leftover meat and fresh veggies in a whole grain tortilla, top it with some cheese and you have a filling and nutritious lunch in hand.
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3. Nutella Peanut Butter Quesadillas: If Nutella has been your life saver, this ones a keeper. Combine the goodness of peanut butter with the rich chocolaty lusciousness of Nutella in a quesadilla and you will have your child asking for more.

4. Pizza Muffins: Now who does not love pizza? Heres an easy and ingenious recipe that makes the pizza lunch box friendly. Just 4 ingredients and done in a few minutes, this one is going to be the most sought after lunch box item for sure.
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5. Apple Strudel: Heres a great make-ahead choice for moms. Homemade apple strudels with fresh seasonal apples. It is not as difficult as you may think. From concept to the plate, this one takes about 30 minutes. Bake a batch ahead and put together a delicious school lunch in the morning.
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6. Cereal Bar: Fresh fruit and oatmeal is combined together to make a homemade granola bar that is sure to become a lunch box staple for you. Energizing and healthy, this is one snack that can never go wrong.
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7. Watermelon Cupcakes: If you have a picky eater on hand, this is one recipe that is a sure winner. Watery, low-fat watermelon is cut in the shape of cupcakes and served with a yummy cream cheese frosting. Now who would not love these?
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8. Veggie Fajitas with Mushroom and Avocado: These veggie fajitas are not only quick and easy but also healthy. Feel free to substitute the mushrooms with a meat of your choice.
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9. Spinach Gnocchi: Packed with spinach and creamy ricotta, these little morsels are like soft pillows, delicate and so easy to make. You could even serve them with a sauce of your choice and a little sprinkle of Parmesan.
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10. Banana Dog Bites: For a fun twist on lunch, heres a recipe of Banana Dog Bites. Replace the wiener with a banana and use some whole grain tortillas to wrap it around. This is one recipe that will help alleviate the monotony from everyday lunch sandwiches for sure.
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So its time to get busy in the kitchen. We would also love to know about your favorite back-to-school lunches.
 
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1. Back to School Tips
2. Peanut Free School Lunch Ideas