packed lunch School Lunch Ideas For Kids In All Grades

With another year of school just around the corner, it’s time to prepare what to feed your little hair-raisers when they’re off learning their timetables, grammar and geography.  If you don’t want to act as a human ATM machine for cafeteria lunches, here are some lunch ideas to please children of all ages.

Kids aren’t the easiest people to please when it comes  to food, but below are some nutritious and creative meals that’ll put a smile on even the pickiest eater. Here are some idea starters from Kitchen Daily to prepare for the next school year.

Elementary School Kids

  • Pasta Salad: Cook short tubular pasta the night before and toss with olive oil to coat. Add chunks of cheese, snap peas and a little sweet red bell pepper (or other vegetable your child likes).
    Mini Bagels with Hummus: Cut mini bagels in half and spread with a couple of different types of hummus. Send along some string cheese, and whole grain mini pretzels.

Middle School Lunches

  • Submarine: Make a hoagie with cooked chicken sausage, sauteed peppers and onions. Send along a small container with a little oil and vinegar for drizzling.
    Turkey-Cheddar “Wraps”: Wrap thinly sliced roast turkey around Cheddar cheese sticks. Serve with a mixture of mustard and finely chopped store-bought mango chutney or apricot jam. Pack whole grain pretzels instead of bread.
    Junior High School Kids

    • Veggie Burgers: Cook veggie burgers and top with a spread made of a combo of mayo and chipotle or ancho chile powder; and sliced tomatoes, if desired.
      Chicken Nuggets: Take chicken tenders, dredge them in flour and saute until crisp, golden brown and cooked through. Pack with a few small containers of dipping sauce, such as marinara, barbecue and honey-mustard.
      Senior High School Kids

      • Fontina, Onion, and Mushroom English Muffins: Toast English muffins and brush with a cut garlic clove and a little olive oil. Top with sliced fontina cheese, sauteed onions and sauteed sliced mushrooms.
        Roasted Vegetable and Cheese Salad: Roast (or grill) an assortment of seasonal vegetables and dress with oil and vinegar. In a separate container pack slices of Manchego or Cheddar cheese and a crisp green to be tossed together at lunch time. Send along toasted pumpkin seeds to be sprinkled on top and crisp pita chips.

      See more healthy and inventive school lunches for you kids at Kitchen

      [Source: Kitchen Daily]


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