Back-to-School Savings: Cheap and Healthy Lunch Ideas
These nutritious lunch ideas will supply your little one with the energy he needs to get through the school day, but won't leave you strapped for cash.
Cheap and Tasty Lunches
Back to school most likely means your child will be brown-bagging it during lunch time. Making your child a healthy meal to take to school doesn't need to be expensive. These nutritious lunch ideas will supply your little one with the energy he needs to get through the day, but won't leave you strapped for cash. If your child's school is peanut- and nut-free, check out these nut-free lunches and nut-free snack ideas.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Wraps
This take on an old standby is the epitome of a low-priced and tasty meal. Pick up these four ingredients at the grocery store and you've got a week's worth of lunches, just like that! Just make sure your child's school doesn't have any food allergy policies before you send him off to school with this tasty lunch.
Take a break from the typical sandwich and pack your child some tasty tuna for lunch. Cheese, celery, and a little mayo are all add-ins that can make this meal extraordinarily pleasing. Even better, it's easy to make with simple, low-priced ingredients.
Sick of sandwiches? Make a big batch of delicious pasta salad for your child to take to school. Fresh veggies and tangy dressing make this dish extra flavorful, and with several servings' worth of inexpensive ingredients, it's wallet-friendly, too.
Cream Cheese and Peanut Sandwiches
These creamy sandwiches are super easy to make, and your child will think she is getting a special treat. With only four ingredients, this cheap and tasty lunch idea will fill up your little student, but won't leave a hole in your wallet.
An easy way to add a yummy punch of protein to your child's meal is with egg salad. This versatile lunch idea is delicious as a sandwich or as a salad topper. A single batch can go a long way, too -- make a big bowl Sunday night, and voila! You've got a nutritious lunch that will last all week long.
Homemade Chicken Nuggets
If your child loves chicken nuggets, make his school lunch extra special with a cheaper, homemade version. Warm or cold, this simple recipe can be served up solo or as the perfect complement to some leafy greens.
This chickpea spread can be served with pita bread or is delicious on a sandwich topped with fresh veggies. Just five ingredients are all it takes to make a lunch so scrumptious, your child will have no idea it's healthy.