With summer quickly coming to a close, your kiddos will be heading off to school in no time. This year, say goodbye to that sandwich and chips, and pack your kids a lunchtime surprise that will make them clean their Bento Box. Healthy lunch ideas don't have to be boring. In fact, these back-to-school lunches will knock their socks off:
Mini Cheeseburger Pies
Photo Credit: Your Homebased Mom
If your little one loves cheeseburgers, try making this healthier version for lunch, from Your Homebased Mom.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup Original Bisquick mix
- 2 eggs
- Preheat your own to 375-degrees Fahrenheit.
- Grease a muffin tin and set it aside.
- Brown the ground beef with the chopped onion. Drain off the excess fat.
- Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, shredded cheddar cheese, and garlic salt.
- Stir together the milk, Bisquick mix, and eggs. Whisk until completely combined.
- Fill each muffin cup half full with the Bisquick mixture, then top with 1/4 cup of the ground beef mixture.
- Top each muffin cup with an additional tablespoon of Bisquick mixture.
- Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until golden brown.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi
Photo Credit: The Kitchen Wife
The Kitchen Wife puts a twist on the standard PB and J sandwich with these Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi rolls.
- 1 slice whole wheat bread
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 tablespoonjam
- 1 strawberry, sliced
- Cut the crust off of a slice of whole wheat bread.
- Using a rolling pin, flatten the slice of bread slightly.
- Spread the peanut butter over the flattened slice of bread, followed by the jam.
- Arrange sliced strawberries over half of the bread.
- Roll up the bread jellyroll style, then slice it horizontally into four pieces.
Homemade Pizza Rolls
Photo Credit: What Lisa Cooks
Your kids will beg for these Homemade Pizza Rolls, courtesy of What Lisa Cooks.
- 1 package refrigerated crescent roll dough
- 3 tablespoons pizza sauce
- 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Preheat your oven to 350-degrees Fahrenheit.
- Roll out the crescent roll dough into a 1/4-inch-thick rectangle.
- Spread the pizza sauce over the dough in a thin, even layer.
- Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese over the pizza sauce.
- Roll up the dough jellyroll style, then slice it horizontally into 1/2-inch slices.
- Arrange on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes until golden.
Photo Credit: 3 Boys and a Dog
It's a taco buffet for lunch with 3 Boys and a Dog's Taco Bento.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 packet taco seasoning mix
- Cheddar cheese, shredded
- Lettuce, shredded
- Tomatoes, chopped
- Tortilla chips
- Brown the ground beef and stir in the taco seasoning mix.
- Fill a silicone cupcake container with 1/2-cup of the seasoned ground beef.
- Fill three more cupcake containers with shredded cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, and chopped tomatoes.
- Fill a small food storage container with tortilla chips, then arrange the containers inside your child's Bento Box for lunch.
Mini Chicken Pot Pies
Photo Credit: Easy Toddler Meals
Nothing will warm your child's spirit at school like these Mini Chicken Pot Pies from Easy Toddler Meals.
- 1 cup cooked chicken, chopped
- 3/4 cup cream of chicken condensed soup
- 1 package crescent roll dough
- 1/2 cup frozen vegetables, thawed
- Preheat your oven to 400-degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine the cooked chicken, cream of chicken condensed soup, vegetables, and salt and pepper to taste.
- Roll out the crescent roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness.
- Cut out circles from the dough using a 3-inch cookie cutter.
- Grease a muffin tin, then form a dough circle into each muffin cup.
- Spoon the chicken mixture into each cup.
- Using a glass or cookie cutter, carve out circles of crescent dough.
- Grease a muffin tin with cooking spray and carefully place dough in each circle.
- Add chicken mixture into each circle, then top with strips cut from the leftover dough.
- Bake for 20 minutes until golden.
Tortilla Pinwheel Lollipops
Photo Credit: Home Cooking Memories
Home Cooking Memories making healthy eating a little sweeter with these Tortilla Pinwheel Lollipops.
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 ounce ranch dip mix
- 6 soft taco-sized tortillas
- 9 ounces lunch meat
- 8 ounces cheese, thinly sliced
- Combine the cream cheese and ranch dip mix. Stir until completely combined.
- Spread a thin layer of the cream cheese mixture over a soft taco-sized tortilla.
- Arrange a few slices of lunch meat over the cream cheese mixture, followed by a few slices of thinly sliced cheese.
- Roll up the tortilla jellyroll style, then wrap the entire roll in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Slice the roll into 1 1/2-inch-thick pinwheel slices, then insert a lollipop stick into each pinwheel.
Photo Credit: MOMables
En Garde! MOMables make lunchtime fun with these Meatloaf Swords.
- 1 cup carrots, finely chopped
- 1/2 zucchini, chopped
- 1/2 cup spinach, finely chopped
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
- 2 eggs
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 3 tablespoons barbecue sauce
- Small flexible skewer
- Cheddar cheese, cubed
- Preheat your oven to 325-degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine the zucchini, spinach, onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, black pepper, ground turkey, and eggs. Stir well.
- Press the ground turkey mixture into a 10-inch loaf pan.
- Combine the tomato sauce and barbecue sauce, then spread it over the ground turkey mixture.
- Bake for around 1 hour, then cool for 20 minutes.
- Remove the meatloaf from the pan, then slice off two 1-inch-thick slices.
- Cut the slices into 1-inch cubes, then slide the cubes on to a small flexible skewer, alternating them with cubes of cheddar cheese.
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