Back to School



Health-ified Pizza Lunchboxables with Tempeh Pepperoni

It’s time to head back to school! It’s these coming months of the year that parents weigh their bouts of relief to have a quiet house against ironically feeling sad there won’t be loud afternoons with messes to clean up constantly. Oh, the bittersweetness as we enjoy the last days of summer and get ready to plan for the return to school.

Now whether we want to or not, we have to accept that it’s time to start preparing for what our young ones will be taking along in their lunchboxes when it’s time to send them off.

Typically it’s a hassle to think about all of the planning involved, and finding new ideas that stray away from the ordinary sandwich and yogurt pack seem unattainable. If your kids won’t eat boring foods at home, they certainly won’t eat them at school. What kind of fun options are there that will make them too cool for school and you a winner in their eyes? Check out these recipes:

Cheesy Lunchbox Poppers

Basically, this is one of the easiest and quickest lunchbox filler you can find. It’s a pastry recipe with 6 simple ingredients and practically takes no time. You can make these poppers ahead of time to enjoy all week. It’s the perfect snack addition to make any lunchbox pop. (We love puns, btw!)

Fruit Roll Ups

What kid doesn’t love the fight of tearing away the sugary, sticky goodness from the plastic of a Fruit Roll Up wrapper? There’s actually a much healthier version of these that are made with real fruits and honey for the right amount of sticky and chewy (with no annoying wrapper constraint). This recipe does require some time, though. About 6-8 hours of low heat in the oven is what you need, but the prep time is just a few minutes. Don’t rush this recipe and enjoy it!

Corn Dog Muffins

Dont be thrown off by the name. Muffins and corn dogs together may not sound appealing at first, but this is a neat combination and is always a hit. It’s essentially just a stick-less corn dog that’s shaped like a muffin. Make a batch and freeze them for later and don’t forget the ketchup.

Cookie Dough Hummus Lunchables

If you’re looking for a healthier lunch kit option than what the typical grocery store has to offer, try this cookie dough hummus. It’s packed with protein from the chickpeas but fun enough to make any kid smile and want more. Plus you can package it to make it look super cute! Serve in reusable mason jars (simply rinse out baby food jars, etc.) and add some fruit or graham crackers on the side for dipping.

Planning back to school meals doesn’t have to be stressful. And it doesn’t have to be hard or boring, either. Find recipes you can make ahead and don’t forget about simple ideas like soups that can be stored in a Thermos.

Here’s a collection with some other recipes to help you prepare. Don’t forget to share if you have great ideas of your own!

Happy planning!