1. Crunchy lunch
2. Mediterranean feast
Pair crackers or pita wedges with hummus and a Greek yogurt dip such as tzatziki. Add carrot sticks and sliced red peppers for extra dipping. This meal works best with a bento-style lunch box or a few small containers.
3. Banana pinwheels
If you have pita or tortillas on hand, roll up this simple lunch idea. Spread the flat bread with a no-nut butter, such as sunflower, pea or soy butter. Add a banana, roll and slice into sushi-size rounds.
4. Easy kebabs
Thread bite-sized items onto blunt-edged bamboo skewers or wooden ice-pop sticks. You can try things like cubed cheese, leftover chicken, deli turkey, cherry tomatoes or cucumber slices. Or, try fruit kebabs with cut up apple, banana, melon and grapes.
5. Breakfast for lunch
Use up leftover pancakes, French toast, waffles or scrambled eggs from weekend brunch. They can be served cold or heated and put in a food jar. Include a side of cut-up fruit and some vanilla Greek yogurt—just don’t forget the spoon.
6. Leftovers for the win
Kids are often thrilled to see last night’s chicken and rice in their lunch box. Other dinner ideas that can be reheated and served in a food jar include spaghetti and meatballs, chicken noodle soup, stir-fry, curry, rice and beans, and macaroni and cheese.
7. Pasta salad
Take leftover rotini or macaroni and toss it with cooked veggies like carrots and peas. Add some protein with chickpeas, edamame or cubed chicken breast. Season with olive oil, salt and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast for a vegan version.)
8. Pizza lunch
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