Easy Back To School Lunches
As the kids head back to school, part of your weekly planning will include lunch planning. Let’s face it, public school lunches aren’t exactly recognized as fine dining, but with a little planning and meal prep, you can create healthy, tasty meals for your kids. Pulling ideas from blogs, meals you know they like, and mimicking lunches from Pawleys Island restaurants will make school lunches a breeze.
Crunchy Apple Peanut Butter Wrap
Add a bit of flare to the traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Spread your child’s favorite peanut butter over a flour (or whole wheat) tortilla and lay sliced apple piece down the center. Sprinkle on dark chocolate chips and bits of granola for added texture. Fold the tortilla like a traditional burrito to create a wrap. This filling sandwich is packed with protein, and the morsels of chocolate are an added bonus (like after dinner coffee and cake at your favorite Pawleys Island restaurant).
Pepperoni Chicken Fingers
Enjoy this easy-to-make lunch warm or cold – which makes it perfect for school lunches. It’s easy to meal prep pepperoni chicken fingers and partnering them with some pizza sauce for dipping is like creating the perfect fine dining appetizer. Slice pieces of chicken breast into 1.5-inch wide pieces and wrap in large slices of thin pepperoni. Lay the meat on your baking tray and cook for 15-20 minutes at 350°.
Fruit & Yogurt Dip
If you’re a fan of fruit salads during the summer time at restaurants in Pawleys Island, you’ll love this fruit and yogurt dip. The best part if you can customize the salad to what your kids will like. Chop up two cups of fruit – strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, and apples work well – and top the fruit with five ounces of honey Greek yogurt. Take this snack to lunch level with homemade cinnamon chip. Slice flour tortillas into small portions, line them on a cooking sheet and spray them generously with cooking spray. Sprinkle the pieces with cinnamon and sugar and bake for 15 minutes at 400°.
Broccoli, Bacon & Cheese Quesadillas
Foods that are yummy at room temperature aren’t so great for fine dining, but they make for easy school lunches. Mix together one 16-ounce bag of steamed broccoli, six slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled into pieces, and one cup of shredded cheese. As with a grilled cheese, lay the tortilla in a frying pan and scoop the broccoli mixture on top. Spread the mixture and top with another tortilla. Cook long enough for the tortilla to brown and flip to the other side. Slice the quesadilla into four pieces and pack in the school lunch the next day.
School lunches don’t have to be a dreaded process this school year. Turn your child’s lunchbox into a fine dining experience each day with our different recipes.