One of the most common New Year's resolutions is of course to eat healthier (it's certainly one of mine, especially after all that holiday eating, yikes!). Now that school has started back, that makes me think of how I can give my son some healthier lunches as well, but ones that he will actually eat (he's an extremely picky eater). So here is some lunch inspiration for you!
You can pack a lot of different foods your child likes in our Bento Lunch Boxes, and the foods will stay separated, yet contained.
Laptop Lunches (the makers of Bento Lunchboxes) have some awesome lunch ideas on their website and I have picked out a week's worth of their winter lunch ideas for you (with some minor changes)! If there is something on the menu that your child won't eat, just swap it for something else. For instance, my son won't eat any vegetables other than raw carrots. So for now, carrots it is! The instructions assume you are packing your lunch in a Bento box, but of course you can pack them in any containers you already have!
#1 Comforting Bento
~ Macaroni and Cheese
~ Tomato Soup
~ Steamed Cauliflower
~ Sliced Bosc Pear
Preparation NotesPrepare macaroni and cheese, let cool and put in your large unlidded container. Prepare tomato soup, let cool, put in your large lidded container and sprinkle with minced parsley. Steam cauliflower for one of your medium containers. Slice a bosc pear for your other medium container.
#2 Breakfast for Lunch
~ Whole Grain Blueberry Pancakes
~ Orange Slices
~ Granola with Dried Apricots (you can make your own granola if you are concerned about sugar content)
Prepare the pancakes using your favorite recipe or simply pack your breakfast leftovers. Add some yogurt. Slice an orange. Spoon some granola into a medium container and add some dried apricots.
#3 For the Love of Spaghetti
~ Whole Grain Spaghetti with Marinara
~ Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese
~ Whole Wheat Bread
~ Cashews and Dried Cranberries
Line your large container with spinach and top with spaghetti, marinara, and thinly sliced mozzarella slices.
Fill your dip container with Parmesan cheese and place in your other large container along with a slice of whole wheat bread.
Fill one of your medium containers with a mixture of dried cranberries and cashews.
Put a small apple into your other medium container.
#4 Crunch and Munch
~ Bagel Chips and Whole Wheat Pita
~ Cheddar Cheese Slices
~ Plum Tomatoes and Sugar Snap Peas (or carrots and carrots in our house...)
~ Your child's favorite dip (spinach or hummus if you are lucky - cucumber dressing if you're my child)
~ Green Grapes
Fill muffin liner or small container with cheddar cheese slices and place in one of your large containers. Add some bagel chips and whole wheat pita slices to fill up the container.
Fill your other large container with plum tomatoes and sugar snap peas.
Fill your medium lidded container with dip.
Fill your medium unlidded container with green grapes.
#5 Easy Pizza Bento
~ Pizza Muffins
~ Parmesan Cheese
~ Steamed Kale with Mixed Seeds (if your child actually eats kale. please let me know how you got them to! I'm using carrots here. Sigh)
~ Persimmon or peach wedges
Top a whole grain English muffin with marinara and sliced swiss cheese. Bake at 350 degrees until the cheese has melted. Let cool before putting into your extra large container.
Fill your dip container with parmesan cheese and store in your extra large container with your pizza.
Steam kale. Once cool, mix in sesame, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds. Put your Kale salad into one of your medium containers.
Cut a persimmon or peach into wedges and put into your other medium container.