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  • Writer's pictureMai Le

5 School Lunch Ideas

Now that we've been back to school for a few weeks and getting back into the routine for the school year. I wanted to share some really great school lunch ideas that I found on pinterest that have been really successful. Before I start I want to share that school lunches are the hardest parts for me and especially having a picky eater to make lunch for makes it even worse. I don't know if it's just my little girl or what but she has a thing about the texture of foods, so it's too soft, mushy or just a different texture than what she's use to she will not eat it. All the recipe I'll be sharing, she ate it all. Literally she'd come home from school and her lunch bag would be empty, it's the greatest feeling when I open her lunch bag and know that she'd eaten everything.

1. DIY yogurt parfait and lunchables mason jars

I know all you mamas out there have probably seen these great mason jar hacks to pack lunches and to keep foods separate. This particular lunch is amazing for my little girl besides having a weird thing about texture in foods, she also doesn't like her food touching, seriously I don't know how I have such picky eaters, I'm the most easy going person when it comes to food so having two kids that are so picky kinda throws me off. But to continue with this particular lunch hack, its seriously so easy, if you have all those leftover containers from the fruit jars, you should save them and use them for these mason jar lunches. For the lunchables version, I usually get those whole wheat ritz crackers and place it into the mason jar and in the plastic container I usually cut up either turkey breast or chicken pieces cut up with some mozzarella cheese. Having all the foods separate and my little ca build herself, she quite enjoys its.

2. Mini chicken pot pie muffins

This literally is so easy and it has only 4 ingredients (half a pack of frozen veggies, some cooked chicken--I like chicken thighs for this recipe because it keeps the chicken pot pie moist), cream of chicken soup and Pillsbury biscuit mix. Preheat oven to 375 F. Mix all the frozen veggies, chicen and cream of chicken in a pot. As the mixture is heating up, grease muffin pan and start rolling out the pillsbury biscuit mix. Once the dough is rolled out, press the biscuit dough into the mini muffin pans. Pour the chicken and veggie mix into each muffin round about 3/4 way up. Place the muffin pan into the oven and cook for 25 minutes or until the biscuit dough is golden brown.

3. Mini hot dog cornbread muffins

Okay if you thought the previous recipe was easy. This one's even easier. All you need if a pre-made cornbread mix and mini hotdogs. Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease mini muffin pan and leave aside. Cut up half a pack of hot dogs into mini bite size. Mix the cornbread mix according to the box. Once the cornbread mix is all combined pour the mixture into the mini muffin pan about 3/4 way up the muffin pan. And proceed to place the mini hot dogs into each muffin round. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the cornbread looks golden brown.

4. Mini Pizza crescent rolls

This recipe calls for pepperroni or any kind of cold cut meat you'd like to use, a pack of mozzerella string cheese and Pillsbury crescent roll dough. Start by preheating oven to 375 F. Grease a cookie sheet and set aside. Cut up the string cheese in half, cut up pepperoni into bite size pieces and start rolling out crescent dough mixture. When the dough is rolled out. Follow along the prevcut lines in the dough, you should have little triangle shapes of dough, place the bite size pepperoni slices and half of the mozzerella cheese into the dough and roll it up like you would normally with the crescent roll dough. Bake the crescent rolls for about 20 minutes or until the crescent roll dough is golden brown. If you like you can also brush the cooked pizza crescent rolls with butter and sprinkle on parmesan cheese and oregano.

5. Mini chicken crescent rolls

Another variation of the pizza crescent rolls, but instead of the pepperoni and mozzerella cheese. I mix store bought roasted chicken (that I shredded), cream cheese and parmesan cheese and place onto the cut up crescent dough triangles and roll them up. I follow the exact same steps as the recipe above, preheating oven to 375 F and baking for about 20-25 minutes or until the crescent roll is golden brown.

Lastly, I wanted to share this great find on pinterest such an easy recipe for pizza lovers. Using naan cut and it into a smaller size for your child. Place mozzerella cheese (or your child's favourite) on top with other toppings your child would like and bake for 15 minutes at 375 F or until the cheese on top is golden. Another great recipe is cutting up the mozzerella string cheese (the one for kids) and cut them up into bite sizes. Roll the cut up string cheese into bite size pieces and coat them with flour and than an egg mix and lastly with bread crumbs and fry at medium high heat until the bread crumbs are golden brown. You can serve the mozzerella bites with ketcheup or any sauce you child would like.

And here's a great fruit kabab inspiration to put into you kiddos lunch bag. For some reason when I cut up the fruit and place them on skewers like this or into individual silicone butterfly muffin moulds, my little girl eats it all up.

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