30 of the Best Lunches For the Rest of the School Year

30 of the Best Lunches For the Rest of the School Year

This is it! The final push to the end of the school year. The moment when we’re tired of school projects, friendship triangles and, the biggest soul-sucker, school lunches. It’s why we put together the ultimate guide to school lunches that will help you get to the end of the school year without any tears. (Am I the only one who has a little cry packing lunches?) We’re so dedicated to strategies that make a difference in your life, we organized all our most delicious mid-day meals into easy categories that can help you manage your time. And don’t think for a minute that we forgot about the fact you have to eat as well. Below is a link to our Food Network digital series, Love Your Lunch, that will make everyone else’s lunch in the office feel lame. (No seriously, we have a steak, chimichurri and grilled cheese sandwich in there that we dream about eating every day.)

Ok, ready?! Let’s do this……

Make Ahead – We love make ahead dishes that can come together easily and quickly on the weekend. To be honest, putting a teeny bit of time aside on a Sunday to crank out one of theses recipes is the difference between a Wednesday morning meltdown and a second, leisurely-enjoyed coffee. Swear.

  • Turkey, Broccoli and Cheddar Pastry Rolls

Sandwiches – Sometimes all they want is the humble sandwich. We always recommend prepping and/or packing all the other elements in the lunch the night before and, then, make the sandwich in the morning to avoid soggy bread. Although if you’re make a salad sandwich, like tuna, definitely whip that baby up the night before too. In the morning, swaddle the sandwich in plastic wrap to keep it together and protect it from the juices or debris from other lunch components–that lunch bag is a dangerous place!

  • Avocado and Cream Cheese Sandwich

Dinners that Become Lunches – These are our favorite lunches and one of the lifesaving strategies we use during the school year. Creating a dinner that yields enough leftovers so you have lunch ready for the next day is one of the best ways to maximize your time in the kitchen.

  • Creamy Pea Tagliatelle

Thermos Stars – Don’t underestimate the heartiness of soups, stews or anything else you can send to school in a thermos. A few little sides and you’ve got an easy noon time meal at your figure tips, especially if you make  it on the weekend or use dinner leftovers.

  • Chickpea and Spinach Stew

Breakfast for Lunch – We are firm believers that breakfast dishes are great any time of day. All of these recipes require you to double up a recipe on the weekend (come on, we know you’re making waffles for everyone!) that can be used all week long.

  • Margherita Pizza Waffle

For EVEN MORE lunch inspiration for kids AND parents, check out our digital series LOVE YOUR LUNCH on Food Network Canada HERE.  You can find these Mac and Cheese Muffins in our Muffin Tin Your Lunch episode.

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