School/Work Lunch Ideas

On this page I will share school lunch ideas. 
It happened to me numerous times when I get up too late, and they would have to buy lunch at school, but lesson learned; so most of the time I prepare at night, refrigerate and lunch is ready in the morning. If I pack something other than sandwiches, I re-heat it really well in the morning, let it cool down because of the safety or place in the thermos so they can have a nice warm meal at the lunch time. Now days most of the lunch boxes are plastic that's why I said, let the food cool down before closing the lid. 
Please, remember that children like colors, they like pretty lunch as much as tasty. Give them options, make a weekly meal planner, include them in planning. Sometimes I do make three different school lunches, but as long they are eating healthy I will continue to feed them with only nutritious homemade meals of their choice.
My kids and I hope that you will consider some of their favorite lunches that we are presenting here on this page... and enjoy eating it!!!

Q: What Box is safe for me and my child?
A: Look for the boxes that have a clear written label that they are BPA FREE just in case if they are plastic- 
BPA stands for bisphenol.  BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960's.
Seeking out BPA-free products may not always be easy to do. Some manufacturers do label their products as BPA-free, but some do not. If a product isn't labeled, keep in mind that most aluminum cans or bottles have linings that contain BPA, while steel bottles or cans do not. Polycarbonate plastic is generally hard, clear, lightweight plastic. It often has the No. 7 recycling symbol on the bottom. (source Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D.from Mayo-clinic)

Sushi Roll with Fruits and Vegetables

Ranch dressing Rotisserie chicken with Avocado Wraps
Ranch dressing Rotisserie chicken with Avocado Wraps

Kimbap lunch box

Battered baked Fish Sandwich

Turkey Wrap w/ 2% Kraft Cheddar Cheese, Smoked Turkey, Lettuce and whipped cream cheese. 1 Slice of Mozzarella, Cherry Tomatoes and Artisan Lettuce Salad {no dressing}. On the side Blueberries and Chocolate Chip Cookies. Flavored water for the beverage. 

Whole Wheat Toast Sandwich w/  Smoked Ham, 2% Kraft Cheddar Cheese, Lettuce and Olive Oil spread. Cherry Tomatoes, Blueberries, Kiwi and Swiss Roll Cake. Water for the beverage. 

Pan Fried in a bit of oil Chicken breast, Mozzarella and Fresh Spinach Kebab; 1/2 Whole Wheat Bagel with Whipped Cream Cheese; Fresh Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Sweet Pepper and Carrot strips; Strawberries. Juice Box for the Beverage.

Pan Fried in a bit of olive oil Chicken Breast with  Cheese Tortellini, and Steamed Broccoli Florets in Alfredo Sauce; Fresh Carrots and Strawberries; Fruit Yogurt and Water for the beverage. Usually I would put warm dishes in a Thermos container which is great investment because your child will eat warm lunch. Some Thermos can hold temp. up to 8 hrs. 
Fried Chicken Salad w/ Celery, Green Peppers, Artisan Lettuce, Carrots, Tomatoes. Ranch Dressing, Cheese Stick, Apple Sauce and Coconut water for the beverage. 

Fried Chicken, Naan Bread, Green Lettuce, Sweet and Sour Sauce or Ketchup, Green Pepper, Orange slices. Cheese Stick and Water for beverage. 

Light Crackers with Turkey Bologna Salami, Cheese. Fresh Organic Spinach with Tomatoes and Cesar Dressing. Milk for the drink. 

Roasted Beef Wraps with cream cheese, Spinach, shredded mozzarella, and sesame seeds.Veggies: Organic Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes and Celery w/ Ranch Dressing (fat free) for the dip. Fat Free Chocolate pudding , Cheese on Cheese Crackers and Flavored Capri-Sun Water. 

Penne Rigate (or plain macaroni) in Creamy Cheese with Boiled peas. Turkey Meatballs on the stick- on the side fresh broccoli and kiwi. Fresh Water for beverage.

Turkey Bologna-fat free, Cheddar Cheese in a Biscuit;  Boiled egg; Fresh Broccoli  Baby Carrots, Celery with Reduced Fat Ranch Dressing; Green Apple slices with Organic Peanut Butter and Honey- 1/4 cup Walnuts. Water for Beverage.

English Cucumber and Vegan Butter in White Toast; Chicken Salami; Celery, Grapes; Gold Fish and Oatmeal cookies; Strawberry Twizzlers; Dark Chocolate Almond Milk for beverage.

Tuna Fish Sandwich made with light Mayo Dressing, Celery, Pickles, Dill, Onion, Green Pepper, Carrots and Tuna in Water-Green Lettuce and White Toast; Yogurt with crackers and Fresh Blueberries; Snack Cheese and Orange Juice for Beverage. 

Pastrami Sandwich-Lettuce, Cream Cheese, Smoked Provolone Cheese; Lightly Steamed and seasoned Asparagus; Clementine and Banana; Crackers; Water for Beverage. 

Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken, Grilled Cheese Sandwich cut into small triangles, Orange, Low Fat Yogurt, Juice and Seedless Grapes.

Steamed Rice with Boiled Peas, and sauteed with vegan butter. Chicken Nuggets, Apple, and Chocolate Milk.
I usually make this the night before and just Heat in the Morning really good. Chicken Nuggets I also make night before and just put on the dry frying pan, turn few times to get them heated. 
You should most definitely always heat food before packing, however if the food is placed in the plastic, you HAVE to let it cool down completely before closing the lid just to be on the safe side for children and adults. Also you can put this is a Thermos where the food will be hot until the lunch time. 

Rice Ball with boiled eggs and rolled in Toasted Sesame seeds. Thai chicken with raw Peanuts-->stir fry: oil, peppers, onion, garlic, fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, cumin, chili powder, cilantro, Scallions, whole Peanuts.
Seedless Organic Grapes, Cauliflower, Soy sauce with sesame seeds for dip, and Water.

Basic Baked Italian Meatballs with plain Omelette--cut into strips and make a little packages with green onions. Lettuce, Cherry Tomatoes, and Red Sweet Peppers-- Blueberries and Chocolate Rice Crispy Snacks (fat free). Water for beverage. 

P.S I will try to update lunch ideas often. Also I would like to add that this could be great idea for work lunch as well. Save some money buying food from fast food chains and you can actually eat healthier because you are preparing it at home.



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