Three Special School Lunches The Kids Will Love!

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With the kids back into school, you’re probably back to packing lunches. There’s nothing wrong with a good ol’ ham sandwich, but your little scholars will certainly appreciate a treat every once in a while! We’ve got three recipes to mix into your school time menu. 

Growing up, many of us brought lunch in a brown paper bag or a tin lunch box. That’s a tradition that carries on today, and many of the foods are the exact same as when we were growing up! As great as these staples are, it is nice to put together something really unique for school lunches, too. The few we’ve gathered below are special, a little spicy, but they’re picked for a reason. First, they’re foods that can be made in bulk and should last for a few days in the fridge. Second, they’re mostly allergy-friendly for schools with no-peanut rules. Finally, they’re just not what the other parents are packing! 

Southwest Chicken Pinwheels - These are a classic appetizer, but they’re small and compact enough to be perfect in a lunch pail! We’ve been using this recipe, but we’ll stress a few important notes. 

  • Make sure the tortillas are at room temperature before you add the other ingredients. 
  • When in doubt, go with less spice unless your child loves things hot. 
  • Make a LOT! These stay fresh in the fridge for days, so you can usually serve this for more than a single day. 

Pumpkin Overnight Oats - If mornings are busy in your household, you’ll love the convenience of overnight oats. This time of year, put a seasonal twist on a family favorite with pumpkin overnight oats! This has been our favorite recipe, and we’ve done a lot of experimenting with the recipe to adapt it to different tastes. 

  • If adding nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove is too time-consuming, just get a bottle of Pumpkin Pie Spice in the baking section of your grocery store
  • Greek yogurt is better with vanilla, but since that adds a bit of a sweet flavor, you may not need too much honey or maple syrup

Pizza Pop Tarts - Oh, heck yeah! These are amazing! Kids love pulling out this puffy, flakey pizza pop tart at school. This is one that’s a total surprise and a real treat. Like any pizza, it often comes down to two things, the crust and the toppings. Getting the pastry just right on these may take a little practice, but just like the real thing; have you ever had bad pizza? 

  • Make a lot. Because this is a bit more time and labor-intensive, double the recipe and make as many as you can. These hold up extremely well in the freezer and fridge, and they reheat well. 
  • You can really change these up by swapping in not just different toppings but trying new sauces and cheeses, too. These are amazing with pesto, basil, and mozzarella. If it’s good on a pizza, it’ll be even better on these! 

What is your favorite school lunch? Let us know what your love whipping up for the kids!

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