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Easy Back to School Lunches
My girls start back to school in just over one week, and I am doing my best to get things prepared and back on schedule before the school routine starts again! One of the biggest things that I tend to relax on in the summertime is meal planning. We do a lot of casual meals and dining out, because our schedule is a little more flexible.
During the school months, I like to have a plan. Between homework and after school activities, if I don’t have a plan, we will be in the drive thru line way more than I care to think about!
Because we just finished shopping for school supplies and clothes yesterday, now I can focus my attention on meal planning. If you have school aged children then you know – it’s not just dinner that you have to think about! Easy back to school breakfasts, lunches and snacks also need some thought and consideration, and I know that I am always trying to balance fast with healthy.
Today I want to talk mostly about fast and easy lunches. One thing that I do to save time on our hectic mornings is to prep as much as I can the night before. Fruit can be washed, dried and placed in baggies. Pre-packaged snacks can be placed in lunch boxes (I line them up on our kitchen counter) or grouped together in the fridge. Water bottles can be filled and refrigerated.
Our mornings go so much smoother when I have a few things prepped the night before!
While my girls are busy eating a great high protein breakfast likeJimmy Dean® Croissant Sausage Egg Cheese, I can quickly throw together a fun sandwich or wrap.Jimmy Dean® Croissant Sausage Egg Cheese are made from real ingredients – eggs, sausage, and cheese, and I can have them on the table in 3 minutes! I have even been known to serve them up for dinner in a pinch.
Other quick and easy breakfast favorites are fruit, yogurt, cheese, peanut butter, toast and/or muffins – (we always try to pair a protein with a carb), and I like options that my girls can grab on their own while I’m finishing up lunches.
My girls do not have Food Network palates, so we like to keep our lunch packing simple! Both of my kids like turkey, so I like to pick up Hillshire Farm® Naturals Slow Roasted Turkey at Meijer. I try to limit processed food to a degree, and Hillshire Farm® Naturals is an all natural lunchmeat that I find myself coming back to again and again when shopping. It tastes great, and I can find uses for it at every meal.
I find Hillshire Farm® Naturals at my local Meijer with the other pre-packaged lunchmeat:
As I mentioned, due to my girl’s tastes, I keep their wraps super simple. For them, It’s typical to just have cheese and meat on their wrap. In addition to buying high quality lunchmeat, I do try to purchase the highest protein, lowest carb wrap that I can find – usually whole grain.
For my husband and I, I get a little more creative. I like to use various veggies, bacon slices or crumbles, and some sort of mayo, mustard, or dressing to help bind the wrap when rolling.
See below for a super simple recipe that I use for my wraps!
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What are some of your favorite fast and easy back to school lunch ideas?
- High Protein/Low Carb Tortillas
- Hillshire Farm® Naturals- Slow Roasted Turkey - 8 oz
- Provolone Cheese Slices (or cheese of choice)
- Tomato (sliced thin)
- Condiments of Choice (Mayo, Mustard, Dressing etc...)
- Lay tortillas out flat on a cutting board or solid surface.
- Spread each tortilla with a THIN layer of mayo, mustard or dressing.
- Place the lunchmeat on top of your condiment of choice in a thin layer.
- Top lunchmeat with one or two slices of cheese - spreading it as thin as possible.
- Top this with veggies of choice.
- Start at one end of tortilla and roll, wrapping as tightly as you can. Once the tortilla is wrapped, place it seam side down on a cutting board and using a sharp knife, slice it as desired (pinwheels, in half etc...)