We’ve gathered up a few fun and easy ideas for back-to-school lunch ideas to share with you . . . and they are all great ideas even if you aren’t looking specifically for “back-to-school” ideas. Any ol’ lunchtime would be a good time for these ideas, especially if you are on-the-go as most of us are these days. We would love to hear from YOU and share your favorite autumn recipes with us here at RUBY magazine and community! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your recipes and we will include them in an upcoming issue of RUBY magazine and feature them here on the RUBY blog.
Actually I’ve made apples with peanut butter and granola on them for my kids for a lot of years, but I never occurred to me that I could make them into little sandwiches to put in their lunch boxes. The way I always did it was just to mix up the peanut butter and granola in a little dish and spread it on apples slices. Works just fine that way, but kind of messy to try to send in a lunch box. This is definitely going to be one at the top of my school lunch ideas list!
Chicken Salad and Crackers in a Mason Jar
Well, what do you know? I’ve seen little packages of chicken or tuna salad and crackers all put together nice and tidy at the grocery story, but I’m not going to pay to have someone else put stuff in containers. I didn’t know that those empty plastic fruit cups (OK so I actually will pay to have someone put stuff in little containers after all) fit perfectly on top of a small Mason jar. I have saved a few of those plastic cups and we already have a few small Mason jars, so I’m going to try this idea, too.
Cute! I’m thinking my girls would be delighted to find something like this in their lunch boxes this school year. They probably would even make them (so I can do something else!) and we could have them ready to pop into the lunch box in the morning.
Those Mason jars are really versatile! My girls love taco salad (and chicken Caesar salad, too, which would work in a jar as well), but it always seems so messy to try to pack a salad for lunch. This way we could have all of the ingredients in the fridge, and layer it in the jar in the morning. Chips on the side so they don’t get all mushy, add a bit of sour cream and you’re good to go. On the list!
My girls really do love mac ‘n cheese but sending it for lunch can be challenging. These cute little mac ‘n cheese bites, however, could be made ahead and popped in the freezer – perfect to drop into a Ziploc bag and toss into the lunch box. Now that’s my idea of lunch!
And since we are in the reorganization process here in our house, this looks like a great idea, too. Right now everything is in complete chaos from moving everything from one room to another so we can paint, but we are making progress on getting rid of accumulated junk, painting the walls and the insides of closets, and rearranging lots of stuff to create an uncluttered, light, and open feel to all of our rooms.
All of that takes time, and money, and energy, all of which we have in limited supply. So we are doing a little bit at a time, as we are able, but in the meantime there are lots of unfinished projects just waiting for our time, money, and energy to get them finished. I hope to have a few pictures of our living room painting project by next week, but for now, I’m going to focus on the positives and make plans for an organized kitchen so that as soon as school starts, we’ll be ready with the lunches. Looking for great breakfast ideas, too, so let me know your favorites!
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