Back-to-School Loveable Lunch Ideas
By Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE, CEDRD and Mom
When meal prepping, be sure to include a carbohydrate, a protein, and a fat at lunch time (or any meal time) to help ensure that your child is adequately fed, evenly energized throughout the day, and without a blood sugar roller coaster. Combining macronutrients is KEY especially if you have a child who is easily distracted, acts out in class, or comes home wiped out.
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Here are some suggestions to get the first week of school off on the right foot.
Pasta/bean salad with cubed chicken sausage
Side: mandarin oranges; milk
Whole wheat quesadilla with pineapple salsa and red peppers
Side: Mango and yogurt
Lentil soup with corn muffin
Side: Carrots and pretzels with hummus; milk
Teriyaki chicken satay with edamame and sticky rice (or rice crackers)
Side: Bitsy’s Brainfood Cookies (zucchini gingerbread carrot flavor is my favorite!)
Apple and cheese sandwich (can get fancier with different types of cheese like brie or goat cheese)
Side: Olives (one for each finger) and yogurt squeezer
With Summer officially arriving tomorrow we wanted to share a recipe that’s great to serve all summer long and kid-friendly. We love this recipe for both its simplicity and its taste, plus it’s a great way to get some extra veggies onto your kids’ plates! It takes about 15 minutes to make and can easily be made with the help of your little ones. Have your little assistant/s help you with washing the tomatoes, measuring the seasonings, squeezing the lemons, and even sprinkling the parmesan cheese!
Summer Veggie Pasta Salad
Serves 4 as a side dish
- 2 cups uncooked penne
- 12 cherry tomatoes
- 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 3/8 tsp kosher salt, divided
- 1/2 tsp black pepper, divided
- 1 tbsp minced shallots
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 cup pitted black olives, halved
- 2 cups baby spinach
- Parmesan cheese, optional
- Preheat oven to 400˚F.
- Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain and set aside.
- Place tomatoes on a baking sheet pan. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil; sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Remove tomatoes from pan; let stand 10 minutes. Cut tomatoes into halves.
- Combine shallots and the next 4 ingredients (through honey) in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Gradually add remaining 3 tablespoons oil, stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir in remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
- Place pasta, tomato, olives, and spinach in a large bowl; toss. Drizzle juice mixture over pasta mixture; toss. Sprinkle with cheese if desired.
This recipe was adapted from Cooking Light.