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Peanut Butter and Jelly Dippers: A “Sandwich” Alternative

Do you have kids who ONLY WANT PB&J?

Peanut Butter and Jelly Dippers a fun school lunch idea via MOMables.com

Sometimes changing up a classic is all it takes to keep lunch interesting. And with something as basic as the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, it gives you the opportunity to let the “sides” take center stage!

Believe me, it’s okay to need more ideas; we all fall into a school lunch rut! For this reason, you can get more delivered to your inbox by clicking here

Isn’t it funny when kids want the same peanut butter and jelly sandwich over and over again? Funny enough, I often see it as an opportunity to introduce new treats and things with this popular lunch.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

In this lunch, I surprised them with “dippers.” Kids just love to dip! They were a huge hit! Everyone was happy, PLUS they all ate double the amount of veggies they’d normally choose at lunch time! They came back for seconds (not pictured).

They were having so much fun showing off their sandwich fingers that they sat at the table longer, and nibbled on their carrots and broccoli while watching each other.

Another fun way to encourage kids to eat their fruits and vegetables is with dip, and what better than a healthy dip that works well with both!

A yummy dip paired with fresh fruits and veggies and a fun twist on an old favorite, this lunch is full of lots of smaller, easy-to-eat foods and is perfect for short lunch periods.

MOM Tip: This fruit dip tastes great with apples, so be sure to treat them after cutting so they don’t turn brown by lunchtime with tips from MOMables!

Dip tastes amazing with strawberry yogurt instead of plain, but omit the honey, and stick to dipping fruit. Maybe celery, if you’re adventurous like me! *wink*

PBJ Dippers – Dip

This dip is perfect for fruit, sandwiches, or even veggies!

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1-2

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plain or Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon nut or seed butter
  • 1 teaspoon honey (omit if using sweetened yogurt)

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients and blend well.
  2. Serve with an assortment of dippable fruits and vegetables, such as apples, strawberries, carrots, broccoli, and celery.

 

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10 Non-Sandwich Lunch Ideas by MOMables

Need non-sandwich lunch ideas to fill your lunch box? 

10 non-sandwich lunch box ideas recipes via momables.com
 

Our Meal Plans are designed to help you add variety to your family’s lunches and meals. They include non-sandwich ideas that are made with real ingredients and quick to prepare.

To help you get out of your sandwich routine a little, we’ve put together a post with Non-Sandwich Lunch Ideas!

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Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

Not every kid loves bread or, due to dietary restrictions, can have it. Specialty gluten-free and allergy-friendly breads can get expensive! Don’t worry, we got you covered, including two delicious new MOMables recipes in this post!

Mini Pumpkin Pancakes are a fun way to rock Breakfast for Lunch! The best part about pancakes is when you make one big batch, you can freeze them so they’re ready at your fingertips for breakfast on the go or in your lunch box.

Another yummy idea are our simple Apple Wraps. Tons of flavor without the bread! They’re also low in carbohydrates making them diabetic-friendly.

My daughter loves egg salad. The MOMables recipe for Greek Yogurt Egg Salad isa kid pleaser! That recipe is available when you subscribe to our free newsletter by clicking here.

Pizza is another family hit! Our gluten- and grain-free crust recipe can be made into different fun shapes with your choice of toppings.

Another grain-free favorite? Veggie Lasagna Cups. A great way to add more veggies into lunches with tons of delicious flavor.

Speaking of veggies, have you made our Spinach Artichoke Cups yet? Turn a delicious appetizer into a fun finger food for lunch.

Berry Good Wraps for Berry Good Kids! ;) Another MOMables recipe included at the bottom of this post, it’s a delicious salad wrapped in a healthy tortilla. Yum!

There’s a reason our Homemade Chicken Nugget recipe has been pinned more than 2,000 times. It’s simple and delicious! Stop buying the unhealthy bagged ones in the freezer section, and make your own for dinners or lunches.

As fall approaches, or family gatherings, break away from the typical “leftover turkey sandwich,” and try our Easy Turkey Broccoli Quiche recipe instead. A yummy lunch box treat for kids and adults!

Change up the typical burrito by adding nutritious black beans and sweet potatoes. It’s a great way to use up leftover sides from dinner, rolled into a delicious wrap for lunch!

Berry Good Wraps

MOM Tip: Lightly dress spinach-strawberry salad right before packing, or put dressing in a side container for dipping.

  • Author: MOMables
  • Yield: Serves 1
  • Cuisine: Lunches

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream cheese
  • 1 8-inch tortilla (whole-wheat recommended)
  • Small handful baby spinach
  • 2 or 3 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 slice nitrate-free bacon, cooked and crumbled (organic recommended)
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry vinaigrette dressing

Instructions

  1. Spread the cream cheese over the tortilla.
  2. Layer the spinach and strawberries, and top with the bacon.
  3. Lightly sprinkle with the dressing.
  4. Roll tightly, and cut the wrap in half.

 

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Black Bean Mini Taco Cups

At MOMables, we are often asked about vegetarian lunch ideas. These black bean taco cups will impress even the pickiest of eaters!

black beans taco cups recipe so easy to make and they are a great lunch idea!

These Vegan Mini Black Bean Taco Cups are just one example of how a simple and delicious prep-ahead recipe can be adapted to fit your family’s needs for lunches. They even make a perfect appetizer!

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

My own family juggles gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free dietary needs. What I love about these cups is that the base is vegan, and we use gluten-free all-purpose flour to make them safe for my daughter.

You can fill these with whatever you like, depending on your diet! Guacamole, cheese, nondairy shreds, sour cream, onion, tomatoes, peppers, diced chicken, salsa—the possibilities are endless!

A fun way to get the kids involved would be to set up a toppings station, and let each one fill their own. As mentioned above, they make great appetizers and are perfect packed in lunches for bite-size taco treats. They were a huge hit with my family. It’s definitely getting added to our Football Food dish list! Yum.

Vegan Mini Black Bean Taco Cups

  • Author: MOMables
  • Yield: 24 Mini Cups
  • Category: lunch

Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained well
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Toppings/fillings of choice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Coat a 24-cup mini muffin tray with cooking spray.
  2. In a blender or food processor, pulse the beans, flour, cumin, paprika, salt, and olive oil until a soft dough forms.
  3. If the dough is too runny, add additional flour 1 tablespoon at a time.
  4. Place the dough evenly into the 24 cups. Using the back side of a spoon, form mini cups by spreading the dough up the sides of each cup.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool completely.
  6. Fill the cups evenly with the toppings of your choice. Enjoy!

Notes

Adapted from Cake Batter and Bowl

 

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10 Summer Camp MOMables Lunch Ideas and Recipes

One Simple Lunch Plan, Unlimited Kid Lunch Ideas Year Round!

momables summer camp lunches menu plan

Here at MOMables, we know lunch doesn’t end when the school year does. For many of us, we’re still packing for day care, work, and even camps.

That’s why we’ve also put together one plan that offers vegetarian, gluten-free, and nut-free options (where applicable) for your family’s dietary needs. Offering you easy lunch ideas that are simple to prepare and perfect for the entire family.

When kids are at camp during the day, they want lunches that will fuel them for their activity-filled day. MOMables has you covered! I use my MOMables menu plan regularly. Here are just some of the delicious dishes my own daughter loves and enjoys thanks to MOMables!

Get out of the PB&J rut. Use your MOMables Menu plans, and give them something great for camp!

Making mini quiches are a great non-sandwich lunch choice. Bite-size, and the filling possibilities are endless. The same goes with making a frittata, also pictured above. Not a traditional lunch item, but a way to bring variety to lunch.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

Looking for a new take on a sandwich? Try the MOMables Grilled Frenchman. Ham, Brie (or preferred cheese), and a little mayo, and grill between bread slices or toast in the toaster oven until the cheese is melty. Yummy!

You can never go wrong with bacon. I’m quite sure my daughter will eat anything if bacon is involved. ;) Save a slice or two from breakfast for lunches. Add it to make a fabulous club sandwich to kick their normal turkey sammie up a notch!

Another fun idea? Breakfast for Lunch. Another favorite in our house. Pack up some french toast, a mini dipper of syrup for dipping, add some fruit, and other breakfasty sides for a filling meal.

The very first MOMable menu item ever created was the Homemade Lunchable. Pack up some crackers and meat and cheese slices, and let the kids build their own!

We also love to serve Chicken Salad the same way. Pack up some crackers, and put the chicken salad in a silicone cup or small compartment of your EasyLunchBoxes container. Serve with fruit and vegetable of choice.

A great summer option is to make a batch of Cauliflower Crunch Salad over the weekend, and pack up the yummy leftovers for lunch during the week. I live by the MOMables philosophy “Cook Once, Eat Twice!” It really makes lunch packing so simple.

Speaking of leftovers, another fun way to use leftovers is Pizza Skewers! Take your leftover pizza slices, cut them up, and put them on picks or recycled Starbucks stir sticks.

One of my favorite non-bread sandwiches to make are Apple-wiches. We use sunflower seed spread, allergen-free granola, and raisins in the middle. Yum! We love the crunchiness. It tastes like dessert for lunch!

Lunch packing doesn’t have to be complicated. Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. MOMables is here to help all year long. For just $6 per month, we can take the stress out of your mornings and have you rockin’ the lunch box for your entire family! If you want to see a sample plan, sign up for our newsletter below.

Healthy Homemade Lunch(able) with Smoothie

Want a healthy version of the popular store-bought Lunch(able) with Smoothie? Check this out!

Healthy Homemade Lunchable with Smoothie

This lunch, like many of our school lunch ideas from our menus, allows YOU to control the ingredients of what your kids eat, while making them a nutritious and fun lunch for school.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

Several times, I’ve had fellow lunch-packing mamas complain that their kid had asked for the dreaded “L” word… you know, those boxed lunches!

In my opinion, it’s nothing but a wasteful little box full of wrappers plus highly processed ingredients, not to mention a more-expensive option than packing your own!

I definitely see the “kid” appeal in a boxed lunch though. They are full of colorful foods, and kids get to assemble the lunch!

Thanks to MOMables, I can not only stave off requests for the meat and cheese with crackers and the DIY pizza ones, but I can make them healthier, more visually appealing, and fun! MOMables Cracker Stackers and “Pizzables” are two of my go-to favorites!

It’s very empowering for kids to have all the ingredients laid out separately, where they get to pick and choose and assemble themselves. Maybe they want to eat the cheese by itself. Or build a triple-decker cracker. With a “MOMable,” they still have that sense of freedom and control, but with foods you can feel confident about.

When I questioned my kids further however, it turned out that what each kid really wanted was the smoothie they had seen hyped up in the commercial.

There are many reasons why you shouldn’t “give in” and purchase the L-box. Need a few? Overly processed ingredients, preservatives, artificial colors, cross-contamination with top 8 allergens, high in saturated fat…

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The best thing about packing your own Smoothie lunch is that you get to select the quality of the ingredients and are able to adjust for food allergies.

Setting aside my personal disgust at one of the commercials, which implies that having a home-packed lunch is something to dread, sending a smoothie in your child’s lunch is a totally doable thing.  And can be quite healthy too, if you make it yourself! Might as well turn this “You got a SMOOTHIE?!” hype to your advantage!

ready-to-grab-and-go

MOMables Turkey Cheddar Sub with SMOOTHIE Lunch

  • 1 whole grain bun, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1-2 slices cheddar cheese
  • 2-3 slices turkey deli meat (preferably uncured or no nitrates added)
  • 2-3 teaspoons mayonnaise (or condiment[s] of choice)
  • Treat (the boxed version includes two “Double Stuf” sandwich cookies)
  • 1 pre-made smoothie in reusable pouch

MOM Tips: If you freeze the smoothie pouch the night before, it can act as an ice pack in the lunch bag and keep itself cool and fresh until lunchtime!

You can use any kind of whole grain bun or roll, even a hot dog or hamburger bun. I doubt any kid is going to be too upset if it doesn’t match the one in the box exactly. “Who cares about the smoothie?! I wanted the one with the SUB BUN!” said no one, ever.

Check out our post on how to make and pack the smoothies in the reusable pouchesPouches we use: Little Green PouchYummi PouchSquishy Snak Pak, and Squooshi.

 

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