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Ham and Cheese Apple Wraps

Ham, cheese, apple wraps…oh my! Who knew that these three classic ingredients would make such a delicious combination and are perfect for packing in the lunchbox or as a healthy snack!

Ham Cheese Apple Wraps - MOMables.com

We love simple recipe ideas like this one for school lunches. They help add variety to any lunchbox, just like in our school lunch plans.

As you can see from the video, making this delicious snack box or school lunch is easy!

The lunchboxes we used in the video are EasyLunchboxes and if you are looking to add a new lunchbox to your packing routine, check out our Top 5 Lunchboxes we recommend.

These ham, cheese, and apple wraps are the perfect lunchbox builder. They are gluten-free, grain-free and full of protein.

To make this lunch more substantial, add a boiled egg for additional protein, whole-grain crackers, additional veggies and dip… and you are set!

I know you are going to love the tart and juicy sweetness of the apples with the savory cheese and ham combination.

So what do you think? Are you a fan of the ham, cheese, and apple combination? I know we are!

Ham & Cheese Apple Wraps

  • Author: MOMables
  • Cuisine: Lunch

Ingredients

  • Apple slices
  • Deli ham (thinly sliced)
  • Cheddar cheese, thickly sliced and cut into triangles

Instructions

  1. Arrange a piece of cheddar cheese on one apple wedge.
  2. Wrap ham around the middle of the apple and cheese.

Notes

To keep the apples from browning, brush the slices with lemon juice after coring and slicing.

These Ham and Cheese Apple Wraps are the perfect afterschool snack. They also pack well as a lunch with some extra fruit and veggies. Watch how easy they are to make!

5 Healthy School and Office Lunches using Chicken Salad: Keep lunch interesting all week long with 5 fresh ways to use chicken salad in your lunchbox.

5 Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas with Chicken Salad

Want to pack a whole week’s worth of school or office lunches with one meal idea? Today I’m going to show you how to pack 5 different lunches with chicken salad for healthy back to school lunches.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

5 Healthy School and Office Lunches using Chicken Salad: Keep lunch interesting all week long with 5 fresh ways to use chicken salad in your lunchbox.

5 Healthy School and Office Lunches using Chicken Salad: Keep lunch interesting all week long with 5 fresh ways to use chicken salad in your lunchbox.

You’ll find ideas like these in our meal plans so make sure you grab a free sample plan!

The school year tends to create a routine of carpool, homework, afterschool activities and of course, packing lunches. We call this a “routine” because that is what we do, the same thing, day after day for 9 months of the year.

In the same token, we have to pack school and office lunches day after day. While it’s important to establish a routine with our schedule, that doesn’t mean we need to get stuck eating the same things all the time.

Chicken Salad is a lunchtime favorite of mine, and recently, my kids have started to enjoy it as well. But who wants to eat a chicken salad sandwich every day? Not us! In this quick video, you’ll see how simple it is for you to make a variety of lunches with classic chicken salad.

For more awesome videos like that one, make sure you subscribe to our YouTube Channel, a new video comes out every single week!

The lunchboxes in the video and this post can be found here.

If you are looking for a delicious recipe and a way to finish up some leftover baked chicken, try my Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe. But I know some of you are really pressed for time, so buying premade chicken salad from your favorite local grocery is always an option.
Be on the lookout, I have more of these great back to school lunch ideas coming your way!

What other ways do you enjoy eating chicken salad?

 

5 Chicken Salad Lunch Recipes

5 Chicken Salad Lunch Recipes

5 Chicken Salad Lunch Recipes

2 Egg salad is a classic lunch staple. You can use it in sandwiches, wraps, or even as a dip for crackers or veggies!

Healthy Lunch Idea: Mayo-Free Egg Salad

If you’re looking for an easy, allergy-friendly lunch idea, we’ve got you covered with this Mayo-Free Egg Salad!

Egg salad is a classic lunch staple. You can use it in sandwiches, wraps, or even as a dip for crackers or veggies!

Egg salad is a classic lunch staple. You can use it in sandwiches, wraps, or even as a dip for crackers or veggies! But many store-bought (or even homemade) egg salads use mayonnaise, which can contain raw eggs. That can be a problem! There’s also a ton of other nasty ingredients in mayonnaise that we try to avoid most of the time.

This Mayo-Free Egg Salad is the solution! It has the same classic taste of traditional egg salad without the raw eggs. You can make a big batch at the beginning of the week for easy lunch packing.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

You can check out how to make this easy Mayo-Free Egg Salad on my YouTube channel! You’ll see just how simple the recipe is.

Healthy Lunch Idea: Mayo-Free Egg Salad

Egg salad is a classic lunch staple. You can use it in sandwiches, wraps, or even as a dip for crackers or veggies!

This recipe is from Laura’s Cookbook, The Best Homemade Kid’s Lunches on the Planet.

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 hard-boiled eggs, diced
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt (or mayo)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 thin slices oven roasted turkey, rolled up
  • 2 whole wheat pita rounds, cut into wedges

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl combine hard-boiled eggs, yellow mustard, paprika, Greek yogurt, salt, pepper, and chives. Refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.
  2. Roll up turkey slices and cut pita wedges.
  3. Assemble 1/4 of the egg salad into a divided lunch container along side the turkey slices and pita wedges.

 

7 black bean corn cakes

Black Bean Corn Cakes

Do you have a kid who doesn’t eat meat, and find it challenging to sneak in nutrition?

black bean corn cakesAt MOMables, we are always coming up with fresh new ways to introduce healthy foods into lunches.  We plan, you make, they eat.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

We love these corn cakes because black beans have a lot of fiber and protein. They are filling, give lasting energy, and pack a lot of nutrition our kids need, such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

But, who wants to eat plain beans for lunch? These corn cakes taste great at room temperature and are very easy to pack for lunch!

I often top the corn cakes with sour cream, cheese, salsa, and diced chicken breast to create a delicious Mexican-inspired dish for lunch!  You can, however, put all items on the side and let your child “dip.”

Black Bean Corn Cakes

black bean corn cakes
  • Author: MOMables
  • Yield: 20
  • Cuisine: Lunch

Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, with liquid
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 cup (or 8-ounce package) cornbread or corn muffin mix, dry
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • Optional Toppings: salsa, sour cream, cheese, diced chicken, corn, avocado

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, mash the beans slightly, then add the lime juice, corn mix, and salsa. Mix well.
  2. On the stovetop, lightly coat your skillet with cooking spray and heat to medium.
  3. Spoon 1 tablespoon portions of the batter into your pan, cooking like a pancake. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, then flip the cakes, and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.

 

Goat Cheese and Veggie Box

Goat Cheese and Veggie Bistro Box

Need a healthier lunch that is simple to make? This will do just the trick!

Goat Cheese and Veggie Box

Sometimes you just want a simple, light, refreshing meal. Goat Cheese and Veggie Bistro Box, yum! A certain well-known coffee chain used to offer a veggie and cheese box that fit the bill, and made for a nice snack or small meal. But who wants to pay $5+ for lunch every day, when you can make it yourself?

Don’t forget, MOMables has all the ideas you could ever possibly need to help fill these bistro boxes—check them out!

By making your own lunches, you can control the ingredients and portion size. Organic, local, more of something, less of something, gluten-free, etc. DIY delicious!

DIY Goat Cheese and Garden Veggies Bistro Box

Goat Cheese and Veggie Box
  • Author: MOMables.com

Ingredients

  • 4-6 multigrain crackers
  • 2-3 carrot sticks
  • 2-3 bell pepper strips
  • 3-4 cherry tomatoes
  • 3-4 green beans
  • 2-3 cucumber wedges (roughly 1/4 of a small cucumber)
  • 1-2 ounces soft goat cheese
  • 1/4 c tzatziki sauce (see recipe below)

Instructions

  1. Take as many as you’d like for each ingredient and poof! Goat Cheese and Garden Veggie Bistro Box!

Recipe for Homemade Tzatziki Sauce:

Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

Goat Cheese and Veggie Box
  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Yield: 6
  • Cuisine: Greek

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain Greek whole milk yogurt*
  • 1 English cucumber, seeded, finely grated, and drained
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Whisk everything but the salt and pepper together. Then season with the salt and pepper, to taste. Chill.

Notes

*You can use low-fat or nonfat Greek yogurt, or even non-dairy Greek-style yogurt, but you may want to add less lemon juice.

The Greek yogurt and goat cheese pack a nice wallop of protein, so you’re good there. But unless you have a small appetite or are including this along with something more substantial, it’s really more of a snack. So make it a meal by adding more crackers and veggies and tzatziki sauce, and go ahead and include some fresh fruit while you’re at it!

*To amp up the colors represented in my lunch, I chose slices of purple bell pepper, yellow and green beans, and yellow and red heirloom cherry tomatoes. The crackers shown are Glutino Gluten-Free Rosemary & Olive Oil crackers. And no, I didn’t just buy some pre-made tzatziki sauce for the photos. I made it. From scratch!

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