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.
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?
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! 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.
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.”
Need a healthier lunch that is simple to make? This will do just the trick!
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!
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
Whisk everything but the salt and pepper together. Then season with the salt and pepper, to taste. Chill.
*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!