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A fun twist on a classic sandwich! Your kids will love these Grilled Cheese Dippers for lunch, especially paired with warm tomato soup.

Grilled Cheese Dippers

A fun twist on a classic sandwich! Your kids will love these Grilled Cheese Dippers for lunch, especially paired with warm tomato soup.

A fun twist on a classic sandwich! Your kids will love these Grilled Cheese Dippers for lunch, especially paired with warm tomato soup.

What is your kid’s favorite sandwich? We have a few different flavor combinations in our lunch rotation, including almond butter and banana and hummus veggie club. But by far the most requested sandwich in our house is…grilled cheese! Are you even surprised??

You need just 3 simple ingredients for this recipe! We’re putting a simple twist on the classic grilled cheese sandwich by cutting it into fun dippers. Perfect for dipping into a thermos full of tomato soup!

Related: Top 5 Thermos Containers We’ve Tested

I love this recipe because you can use whatever bread your family prefers, from whole grain to grain free. The recipe calls for cheddar cheese, but feel free to use your favorite.

If you need more easy lunch ideas like these grilled cheese dippers, be sure to get a free weekly meal plan! We’ve got you covered for lunch and dinner, with both classic and grain-free options.

We hope your kids love these delicious grilled cheese dippers!

Grilled Cheese Dippers

A fun twist on a classic sandwich! Your kids will love these Grilled Cheese Dippers for lunch, especially paired with warm tomato soup.

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

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  • Yield: 1
  • Category: Lunch

Ingredients

  • 2 pieces whole grain bread
  • 2 slices (40 g) cheddar cheese
  • Butter, for grilling

Instructions

  1. Butter one side of both bread slices; flip over onto a flat surface. Place cheese on one slice of bread and cover with second slice.
  2. Place cheese sandwich, buttered side down, on a skillet over medium heat. Grill for 2-3 minutes, until cheese has begun to melt and bread is golden brown. Press down with a spatula, flip and grill the second side. Remove from pan onto a cutting board.
  3. Allow grilled sandwich to cool down for five minutes, cut sandwich into narrow strips, and pack in lunch container.
  4. Serve with tomato soup.

Notes

MOM Tip: Let the grilled sandwich cool down before slicing and packing it in the lunchbox. If you cut it too soon and pack it while it’s still hot, the bread will be soggy by lunchtime.

 

5 Mix some nutritious, protein-packed quinoa with veggies and delicious Mexican spices in this vegetarian Southwest Quinoa. Use the leftovers for lunch!

Southwest Quinoa

Mix some nutritious, protein-packed quinoa with veggies and delicious Mexican spices in this vegetarian Southwest Quinoa. Use the leftovers for lunch!

Mix some nutritious, protein-packed quinoa with veggies and delicious Mexican spices in this vegetarian Southwest Quinoa. Use the leftovers for lunch!

If you’re a long-time reader, you know how much I love repurposing meals – it’s like a two-for-one! That’s why I love dinner recipes that can be easily packed in the lunch boxes for the kids (and for me at the office).

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

This Southwest Quinoa fits the bill. First, it takes less than 30 minutes to cook for dinner – yes, please! It’s a great vegetarian dinner option that’s full of protein and nutrition from quinoa and black beans. Once everyone’s done eating, I can pack the leftovers up in lunch boxes with some fresh fruits and veggies, and tortilla chips as a treat, and we’re good to go!

Sometimes I even double the recipe so I’m guaranteed leftovers. Because when I can make meal time a little easier, I go for it!

Southwest Quinoa

Mix some nutritious, protein-packed quinoa with veggies and delicious Mexican spices in this vegetarian Southwest Quinoa. Use the leftovers for lunch!

Mix some nutritious, protein-packed quinoa with veggies and delicious Mexican spices in this vegetarian Southwest Quinoa. Use the leftovers for lunch!

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  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Lunch

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (173 g) quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups (470 g) water
  • 3/4 cup (195 g) jarred salsa
  • 1 teaspoon (2.6 g) chipotle chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon (2.5 g) ground cumin
  • 1 cup (130 g) frozen corn
  • 1 15 ounce (425 g) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup (4 g) finely chopped cilantro
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup (115 g) plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon (6 g) salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon (3 g) garlic powder
  • Toppings:
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 cup (115 g) shredded cheddar

Instructions

  1. Bring the water to a boil, then stir in the quinoa, lower the heat and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes and turn off heat.
  2. Cover and let sit for 6 minutes – you’ll know the quinoa is ready when you see the little white “tail” of the germ around the outside edge of each seed.
  3. In a small bowl whisk yogurt, salt, pepper, garlic and lime juice, set aside.
  4. Once quinoa is done, add salsa, chili powder and cumin, fold to combine well. Mix in cilantro, green onions, black beans and corn. Fold a few times until thoroughly combined. Stir in the yogurt dressing.
  5. Serve with avocado and cheese and garnish with additional cilantro if desired.

Notes

For school lunch: Pack leftovers in a container or lunchbox. This salad is great eaten cold or at room temperature as well.

 

2 10 Healthy Green Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

Use this holiday to get kids excited about eating vegetables. These healthy green recipes for St. Patrick’s Day are festive and so delicious! Kid-approved.

Use this holiday to get kids excited about eating vegetables. These healthy green recipes for St. Patrick's Day are festive and so delicious! Kid-approved.

One of my favorite things about St. Patrick’s Day, besides getting to spend a fun day with my kids, is having an excuse to make even more green foods. We all know how healthy green veggies are for us and our families, and this holiday, I go all out with the (naturally) green foods!

Normally, I like to get some veggies into my kids’ diets with hidden spinach in their smoothies or recipes like these broccoli nuggets or these spinach & bacon mini quiches. Any veggie counts!

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

But for St. Patrick’s Day, I like to get a little more creative! We still usually have green smoothies because you can sweeten them with delicious fruit and completely hide the veggie taste, but these healthy green recipes for St. Patrick’s Day are so creative! Pancakes, noodles, muffins…the possibilities are endless!

I hope you get to make some of these healthy green recipes with your kids on St. Patrick’s Day. These are also great any day of the year to get some extra veggies in!

1. Healthy Shamrock Green Smoothie for Kids

Use this holiday to get kids excited about eating vegetables. These healthy green recipes for St. Patrick's Day are festive and so delicious! Kid-approved.

2. Gluten-Free Spinach Muffins from Emilie Eats

Use this holiday to get kids excited about eating vegetables. These healthy green recipes for St. Patrick's Day are festive and so delicious! Kid-approved.

3. Healthy Green Popsicles

Use this holiday to get kids excited about eating vegetables. These healthy green recipes for St. Patrick's Day are festive and so delicious! Kid-approved.

4. Mint Oreos (gluten-free & vegan) from Petite Allergy Treats

Use this holiday to get kids excited about eating vegetables. These healthy green recipes for St. Patrick's Day are festive and so delicious! Kid-approved.

5. Broccoli Nuggets

Use this holiday to get kids excited about eating vegetables. These healthy green recipes for St. Patrick's Day are festive and so delicious! Kid-approved.

6. Avocado Hummus from Cooking Classy

Use this holiday to get kids excited about eating vegetables. These healthy green recipes for St. Patrick's Day are festive and so delicious! Kid-approved.

7. Pineapple Green Smoothie

Use this holiday to get kids excited about eating vegetables. These healthy green recipes for St. Patrick's Day are festive and so delicious! Kid-approved.

8. Creamy Avocado-Spinach Pesto Zoodles from The Iron You

Use this holiday to get kids excited about eating vegetables. These healthy green recipes for St. Patrick's Day are festive and so delicious! Kid-approved.

9. Banana Mango Avocado Green Smoothie from Emilie Eats

Use this holiday to get kids excited about eating vegetables. These healthy green recipes for St. Patrick's Day are festive and so delicious! Kid-approved.

10. Spinach Pancakes from Spabettie

Use this holiday to get kids excited about eating vegetables. These healthy green recipes for St. Patrick's Day are festive and so delicious! Kid-approved.


 

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Use this holiday to get kids excited about eating vegetables. These healthy green recipes for St. Patrick's Day are festive and so delicious! Kid-approved.

2 Are you finding yourself in a lunch-packing rut? These 8 healthy school lunch ideas will get your kids excited to eat lunch and are easy to pack!

8 Healthy School Lunch Ideas

Are you finding yourself in a school lunch rut? We all want to pack healthy lunches for our kids, but sometimes we just don’t have any good recipes. These 8 healthy school lunch ideas will get your kids excited to eat lunch, and will make your life a lot easier when it comes to packing!

Are you finding yourself in a lunch-packing rut? These 8 healthy school lunch ideas will get your kids excited to eat lunch and are easy to pack!

You can pack most of these ahead of time, making them perfect for families who meal prep. I personally love to prep my lunches on Sunday so that in the morning, all my kids have to do is grab the lunch box!

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

Many of these are allergy-friendly, or can be easily made gluten-free by using gluten-free bread or wraps. I know your kids will love at least a few of these!

1. 7 Layer Greek Cups

Are you finding yourself in a lunch-packing rut? These 8 healthy school lunch ideas will get your kids excited to eat lunch and are easy to pack!

2. Spinach and Bacon Mini Quiches from Laura Fuentes

Are you finding yourself in a lunch-packing rut? These 8 healthy school lunch ideas will get your kids excited to eat lunch and are easy to pack!

3. Chicken and Broccoli Skillet Alfredo

Are you finding yourself in a lunch-packing rut? These 8 healthy school lunch ideas will get your kids excited to eat lunch and are easy to pack!

4. Paleo Chicken Salad Wraps from Bravo for Paleo

Are you finding yourself in a lunch-packing rut? These 8 healthy school lunch ideas will get your kids excited to eat lunch and are easy to pack!

5. Pizza Pasta Salad from Laura Fuentes

Are you finding yourself in a lunch-packing rut? These 8 healthy school lunch ideas will get your kids excited to eat lunch and are easy to pack!

6. No-Bake Fruit Pizzas from Two Healthy Kitchens

Are you finding yourself in a lunch-packing rut? These 8 healthy school lunches ideas will get your kids excited to eat lunch and are easy to pack!

7. Hummus Veggie Club Sandwich from Laura Fuentes

Are you finding yourself in a lunch-packing rut? These 8 healthy school lunch ideas will get your kids excited to eat lunch and are easy to pack!

8. Apple Quesadillas

Are you finding yourself in a lunch-packing rut? These 8 healthy school lunch ideas will get your kids excited to eat lunch and are easy to pack!

 

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Are you finding yourself in a lunch-packing rut? These 8 healthy school lunch ideas will get your kids excited to eat lunch and are easy to pack!

If you're getting bored with your salads, try this flavorful Santa Fe Chicken Salad! It's perfect for lunch boxes, and kids will love the jalapeño ranch dressing.

Santa Fe Chicken Salad Lunchbox

If you’re getting bored with your salads, try this flavorful Santa Fe Chicken Salad! It’s perfect for lunch boxes, and everyone will love the creamy, fresh, ranch dressing.

If you're getting bored with your salads, try this flavorful Santa Fe Chicken Salad! It's perfect for lunch boxes, and kids will love the jalapeño ranch dressing.

My kids get easily bored with salads. I love packing them for lunch because I want to feed my kids nutritious, fresh vegetables, but sometimes they come home and there’s only a bite missing out of their salad! As soon as I started packing this Santa Fe Chicken Salad, their whole salad was gone. Recipe success!

This salad is filled with so many delicious Mexican-style ingredients – black beans, corn, avocado, and yummy taco seasoning. I love to use leftover chicken from burrito bowl night for this salad, which makes it really easy to throw together quick. I’ve also included this meal in our FreshRealm menu so the ingredients can be delivered right to your door, measured and ready to go! Eating fresh, doesn’t get any easier than that!

Check out how easy this salad is to make:

Of course, the star of this salad is the dressing. My kids love ranch, and this quick, homemade ranch is so much better than anything you could find at the store. You’ll want it drizzled over everything!

Grab the salad recipe here or, to have it delivered to your home click here

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