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5 minute lunch ideas for back to school

5 Minute Quick Lunch Ideas for School

If you have 5 minutes, have enough time to pack a fresh lunch because these quick lunch ideas are everything you need to get awesome lunches in that lunchbox and get out of the house on time. #Winning

It’s no secret that by the third or fourth week of school we, parents, can often find all of our back-to-school routine goals and meal prep expectations become more distant and out of reach. Things can get so busy!

But I’m here to tell you to not give up on making fresh and healthy lunches for you and the kids -yes, you’ve got to eat too! A healthy lunch is less about it looking like it belongs on an Instagram feed and more about being prepared the night before. Fresh food is good so high-five!

First, let’s go over a tip or two about packing lunches ahead of time:

1. Keep it simple!

I find items that are easy to put in a lunchbox and can be used multiple ways such as wraps, leftover pasta, veggies, fresh fruit, hard-boiled eggs, deli cuts, and grilled chicken are all great ways to keep it simple while without sacrificing flavor or nutrients.

Building a lunch from staples will set yourself up in the smooth and fast track to lunch packing success a.k.a not being in the kitchen for hours every Sunday!

Here are some videos where I show you how to pack 5 different lunch ideas with a single ingredient like hard-boiled eggs, turkey or ham, chicken salad, hummus, and more.

5 minute lunch ideas for back to school

2. Start with the right lunch containers

This might not seem like it would make a difference but believe me it does! Having the right lunch containers on hand is essential to avoiding the classic sorting through a pile of lidless plastic containers, only to find none of them fit in your kid’s lunch box.

Starting with a compartmentalized lunch container and filling in the compartments with healthy options is key to quick packing.

Check out this video where I show you my top picks for great containers and [[shop all of them here on Amazon.] www.amazon.com/shop/momables

Now that you’ve got the when and the how of lunch packing, let’s get on with the “what do you pack inside a lunchbox?” question.

1. Crunchy Turkey Pinwheels

Deli turkey, fresh veggies all wrapped up in a tortilla! Cut it into pinwheels or leave it whole to make a wrap.

5 minute lunch ideas for back to school

2. BLT Salad

Simple and SO GOOD it takes less than five minutes to assemble if you boil the eggs and cook the bacon ahead of time.

5 minute lunch ideas for back to school

3. Hummus Veggie Sandwich

One of my favorite ways to use hummus! Feel free to add any of your favorite deli cuts to make it even more hearty.
5 minute lunch ideas for back to school

Need more quick and simple hummus ideas? Check out this post or the video below.

4. Pizza Pasta Salad

Leftover pasta from dinner (or cooked ahead), cheese, pepperoni, black olives, and lunch is ready!
5 minute lunch ideas for back to school

5. Turkey and Cheese Roll-Ups

It’s practically a sandwich without the bread…..
5 minute lunch ideas for back to school

6. Mediterranean Bistro Box

I love creating bistro/bento boxes since the ingredients are always simple and ready to be packed into lunch containers!

5 minute lunch ideas for back to school

7. Salmon Salad Pitas

It’s like tuna salad but so much better!
5 minute lunch ideas for back to school

It’s safe to say that I take lunch pretty seriously but I also want to make it fun to eat for my 3 kids. And I’m thrilled to share with you the tips and tricks that have helped me pack quick lunches for my kids.

And if you’re still learning to master cooking for your family fresh and simple meals, check out our family meal plans. They help establish a healthy eating routine with 5 family-friendly recipes, a shopping list, and meal prep sheet.

What are some of your go-to quick school lunch ideas? 

 

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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.

 

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Healthy Baked Oatmeal Muffins

You know oatmeal is filling and nutritious, right? But who has time to sit down and enjoy a bowl each morning? With this healthy recipe for baked oatmeal muffins, your kids will be set with a filling breakfast in the morning.

Check out how easy these muffins are to make in this quick video.

I love the idea of sending my boys out the door to school each morning with bellies full from a nutritious breakfast.

The truth is, some mornings it just doesn’t happen.  Someone needs to leave early, another slept too late and yet another just isn’t in the mood for his usual peanut butter toast.

What’s a mom to do?

These baked oatmeal muffins are a good answer.  Inspired by the popularity of baked oatmeal, this recipe takes it one step further by baking them in individual muffin tins.

Make these oatmeal muffins for a filling, portable breakfast and freeze leftovers to pull out for another day.

All you have to do is pull them out to thaw overnight, or warm in the microwave for 45-60 seconds to reheat.  If not eating on the go, you can make them even more decadent by drizzling with warm milk.

Baked Oatmeal Muffins

yield: 12 muffins

  • Author: MOMables
  • Cuisine: Baking

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup dried fruit or nuts (optional)
  • 2 cups fruit, fresh or frozen (for these muffins I used 1 cup chopped apples and 1 cup chopped pears)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a muffin pan with 12 liners (foil or parchment liners work best)
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, fresh fruit (and dried if using). In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, milk, syrup, and egg. Combine wet ingredients with dry.
  3. Batter will be very loose and wet. Evenly distribute oatmeal/fruit mix into lined muffin tins. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-35 minutes or until muffins are just golden brown. Bake time may vary depending on size of muffin tins and oven. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving. If not serving immediately, refrigerate in air tight container. To freeze muffins, cool completely before storing.

 

 

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