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.
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!
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Need a healthy afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids’ after-school snack time or as a sweet treat for lunch.
It’s like clockwork: around 3 or 4 o’clock every day, my kids start rummaging through the pantry and fridge looking for a snack. And even if I’ve eaten a filling lunch, I usually start to crave a sweet snack in the afternoon, too. I don’t like to eat something heavy to ruin my dinner, though. Enter these Brownie Energy Bites from The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet!
Take a look at how easy these are to make.
My kids absolutely love these. I love that they only take a few minutes to make, and I can make a big batch at the beginning of the week so we have snacks ready! It really is all about planning. If you don’t have something healthier to grab, you’ll be more likely to grab the bag of chips or something at the drive-thru. Of course, we like to treat ourselves every now and then, but on a day to day basis, I like to have healthier options ready for little fingers to grab.
These are super simple to make, requiring just a handful of nutritious ingredients. They’re refined sugar-free and grain-free – if you’re allergic to nuts, you can try replacing the cashews with sunflower seeds. While these are perfect for snack time, you can even pack a couple of these in your kids’ lunch boxes as a sweet treat.
Everyone will love these delicious brownie energy bites, because who doesn’t love chocolate? :)
Are your kids tired of having sandwiches? Shake things up with these 8 healthy wraps for lunch! Filling, nutritious, and super tasty.
If there’s one lunch item my kids get sick of really quick, it’s sandwiches. Sure, they love the classic turkey & cheese or PB&J every now and then, but then they want something else.
Wraps are the perfect way to add some variety to your lunches without spending a ton of time packing! They’re a great way to fill your kids up with veggies, healthy protein, and good fats. Simply grab your favorite wrap or wrap alternative and stuff it with your favorite fillings. If you need a grain free wrap, we always have a few packs of these coconut wraps around the house. They’re so good, you won’t even know it’s grain free!
If you need some inspiration for your lunch wraps, look no further. These 8 healthy wraps are easy to make and full of good-for-you ingredients. I’m sure you’ll be able to find something that you and your kids will enjoy!
Halloween is such a fun time of year. Kids are running around in fun costumes, you get to see neighbors and family, and there’s unlimited candy. The chocolate is always my weakness! Since Halloween is all about sweet treats, today we have 6 easy Halloween desserts that are perfect for getting your kids helping out in the kitchen!
These desserts are also great as a sweet treat for a balanced lunch. Need lunch or dinner ideas? Check out this 1-week sample meal plan!
Make these easy desserts that both kids and adults will love, and you’ll be the talk of the neighborhood this Halloween! Get creative with these 6 festive Halloween desserts.
These no-bake witches hat cookies are the perfect way to get your kids to help with the Halloween preparation. Send these in your children’s lunch boxes as a special treat, and make a batch to keep at the house for guests and trick-or-treaters! These only require 3 ingredients and minimal prep time.
Your kids will love drawing faces on these ghost cookies. These are so much better than store-bought cookies! If you’re child is nut-free, make sure to use your favorite seed butter instead. Even though some of the faces may be scary on these cookies, I promise the taste isn’t anything to be scared of–they’re delicious!
This recipe is perfect for using up all that extra candy from Halloween and those raisins that no kid wants to eat. C’mon, where’s the chocolate?? These muffins are healthy with a sweet twist from the leftover candy. Don’t let all of it go to waste!
Reeses Cups are probably one of the most famous candies, but now you can make your own that are tasty and healthier! All you have to do is melt and freeze. Your kids and all your guests will love them!
Want your kid to eat more fruit? Cover it in chocolate and I promise it’ll work! These adorable “Boo”-nana Pops are a healthier treat perfect for the spooky Halloween season. And only 3 ingredients? I’m in!
Everyone loves a crispy, sweet Rice Krispies, but now you can make your own and make it festive! This cute pumpkin treats are simple to make with only a handful of ingredients. Let the kids roll up the treats into pumpkins!
Check back for more Halloween ideas next week here at MOMables.com!
All of us have our own dietary preferences. Some may be avoiding gluten, while others steer clear of meat or dairy. No matter what, we all want to give our children the most nutritious lunches and meals possible so that they can grow stronger every day.
These school lunches ideas are perfect for vegetarian families or even those who want to go meatless every now and then. These lunches are packed with nutrition to keep your kids feeling satisfied all day! Did I mention how delicious these recipes are? Your kids will love them. It’s always fun for them to open up their lunchbox and find a delicious meal!
A healthier twist on a club sandwich, this hummus veggie club will be sure to satisfy everyone! Creamy hummus replaces mayo and packs lots of flavor. Stack on any veggies you want and use whatever bread your family enjoys.
This perfectly spiced enchilada soup makes the best thermos lunches. It’s perfect for upcoming cooler temperatures when all you want is a warm bowl of soup. Send your kids their favorite toppings, such as cheese, avocado, and pico de gallo. Make sure to use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth!
This macaroni is just as easy as the boxed version, but with way simpler ingredients, so you can feel better about feeding it to your kids! Add extra nutrition by added vegetables such as broccoli or peas. Every kid loves mac and cheese, and I know your children would love to open up a thermos of this for lunch!
If your family loves Mediterranean food, then this recipe is for you! Crispy falafel is stuffed in a flatbread with veggies to make a satisfying lunch to please both kids and parents alike. Chickpeas contain lots of nutritious protein and fiber, and flavor!
With apple season currently happening this fall, this sandwich is a great way to use up all those delicious, juicy apples! It’s a spin on the classic grilled cheese sandwich with the added nutrition of fruit–win! Your kids might even love this version better than the original. Easy and satisfying!
Get some veggies into your kids’ diets without them even knowing! These broccoli nuggets are crispy and cheesy, an irresistible combination. They make an easy-packing lunch or great grab-and-go snack. Pair them with some fruit and nuts in a lunchbox, and you’ve got a super nutritious vegetarian lunch!
Since regular tacos can sometimes be too messy for lunch boxes, these mini black bean taco cups are the solution! They’re easy to prep ahead and pack and are easily customizable to your family’s favorite topping! Try cheese, salsa, and even lettuce.
There’s nothing like a big, comforting bowl of vegetable soup to warm you up on a cool day. This soup can easily be made for dinner and then used for thermos lunches as leftovers! Make sure to use vegetable broth to keep it vegetarian. Feel free to use any vegetables you have on hand!
We hope you enjoyed our round-up of vegetarian school lunch ideas. Check out our other lunch ideas for easy packing!