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10 Summer Camp MOMables Lunch Ideas and Recipes

One Simple Lunch Plan, Unlimited Kid Lunch Ideas Year Round!

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Here at MOMables, we know lunch doesn’t end when the school year does. For many of us, we’re still packing for day care, work, and even camps.

That’s why we’ve also put together one plan that offers vegetarian, gluten-free, and nut-free options (where applicable) for your family’s dietary needs. Offering you easy lunch ideas that are simple to prepare and perfect for the entire family.

When kids are at camp during the day, they want lunches that will fuel them for their activity-filled day. MOMables has you covered! I use my MOMables menu plan regularly. Here are just some of the delicious dishes my own daughter loves and enjoys thanks to MOMables!

Get out of the PB&J rut. Use your MOMables Menu plans, and give them something great for camp!

Making mini quiches are a great non-sandwich lunch choice. Bite-size, and the filling possibilities are endless. The same goes with making a frittata, also pictured above. Not a traditional lunch item, but a way to bring variety to lunch.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

Looking for a new take on a sandwich? Try the MOMables Grilled Frenchman. Ham, Brie (or preferred cheese), and a little mayo, and grill between bread slices or toast in the toaster oven until the cheese is melty. Yummy!

You can never go wrong with bacon. I’m quite sure my daughter will eat anything if bacon is involved. ;) Save a slice or two from breakfast for lunches. Add it to make a fabulous club sandwich to kick their normal turkey sammie up a notch!

Another fun idea? Breakfast for Lunch. Another favorite in our house. Pack up some french toast, a mini dipper of syrup for dipping, add some fruit, and other breakfasty sides for a filling meal.

The very first MOMable menu item ever created was the Homemade Lunchable. Pack up some crackers and meat and cheese slices, and let the kids build their own!

We also love to serve Chicken Salad the same way. Pack up some crackers, and put the chicken salad in a silicone cup or small compartment of your EasyLunchBoxes container. Serve with fruit and vegetable of choice.

A great summer option is to make a batch of Cauliflower Crunch Salad over the weekend, and pack up the yummy leftovers for lunch during the week. I live by the MOMables philosophy “Cook Once, Eat Twice!” It really makes lunch packing so simple.

Speaking of leftovers, another fun way to use leftovers is Pizza Skewers! Take your leftover pizza slices, cut them up, and put them on picks or recycled Starbucks stir sticks.

One of my favorite non-bread sandwiches to make are Apple-wiches. We use sunflower seed spread, allergen-free granola, and raisins in the middle. Yum! We love the crunchiness. It tastes like dessert for lunch!

Lunch packing doesn’t have to be complicated. Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. MOMables is here to help all year long. For just $6 per month, we can take the stress out of your mornings and have you rockin’ the lunch box for your entire family! If you want to see a sample plan, sign up for our newsletter below.

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Mini Polenta Pizzas Recipe

Having trouble finding recipes for your child with food allergies? MOMables understands and made this recipe to help YOU! Polenta Pizza Bites #glutenfree #lunch #kidfoodThese homemade pizzas are a great MOMables lunch to send with your kids. 

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

Polenta is gluten-free and can easily be made to fit the needs of those who are vegetarian or vegan, depending on what you pair it with.

Polenta is a dough made from cornmeal. You can eat it plain, bake it, grill it, or fry it. It even comes prepackaged at the store in a roll that you can slice and enjoy how you please. The great thing about polenta is its adaptability and that it’s so simple to make!

I prefer making my own over a store-bought roll so I can decide the shape and add seasonings, depending on what I am making it with. We enjoy it at home set into a loaf, sliced, and covered in cheese and a bolognese sauce for dinners. It’s also great when used for pancakes, added to soups, or used in breads.

The Mini Polenta Pizzas recipe is a fantastic way to get the kids involved in the kitchen! Once you make the polenta and let it set, have them grab their favorite cookie cutters to create their preferred pizza shape. Then they can decorate with their choice of toppings. My daughter particularly loved adding fresh basil leaves and pepperonis to her own butterfly creation shape. 

Once they’re decorated, pop them into the oven until the cheese is melted, and enjoy! They’re even fantastic packed up for school lunches. And parents: Don’t throw out the scraps left over after the kids cut out their shapes! Keep it for your own lunch topped with some pasta sauce. Delish!

In our recipe here, I like to add Parmesan cheese to our polenta base. You can omit or sub for your preferred nondairy parm substitute, depending on your dietary needs or food allergies.

MOM Tip: Don’t want to use cookie cutters? You can still create yummy pizzas by shaping the polenta however you please before it sets, whether in one larger pizza, mini rounds formed by hand, or rolled and sliced, mimicking the store-bought variety. 

Mini Polenta Pizzas

Makes 6 Mini Pizzas – depending on size of cookie cutter

  • Author: MOMables
  • Cuisine: Lunch

Ingredients

For the polenta base:

  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal (finely ground yellow or white will work)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons garlic & herb Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Optional Topping Choices:

  • 1 teaspoon sauce per “mini pizza”
  • Mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, diced salami, diced vegetables, Italian sausage, and/or fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. In a medium pot on your stovetop, bring the broth to a boil.
  3. Once it is boiling, add the cornmeal, seasoning, and Parmesan. Begin stirring immediately, and keep stirring until it has reached an almost “mashed potato-like” consistency.
  4. With a silicone or wooden spoon, pour the polenta mixture onto the baking sheet.
  5. Use the spoon to help spread it out and shape it how you desire. In this case, for the mini pizzas, make an 8×8 square.
  6. The polenta will need to set and refrigerate for about 1 hour. If you are rushed, you can also put it in the freezer for about 20 minutes.
  7. Take the sheet out from the fridge/freezer. Using cookie cutters, cut out the shapes you’ve selected.
  8. Dispose of or set aside the “scraps” for use later in another dish.
  9. Decorate each mini pizza per desired tastes and dietary needs.
  10. Broil in the oven for 2 to 3 minutes until the cheese is melted.
  11. Enjoy!

Notes

Before you begin, you need to know that after you make the polenta, it sets quickly, so you need to be prepared to “form it” into the shape(s) you want immediately after mixing. However, allow it to set before putting the toppings and broiling it.
This recipe should yield six mini pizzas. Depending how closely you monitor your children when they use their cookie cutters, you may only get five because they don’t “squeeze them in” as much as they could. ;) Talking from experience here! Polenta is so simple to make! Double or triple the recipe as needed.

 

Summer Camp & School Lunch Idea: Pizza Dippers

If your kids love pizza, and you need new ways to send it to school in their lunch, you are in the right place. MOMables is filled with school lunch ideas your kids will love—finger foods, easy for mom to make, and quick to assemble are all part of the school lunch menus.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

Laura, the Chief MOM, reminds me constantly that I should eat my leftovers, but I often don’t know or can’t think of new ways of revamping what I already have. Sound familiar? You are not alone.

Thanks to MOMables School Lunch Menus, I’ve been able to save money on wasted food and a lot of time and “thinking headaches.” I mean, the plan has 5 easy recipes, prep-ahead tips, instructions on how to pack the food, pictures, and a shopping list! It’s just what this busy mom of two needs!

When I tell you that I’m not a fan of leftovers, I mean, I don’t like eating them. I just had that a few nights ago, right? The key is to creatively use leftovers in ways the entire family will enjoy—my kids included. 

But how to make leftover pizza fun? Since most schools have “pizza days” on their cafeteria menu, it’s nice to pack something fun and pizza-y on those days, so your kiddo doesn’t feel so left out if you make them take a lunch due to allergies, dietary restrictions, or other reasons. Cold, soggy pizza isn’t nearly as appetizing as the hot (okay, warm) cafeteria pizza the other kids are eating.

One way to zing it up is by making MOMables Leftover Pizza Swords! But some schools prohibit picks, or you might not have all the extra toppings on hand. Or you might just be in a rush because you realized you forgot to pack lunch the night before (who, me?)—no, not me.

Enter the Pizza Dippers!

By cutting the leftover pizza slice into “fingers” and adding some extra sauce in a dip container, I not only hide the fact that it’s the wrong kind of pizza, but I’m also making it more fun than what the other kids are having! Plus it doesn’t matter that it’s cold, or maybe a little soggy or chewier. Dipping makes everything taste better! That’s a scientific fact!*

I also included some extra olives. In case she noticed that it was the wrong flavor after all!

*Not really. More of a MOM-entific fact. Kids are suckers for dip!

I try to use homemade veggie-filled “tomato” sauce (tomatoes, random bunch of greens, plus whatever other appropriately “hide-able” veggies I have at the time. Probably a parsnip or turnip or something.) Or in a pinch, I’ll steam up a bunch of greens or a head of cabbage, puree it, and add to jarred sauce! Since I immediately portion out and freeze any sauces, I tend to mix homemade with store-bought for dipping, so the texture and color are closer to “normal” looking!

 

1 Cookie Dough Yogurt Parfait Recipe

Are you looking for a healthy sweet treat to send in your child’s school lunch? Boy, do we have a treat for you!
Cookie Dough Yogurt Parfaits - MOMables.com

Why not  send a high protein snack like Greek yogurt in their lunch? While chocolate chip cookies are the most requested treat around our house, the mere mention of anything cookie dough related is always a hit.

While there isn’t always time to whip up a batch of cookies for a lunch box treat, this cookie dough yogurt comes together quickly and is a dessert you can feel good about sending off with the kids.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

This easy recipe comes from one of our MOMables menus, just a sample of our kid-friendly recipes and what you can expect to find each week.

If you don’t own a thermos, you should consider purchasing one. For around $10-$16, you will be able to put dinner leftovers to use, send cold treats to school… oh the possibilities!

Check out this video to see how to send a parfait to school in a thermos.

Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt

  • Author: MOMables
  • Cuisine: Lunch

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon almond or peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix yogurt, peanut/almond butter, maple syrup and chocolate chips.
  2. Place inside a chilled thermos container and pack in lunch box with your child’s favorite sandwich, fruit and veggies.

 

4 St Patrick’s Day School Lunch Idea: Leprechaun Grilled Cheese

Don’t you love it when your kids eat veggies without a fuss? I know I do!

St. Patrick's day Grilled-CheeseMy picky eaters won’t eat broccoli steamed, roasted, or dipped. The only way they eat it is in our MOMables broccoli pesto, hidden in macaroni and cheese and now in this grilled cheese sandwich!

My daughter calls it a “lucky” sandwich, my son says it has leprechaun dust, and I say it’s a healthy school lunch!

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

Fun and healthy ideas like this one are just the sort of thing we do here at MOMables. Add a weekly plan that lets you save time in the kitchen, a convenient shopping list with fresh ingredients, and step-by-step recipes—okay, basically a kitchen assistant to give you more school lunch ideas!

Try out our subscription free for a week, and see if you love our format and ideas.

Happy Lunch Making,

Laura
Founder & CEO
Mom to 3

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