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Healthy School Lunches for Teenage Athletes and Active Kids

If you need to make healthy school lunches for teenage athletes or active kids, you’ve come to the right place; because as a mom to 3 kids, I know what it’s like when an active kid can eat you out of the house.

While school sports are a great way for kids to get involved, socialize, and learn new skills, they also work up an appetite. And we all know that this means that the first words out of their mouth when they get home are… “I’m starving!” Right?

These easy school lunch ideas will keep them energized and ready to score the winning point every day since they have a good balance of protein, carbs, and healthy fats.

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Ham and Cheese Apple Wraps

Ham, cheese, apple wraps…oh my! Who knew that these three classic ingredients would make such a delicious combination and are perfect for packing in the lunchbox or as a healthy snack!

Ham Cheese Apple Wraps - MOMables.com

We love simple recipe ideas like this one for school lunches. They help add variety to any lunchbox, just like in our school lunch plans.

As you can see from the video, making this delicious snack box or school lunch is easy!

The lunchboxes we used in the video are EasyLunchboxes and if you are looking to add a new lunchbox to your packing routine, check out our Top 5 Lunchboxes we recommend.

These ham, cheese, and apple wraps are the perfect lunchbox builder. They are gluten-free, grain-free and full of protein.

To make this lunch more substantial, add a boiled egg for additional protein, whole-grain crackers, additional veggies and dip… and you are set!

I know you are going to love the tart and juicy sweetness of the apples with the savory cheese and ham combination.

So what do you think? Are you a fan of the ham, cheese, and apple combination? I know we are!

Ham & Cheese Apple Wraps

  • Author: MOMables
  • Cuisine: Lunch

Ingredients

  • Apple slices
  • Deli ham (thinly sliced)
  • Cheddar cheese, thickly sliced and cut into triangles

Instructions

  1. Arrange a piece of cheddar cheese on one apple wedge.
  2. Wrap ham around the middle of the apple and cheese.

Notes

To keep the apples from browning, brush the slices with lemon juice after coring and slicing.

These Ham and Cheese Apple Wraps are the perfect afterschool snack. They also pack well as a lunch with some extra fruit and veggies. Watch how easy they are to make!

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.

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Lunch
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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 quick and easy skillet lasagna recipe that only takes 30 minutes to make! Can be made with gluten free pasta as well

Quick and Easy Skillet Lasagna

This kid approved Quick and Easy Skillet Lasagna recipe, has the meaty, tomato sauce and cheesy goodness of traditional lasagna, but takes a lot less time to make. A win for everyone when it comes to putting dinner on the table.

Looking for a midweek meal that takes very little effort to make?

quick and easy skillet lasagna recipe that only takes 30 minutes to make! Can be made with gluten free pasta as well

Then you’ll love our Quick and Easy Skillet Lasagna.  This kid-approved recipe, has the meaty, tomato sauce and cheesy goodness of traditional lasagna, but takes a lot less time to make.  A win for everyone when it comes to putting dinner on the table or packing lunch!

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

Want to check out how easy this lasagna is to make? Watch the quick video below.

All you need is a large skillet and you’re set.  You don’t even have to boil the pasta separately, it’s all done right in the skillet!  Use your pasta of choice, gluten-free, whole wheat, anything goes!  And you can create a vegetarian option by omitting the Italian sausage for a Meatless Monday meal.

If you need more recipes like this one to help you add variety to your meals, check out our Classic and Grain Free Meal Plans.

Skillet Lasagna

quick and easy skillet lasagna recipe that only takes 30 minutes to make! Can be made with gluten free pasta as well
  • Author: MOMables.com
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil*
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, removed from casings
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 24 ounces tomato sauce (omit seasonings below if sauce is seasoned)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoons basil
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 8 ounces farfalle pasta (bowties)*
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese (more for serving)
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large (5 quart/ 12 inch) skillet over medium high heat, add coconut oil and Italian sausage. Cook until sausage is nearly browned and cooked through, then add minced garlic.
  2. Finish cooking the sausage with the garlic.
  3. Stir in tomato sauce and seasonings (if sauce isn’t seasoned) to the cooked sausage.
  4. Add in 2 cups of water and pasta to the skillet and bring to a boil.
  5. Once it’s boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and cover.
  6. Cook until pasta is tender, about 12 additional minutes (this will vary depending on the pasta you use).
  7. When pasta is cooked, remove from heat.
  8. Stir in mozzarella and combine.
  9. Top with small mounds of ricotta cheese and Parmesan, cover and wait a couple of minutes for ricotta to heat and melt in.
  10. Serve immediately with additional Parmesan cheese if desired.

Notes

*I personally use coconut oil but you can use your favorite cooking oil. Use bowtie pasta or whatever shapes you have in your pantry. This recipe doesn’t work well with spaghetti or angel hair pasta. You can use gluten free pasta as well. Cooking times will vary so please check your box.

 

13 grain free school lunch idea: spinach and bacon mini quiches

Spinach and Bacon Mini Quiches – Grain-Free Lunch Idea

These spinach and bacon mini quiches are a great grain free lunch idea kids (and adults) will love! Easy to make and perfectly portable.

Isn’t it true that bacon makes everything better? These Spinach and Bacon Mini Quiches are a great high protein, portable, grain-free lunch idea!

grain free school lunch idea: spinach and bacon mini quiches

The hard part, is getting kids to eat their leafy greens without turning up their noses.  These Spinach and Bacon Mini Quiches are sure to get them just as excited about eating their greens as they are about eating bacon. And once you try these, you can see more yummy Egg Cup recipes here!

If you are following a grain-free diet, you know how difficult coming up with new ideas can be. And, it’s not always easy to add veggies in a variety of ways our kids will actually eat. For this reason, having a consistent influx of recipes that are kid approved can be very helpful.

So, now you might be wondering, where do I begin?  All it takes is a change in approach.  It can be as simple as changing the way we talk about veggies and leafy greens, or even how we use them in a recipe.  For these mini quiches, the spinach magically becomes confetti, adding a fun splash of color to each bite.  It doesn’t take much, but every little bit counts.

Check out how easy these mini quiches are to make! This is one recipe kids can also help make!

Green Lunchbox shown above is a Yumbox.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

Spinach and Bacon Mini Quiches

grain free school lunch idea: spinach and bacon mini quiches
  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Yield: 24 mini quiches 1x
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Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • ¾ cup finely chopped spinach
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
  • Dash of pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C) and grease a 24 mini muffin pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs and milk. Add in chopped spinach, shredded cheddar, chopped bacon, and pepper. Give it a quick mix to combine all ingredients.
  3. Distribute egg mixture evenly into muffin pan cups.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes.
  5. Once cooked, allow mini quiches to cool in the pan before carefully removing with a small knife or spatula.

 

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