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pizza bistro box

Pizza Bistro Box

A pizza inspired bistro box made healthy and fast for the ultimate healthy and quick lunch!

pizza bistro box

This Pizza Bistro Box was inspired by both my kids’ devotion to pizza and my determination to use leftover toppings to pack lunches. It’s not your typical bistro box but we never really make “typical” lunches around here anyway.

The one thing I keep on a schedule is our meals because thanks to the Classic Meal Plan, dinner is always prepped and ready for when the six o’clock rush hits.

This bistro box comes together quickly with hummus, pita chips, nitrate free pepperoni, Mozzarella cheese, roasted bell pepper strips, and black olives. It’s the better version of the pre-packaged crackers and cheese or deconstructed pizza lunches you’ll find at the grocery store.

Don’t keep roasted bell peppers in your pantry? Swap them with fresh bell pepper strips. Use regular crackers, pita wedges, or even pretzels instead of pita chips. The options are endless!

Fresh and easy ideas just like this one can also be found in our Classic Family Meal plan. Both dinner and lunch include 5 recipes, a completed shopping list, and a done-for-you meal prep guide. Can I get a high five?!

That’s the fun in building bistro boxes, the ingredients are simple, ready to eat, and can be easily swapped or replaced with whatever items you have available, even with leftovers.

pizza bistro box

Bistro Box Ingredients

Leftover items that are great for packing into a bistro box include:

Leftover grilled or roasted chicken
Guacamole and cheese from taco night
Egg salad from leftover hard-boiled eggs
Chicken salad from a previous lunch
Deli meats like turkey, ham, or roast beef
Hard-boiled eggs or deviled eggs

All you have to do is pair these options with fresh fruit, veggies, and a whole grain or grain-free carbohydrate to make it a complete meal.

Bistro boxes are also super quick to assemble and prep ahead of time. Most ingredients like deli cuts, veggies, fruit, and cheese will stay fresh for a long time in the fridge. So you can make these on Sunday and BOOM! You have lunches ready through Friday.

Looking for more bistro box ideas? Check these out.

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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healthy school lunches for the teenage athlete

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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Healthy and easy school lunch wraps!

5 Healthy Wraps for School Lunch

Are you stuck in a sandwich-packing rut? No worries! These 5 healthy wraps for school lunch are made with fresh foods that easily come together.

Healthy and easy school lunch wraps!

It happens to us all when packing school and office lunches day after day. Maybe it happens the night before when you start thinking about having to pack food to go.

You reach a point where you look at that loaf of bread and hear in your head “yup, another sandwich.” Or maybe, they come home squished and half-eaten.

Tortillas to the rescue! Making a wrap is the easiest, not to mention, yummy way to cure that burnout. It’s also a great way to pack a variety of protein, veggies, and healthy fats into one, delicious, hand-held lunch.

Plus, who doesn’t love all those yummy lunch ingredients rolled in a tortilla? Exactly. Hand-held lunches are always a winner.

Can you make a wrap grain-free?
Yes! If you need a grain free wrap, check out these coconut flour wraps. I love using them as a gluten-free option and they hold up very well in a lunchbox.

If you need a gluten-free wrap option, many stores sell gluten-free tortillas. So essentially, you can make any of these ideas gluten-free.

So back to what you came here for. These 5 healthy wraps for school lunch that are also grown-up friendly. That means, that you can eat these too! Better yet, they are the perfect wrap for teenagers because they aren’t “kiddy” they’re just delicious.

Chicken Salad Wraps 
I love making a big batch of this chicken salad and using some to make sandwiches and the rest to make these healthy wraps!

Healthy and easy school lunch wraps!

Peanut Butter Apple Wraps
Doesn’t get any more simple than this! I love making these since peanut butter and apples are always in my fridge and pantry, plus it’s one of my favorite combos! If you or your children can’t have peanut butter replace it with any of your favorite no-nut butter spreads like sunflower seed butter.

Hard Boiled Egg Wraps
These healthy wraps are an inexpensive way to get a good source of protein and healthy fats, from the egg! This wrap is made with chopped eggs, turkey, lettuce, and tomato! So simple and of course, you could omit the turkey since these are hearty enough with the hard-boiled eggs.

Healthy and easy school lunch wraps!

Avocado, Bacon, and Cheese Pinwheels
It’s one of our most popular pinwheels recipes, I mean, after all, it is made with bacon!

Healthy and easy school lunch wraps!

Hummus Veggie Wraps
It’s the ultimate vegetarian wrap! Spread the tortilla with hummus and top with all your favorite veggies add a little cheese and voila! I love using hummus as a spread for wraps, it adds a ton of flavor and keeps them from drying out if you pack them the night before like I do.

Healthy and easy school lunch wraps!

If you want to make your wraps ahead of time, simply wrap them in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight! It’s that simple!

Each of these wraps and other healthy lunch recipes are included in our classic lunch plan! Avoiding meal time burn out is the ongoing source of inspiration behind MOMables family meal plans, we make sure to keep meal time and the recipes you use fun, simple, and of course, AMAZING!

Well, I don’t know about you but I’m getting hungry so let’s wrap this up and go make lunch! ;)

5 Healthy Lunches made with Hummus! How to pack a whole week's worth of school and office lunches with one featured ingredient.

5 Healthy School And Office Lunch Ideas With Hummus

If you love hummus as much as I do or have a tub in your fridge that you need to use up, you are going to love these five healthy school and office lunch ideas with hummus!

5 Healthy Lunches made with Hummus! How to pack a whole week's worth of school and office lunches with one featured ingredient.

5 Healthy Lunches made with Hummus! How to pack a whole week's worth of school and office lunches with one featured ingredient.

Packing lunches for school or the office has never been easier! Using a single featured ingredient throughout the week is a great idea if you want to save money at the grocery and reduce wasted food at the end of the week. If you haven’t watched my other videos featuring one main ingredient and you like this one, then you will want to check them out! Here are 5 healthy lunches with turkey, 5 healthy lunches with chicken salad, and 5 healthy lunches with boiled eggs!

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

Check out how quick and easy these hummus filled lunchboxes are to make in this quick video. And by the way, if you are not subscribed to our YouTube channel, you should. A new recipe video comes out every single week! -and it’s free.


You’ll find simple recipes like these, along with a shopping list in our lunch plans, so make sure you grab a sample plan.

With these easy school and office lunch ideas, you’ll put your favorite hummus to use, since now you know that hummus is not just for dipping! Hummus is a great way to add flavor to many of your recipes going beyond eating it cold straight out of the tub. Using it as a spread or a salad dressing are two of my favorite ways to use hummus.

With today’s ideas, you’ll see how easy it is to pack to use hummus in a variety of ways, so the lunchbox never gets boring.

And if you are wondering about those lunchboxes, you can grab a set of them here.

What ways to you enjoy adding hummus to your lunch?

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