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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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Don't know what to do with leftover Halloween candy? The kids will love a slice of this Halloween Candy Pizza as a special lunch box treat or fun dessert.

Halloween Candy Pizza

Don’t know what to do with leftover Halloween candy? The kids will love a slice of this Halloween Candy Pizza as a special lunch box treat or fun dessert.

Don't know what to do with leftover Halloween candy? The kids will love a slice of this Halloween Candy Pizza as a special lunch box treat or fun dessert.

Don't know what to do with leftover Halloween candy? The kids will love a slice of this Halloween Candy Pizza as a special lunch box treat or fun dessert.
Don't know what to do with leftover Halloween candy? The kids will love a slice of this Halloween Candy Pizza as a special lunch box treat or fun dessert.

Ah, Halloween. Such a fun and exciting holiday for the kids, but it can be difficult to navigate as a parent trying to feed the family healthy, nutritious foods. What’s a parent to do?

My philosophy is, let kids be kids. Sure, I will feed my kids as many vegetables and fruits and healthy proteins as I can at home, but when it comes to special occasions like birthday parties or Halloween, I let them enjoy it. I just follow up Halloween night with a super nutritious breakfast. ;)

The downside of Halloween is that it’s not just one night of candy – you’re stuck with tons of leftover candy and nothing to do with it! Not until now. Put that leftover candy to good use and make a semi-healthy treat the kids will love.

I say semi-healthy because we’re at least using a whole-wheat crust and yogurt in here. The candy is what makes it a special treat! You can use any candy you have in the house, but of course we’re partial to chocolate. I hope you and the kids enjoy this Halloween candy pizza!

Don't know what to do with leftover Halloween candy? The kids will love a slice of this Halloween Candy Pizza as a special lunch box treat or fun dessert.

Halloween Candy Pizza

Don't know what to do with leftover Halloween candy? The kids will love a slice of this Halloween Candy Pizza as a special lunch box treat or fun dessert.

Don’t know what to do with leftover Halloween candy? The kids will love a slice of this Halloween Candy Pizza as a special lunch box treat or fun dessert.

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Yield: 8-12 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

  • 1 whole-wheat or gluten-free pizza crust (homemade or prepared)
  • 2/3 cup vanilla yogurt or non-dairy alternative
  • Leftover candy of your choice, broken into smaller pieces

Instructions

  1. Prepare crust at home or according to package directions.
  2. When the crust has cooled off, pour yogurt on top; spread in an even layer on the crust.
  3. Sprinkle the pizza with candy pieces. Cut into slices and enjoy!

 

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