Some of you have kids that actually bring home their lunch bags and containers. You have a great opportunity to send hot or cold items in a thermos, and suddenly there are so many more options for your kids to take a healthy lunch. Here are some foods we enjoy for lunch, that would be great to take in a thermos:
Pasta Salad: This is my favorite lunch time meal! We use:1/2 cup whole wheat pasta spirals
cherry tomatoes, chopped
green & red bell peppers, chopped
A dressing of olive oil, salt, pepper
Sprinkled with parmesan cheese
Yogurt: Who likes warm, soupy yogurt? Not me! Keep some homemade yogurt, or low sugar yogurt in a thermos to keep it cold.
Smoothies:Green smoothies don’t need to be just for breakfast. Pour some in your thermos and keep it cold in an insulated bag. Just needs a little shaking before lunch and then drink. We use:
1 cup frozen berries
1 cup Orange Juice (Tropicana Premium)
1 cup baby spinach
Juices:One thing we are going to start doing more of is juicing! We’ve got recipes for all kinds of fruit and vegetable juices that I would love to send to school. It would be a great mid-day pick-me-up to get some quickly absorbable nutrients. For starters, try a blend of:
1 cucumber, peeled
1 orange, peeled
1/4″ slice of ginger root
Hot Cereal: Send oatmeal to school! Also try other hot cereals like cream of rice, or cream of wheat.
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 TBL. brown sugar
1 TBL Raisins
Soup :Chicken noodle soup, triple bean soup, tomato soup, broccoli soup, creamy potato soup, black bean soup, chili etc. For chili we use:
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onions
1 clove garlic, minced
1 14.5ounce can of chopped tomatoes, or 2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes.
2-3 cups Red Kidney beans (that you cooked earlier today, remember?)
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1 TBL chili powder
Sprinkle of brown sugar
Drop of Worcestershire sauce.
After browning the ground beef, we put everything else in the pot and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
Swiss Muesli: The night before, assemble ingredients for Swiss Muesliinside the thermos. Place the thermos in the fridge till morning, and you will have the perfect muesli to take to school! We like:
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup milk (or juice)
1 tsp. honey
1/2 banana sliced
1 TBL chopped walnuts
Dips: Consider sending a warm dip like artichoke dip, or a cold dip like hummus
Rice dishes: Chicken fried rice or Mexican rice leftover from the night before. For An easy fried rice, we take
2 cups cooked rice
1 10 ounce bag frozen peas and corn
2 eggs (blended together)
Any leftover chicken or ham
Low sodium Soy sauce
Cook all ingredients together in a skillet until peas and corn are heated through, and eggs are cooked. Sprinkle top with soy sauce for flavor.
Sandwich Fillings:Send some bread or a bun on the side, then fill the thermos with Sloppy Joe (warm), Chicken salad (cold), egg salad(cold). For a quick chicken salad we combine: