After-school lunches should ideally be nutritious, delicious, and easy to prepare. Here are ten ideas to consider:
- Turkey and Cheese Roll-Ups:
Roll slices of turkey and cheese together, securing them with toothpicks. Add some whole-grain crackers and a side of fruit or veggies.
- Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup:
Prepare a classic grilled cheese sandwich and pair it with a warm bowl of tomato soup. It's a comforting and satisfying meal.
- Vegetable Quesadillas:
Fill whole-grain tortillas with sautéed vegetables and cheese. Serve with salsa or guacamole for dipping.
- Pasta Salad:
Toss cooked pasta with vegetables, protein (like grilled chicken or chickpeas), and a light dressing. Chill and serve cold.
- Hummus and Veggie Wraps:
Spread hummus on a whole-grain wrap and add a variety of fresh vegetables. Roll it up and slice it into smaller portions.
- Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps:
Make a chicken salad using grilled chicken, Greek yogurt, celery, and spices. Serve the chicken salad in lettuce leaves.
- Mini Bagel Pizzas:
Top mini bagels with tomato sauce, cheese, and your favorite toppings like veggies, pepperoni, or ham. Bake until the cheese is melted.
Blend together fruits, yogurt, milk, or juice to make a nutritious smoothie. Include spinach or kale for an extra health boost.
- Stuffed Bell Peppers:
Fill halved and hollowed-out bell peppers with a mixture of cooked ground meat (or meat substitute), rice, and veggies. Bake until tender.
- Chicken or Tofu Skewers:
Skewer pieces of grilled chicken or tofu, along with colorful bell peppers and cherry tomatoes. Serve with a side of dipping sauce.