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Category Archives: Lunchbox Love

Images and descriptions of creative, easy and healthy school lunches to get you thinking “outside of the luncbox”!

Fancy-Pants Leftovers Lunchbox

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Today’s school lunch features the remainders of my second take on a Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Frittata, reheated and popped in the thermos, leftover kale salad, one of those stevia-sweetened yoghurts I can get behind, a Honey & Date Sweetened Oatmeal Muffin from the freezer and fruit.

Pumped Up Pasta

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Today’s packed lunch — Pasta and (Pumped Up) Sauce: Whole grain pasta with a store-bought jarred, sugar-free marinara that I added some chopped spinach & fresh basil to when heating up, then topped with a little feta.

Soup & “Surprise” Wraps

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Soup & “Surprise” (aka “completely random”) Wrap — Italian Barley & Parmesan Crouton Soup and a wrap made with a small whole grain tortilla, local nitrite-free sausage (leftover), grated carrot, cabbage, spinach and some tahini parsley sauce. A peach, some raw veggies, and one of the Honey & Date Sweetened Oatmeal Muffins I made yesterday round it out.

Italian Barley Soup & Quinoa Salad

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Soup & Salad in the lunchboxes today: This is the Italian Barley Soup with Melty Parmesan Croutons that I made a couple weeks ago and froze & the Sesame Ginger Quinoa Salad I’ve been testing this week in my kitchen.

Homemade Lunchables

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Today’s Homemade Lunchables — Cheaper & way healthier: Hard boiled egg, white cheese, homemade Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (from the freezer, recipe on blog), sliced cucumber and fresh sugar peas, local blueberries and plum, homemade nut-free granola and a small yoghurt.

Leftovers Lunchbox

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Best kind of lunchbox for a busy mom? Leftovers! This lunch features leftover Sesame Ginger Quinoa Coleslaw (recipe coming to my blog soon!) with edamame, cold local nitrite-free chicken sausage, berries and homemade Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (right out of the freezer). Easy Peasy!

Make Your Own Parfait Friday

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It’s make your own parfait Friday! Plain yoghurt drizzled with honey and loaded with fresh berries and a side of nut-free homemade granola

Veggie Chili over Quinoa

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During the month of September, I traditionally post my photos and descriptions of what’s REALLY in my own kids’ lunch. All of my lunch posts this month can be found using the “Lunchbox Love” tag on my blog and my Lunchbox Love Pinterest Page, here. Happy first day of school, everyone!

Black Bean & Quinoa Freezer Burritos

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These yummy burritos are perfect for busy nights when you need a grab-and-go dinner or your kids have to eat between activities. They’re also lunchbox-friendly, and can be eaten warmed or cold. Make a big batch, wrap and freeze, then defrost and reheat in the oven or microwave for instant healthy fast food when you need it!

Thinking Outside the Lunchbox: School Lunch Ideas

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My objective this September is to get you thinking “outside the Lunchbox”! Preparation is the key to better, more varied lunches, and the good news is it’s not as hard as you think!

banana chocolate chia breakfast cookies

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Great news! Breakfast cookies are a thing, and these just happen to be gluten, dairy & and refined sugar-free, but somehow still decadent enough to eat for dessert! Safe for the lunchbox, they also make a terrific recess snack.

black bean burrito bowls (rice cooker)

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Easiest dinner ever! It cooks up in one pot (the rice cooker or slow cooker) making cleanup a breeze. It will take about 45-50 minutes in a rice cooker. Eat it straight from the bowl or wrap it up burrito-style!

honey & date sweetened oatmeal muffins

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These perfectly moist & sweet muffins are 100% whole grain and contain no refined sugar. Nut-free, they’re perfect for school lunches and freeze well. Bet you can’t eat just one!

chocolate chip banana bread

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My kids love this healthier banana bread! I throw it in their lunches with dried fruit, a yoghurt, and carrot sticks on the side for a healthy lunch. A simple and healthy “treat” recipe, it’s is dairy-free, contains no refined sugar, and is made with 100% whole grain flour.

“Triple” Chocolate Cookies

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Let the Official Week of All Things Chocolate (and “healthier”) begin! Can you believe the secret ingredients in these delicious nuggets of chocolatey goodness is white beans? The ingredient list may be surprising, but my kids absolutely go crazy for these cookies. They are really good. (And flourless and gluten-free.) In case you were about to cry […]

Mama’s Little Helper (Crockpot)

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This is my best kick at a healthy, tasty homemade crockpot version of Hamburger Helper. My son loves this so much he has learned to make it from start to finish himself, so now we jokingly refer to him as “Mama’s Little Helper”.

Comfort Food Lunchbox

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Today’s Lunchbox: Lemon Basil Tomato Soup (recipe on blog, here: easy and delish, one of my most popular recipes), homemade Sweet P Biscuit (100% whole grain, recipe will be up on blog this week), strawberries, hard boiled egg and a Grizzly Paw from the freezer (p. 124 of my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families).

Tex-Mex Lunchbox

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Today’s Tex-Mex school lunch: Leftover Cowpoke Chili (easy, non-spicy veggie chili at p. 71 of my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families), low-salt organic tortilla chips, seed and raisin mix, local apple. (Chili made enough for last night’s dinner, today’s lunches, and two future school lunches (frozen in, you guessed it, mason jars!)

Soup, Salad & A Biscuit

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Soup, Salad & Biscuit Lunch: Frozen Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup reheated this morning, leftover kale salad (try the simple & delicious Krazy Kale Salad in my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families at p. 82), homemade whole grain tea biscuit from dinner last night (try the Georgia Buns at p. 88 of my cookbook) and an apple.

Pumped-Up Pasta Lunch

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This school lunch comes together quickly on a rushed morning: Leftover whole grain pasta is mixed with jarred natural spaghetti sauce (look for no added sugars). I pumped up the sauce with some chopped spinach and frozen edamame (beans: protein) while heating it up on the stove. Apple chips (dehydrated apples), local peppers, baby carrots and local plums round out the lunch.

pita pockets & popcorn

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This balanced school lunch includes a 1/2 whole wheat pita stuffed with a little lettuce and about 1/3 c. of my Smashed Chickpea Salad (you can find recipe on my blog, here), which is a twist on tuna or egg salad, takes 5 min to throw together. A peeled local carrot (why cut into tiny pieces, when kids live to chomp on a whole carrot?), plum and some leftover popcorn from last night (popped on stove in coconut oil: YUM!).

A “Lunchable” You Can Live With!

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I pack deli-box style lunches all the time. They’re easy, because they don’t involve a “main course”, just a random assortment of smaller, healthy items, in this case: a Good Morning Muffin (frozen, will defrost in the punchbag by noon, recipe at p. 33 of my cookbook, Real Food For Real Families), a hardboiled egg, some white cheddar cheese, whole wheat pita triangles, local cucumber & peach slices, a plum, and about a 1/4 c. of mixed seeds (for some healthy fat).

Pasta Salad Days!

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This lunchbox features leftover cold pasta tossed with leftover roasted veggies and a little pesto sauce (but you could use any healthy salad dressing). If you’re looking for an easy pesto recipe, you can try my Popeye Pesto (in my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families at p. 74) or my Kale Pesto

Sweet “Suntella” & Strawberry Sandwich

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This lunchbox contains a favourite treat in my house, a “Suntella” and sliced strawberry sandwich. The Suntella is a school-safe, healthier version of Nutella that you can quickly whip up at home from basic ingredients, including sunflower seed butter, cocoa, honey. The recipe can be found at p. 44 of my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families. Along with the sandwich, I’ve added a local pear and some sliced raw veggies to round out the lunchbox.

Breakfast for Lunch(Box)!

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Think outside of the lunchbox!  Overnight oats assemble in 3 minutes the night before, soften overnight in the fridge, and pop into the lunchbox in the morning.  So easy, and kids love the idea of breakfast for lunch!  This lunch features my Strawberry Sunflower Mason Jar Mornings recipe, with a few blueberries thrown in for good […]

chewy cocoa granola bars

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These are a simple, lower sugar, wholegrain, gluten and nut-free treat. Perfect for the lunchbox or with an afternoon cup of tea. Trust me, a touch of cocoa and a few chocolate chips go a long way when you add just a dash of love!

Love Your Leftovers Lunchbox

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A great way to keep variety in your lunches is to plan for leftovers by making extra the night before.  In this lunch, I heated up extra veggies that I roasted the for the previous night’s dinner, along with refrigerated pre-cooked pasta and a little jarred natural spaghetti sauce from the store to make a healthy Roasted […]