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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

black bean burrito bowls (rice cooker)

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

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!

“Triple” Chocolate Cookies

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 […]

Comfort Food Lunchbox

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

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

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

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

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!

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!

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

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)!

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 […]

Love Your Leftovers Lunchbox

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 […]

Veggie Sandwich Love

This simple, yet healthy school lunch features: a wholegrain sandwich made with cream cheese, shredded carrot, cucumber & avocado slices, a local apple & blueberries and a healthy treat, my newest Chewy Cocoa Granola Bars (recipe soon to be posted on my blog).

Grizzly Paws and Noodle Soup

This balanced school lunch features: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup (have you tried Mama’s Chicken Soba Soup at p. 56 of my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families?), local carrots, grape tomatoes, strawberries and plum and as a healthier treat, a homemade Grizzly Paw (p. 124 cookbook, made in advance and frozen, it will defrost by lunchtime).

Perfect Parfait Lunch

This thinking “outside the lunchbox” lunch features: Plain greek yoghurt with frozen blueberries (keep yoghurt cool but defrost by lunch), a side of Basic Birkenstock Granola (from my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families at p. 30), whole grain pita triangles (cut them quickly with kitchen scissors!), a hard-boiled egg and raw veggies (local cukes and carrots). Kids love to make their own parfaits at lunchtime!

Deli Lunchbox

This healthy deli-box style lunch features: Double Dip & Holy “Guadamame” (from my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families at pp. 92 & 93, both a source of healthy protein & fat ), carrot and celery sticks, and broccoli for dipping (complex carbs), pre-cooked cubed chicken (more protein) and Free Range Goldfish, an easy homemade additive-free cracker (more complex carbs & fibre, p.100 cookbook). Both dips can be made in advance and frozen (use an ice cube tray for perfect single-serving portions!)

Dip, Dip, and Double Dip!

This balanced lunchbox features: Yummus Hummus & Tasty Tzatziki (from my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families at pp.90 & 97, both a source of healthy protein & fat ), bell pepper, carrot and celery sticks, broccoli and Pita Party Chips (cookbook: p. 109) for dipping (complex carbs), and Garbanzo Gobble, a simple, yummy roasted chickpea snack (more protein & fibre, p.111 cookbook).