Bookmark This: EZ Meal Ideas That Aren't Sandwiches
If you’ve stumbled across this blog, we would like to happily help you off of the Lunchtime Packing Struggle Bus! It can be tough to pack a lunch every single day for each of your kids while keeping it delicious, interesting, fun, different, and also as healthy as possible. Sandwiches are always an easy go-to, and, while there is no shame in the sandwich game, chances are your kiddo is probably just as sick of them as you are of making them. We’ve compiled a list of some EZ meal ideas for the week that are not sandwiches, including some great lunchboxes to pack them in (and even cook them in!). Keep reading for our tips, and make this week an easy one!
What To Pack Them In
Making lunchtime fun can mean packing it all in something new, just as much as mixing up your menu. We have two great lunchboxes to choose from, and one of them you can even cook in!
Flexnlock Kids have practical use and fun at the same time, offering a new experience of lunchbox for family members. Made with Platinum Silicone, this material does not require plasticizers for its pliability. It's pure and heat resistant, so you can stop worrying about chemicals leaching into food when warming food. In addition, The Flexnlock FlexBox Set is perfectly leak-proof without a rubber seal! The FlexPlate inside is made with platinum material, and FlexBox is made with ABS to be long-lasting. Together, they are specially designed to work to leak-proof seal without the need for a rubber gasket, and everything is detachable and super easy to clean!
The best part? The FlexPlate is Microwavable & Oven Safe! The tray is made with heat-resistant & BPA-Free platinum grade silicone. Simply remove the tray and reheat. Safe for oven use and safe to microwave, making meal prep easier than ever. Prep their meal the night before while you’re making dinner right into the lunchbox, store in the fridge overnight, reheat in the morning, and send them on their way!
Innobaby's Keepin' Fresh Stainless Steel Snack Box is a SMART food storage solution for home and on the go. Great for storing sandwiches, pasta, veggies, and more, our unique divided design keeps food separated and mess-free. The double-lined wall keeps food cold or warm up to 2 times longer than standard containers while acting as a protective shell to protect little hands from extreme temperatures.
The airtight hinged lid is a snap to open and close, seals in freshness, and is simple enough for toddlers and small children to use. The perfectly portioned stainless steel bentos are easy-to-wash too, thanks to the removable stainless insert. Top rack dishwasher safe. Innobaby's Keepin' Fresh Bentos are also freezer-safe, BPA-free, phthalate-free, PVC-free, and lead-free.
The original Innobaby Stainless Steel Container is made of the highest quality, food-grade 304 stainless steel (18/10 stainless) in South Korea. The airtight, leakproof lids seal in the freshness to keep food fresher for longer. The double wall design means food stays warm or cold longer than traditional snack containers or sandwich bags (2 times longer!)
Our rectangular snack boxes make a great alternative to classic sandwich bags because they are washable and reusable, eliminating excess waste. Ideal for zero waste school lunches. The best part for parents? All parts can be separated for easy washing! It’s top-rack dishwasher safe; however, due to the nature of different materials used in this product, hand washing is recommended to extend use. When freezing, fill the container 2/3 of the way since foods will expand once frozen.
EZ Meal Ideas For The Week That Aren’t Sandwiches
Breakfast For Lunch
Who doesn’t love breakfast at odd times of the day? One thing is for sure: Your kiddo will love the surprise! Here are a few ways to pack Breakfast For Lunch this week, or combine them all together in one lunchbox for the ultimate smorgasbord:
- Quick and easy quiches you can bake the night before in mini muffin trays—just beat some eggs, toss in some cheese and veggies, then bake!
- Bagel and cream cheese
- Yogurt and granola with fruit
- Turkey bacon
Most people love Mexican food, and what is not to love? All of the essential food groups are mixed together in a delicious way with awesome dipping sauces. Give your kiddo a quesadilla, build-your-own-taco box, or easy frozen taquitos with some salsa, guacamole, and sour cream on the side. Pair with some chips, a salad, and some fruit—maybe even sprinkle some Tajin on top if they don’t mind a little heat!
Zucchini bread is not only delicious and sweet, but it is also a very sneaky way to get your kids some veggies. Give your little one some chunks of zucchini bread, or make them in muffin form, and give them their regular favorite sides. It's not only delicious and filling, but you can rest easy knowing they are some veggies today.
Hot or Cold Tortellini
The good news about tortellini is that it tastes good whether it is warmed up or cold! Toss some in your FlexBox and bake in the morning, or put in your fridge overnight, and give to your kiddo for a perfectly delicious lunch that you don’t have to stress about. Put the sauce on the side to let your kiddo dip each tortellini or toss themselves for an extra fun lunch experience.
Think of it as a Kid’s Charcuterie Plate or DIY Lunchable! Slice up some deli meat, pepperoni, salami, cheese, and crackers or bread, toss in some condiment packets, and let your little one’s imagination run wild. Take it up a notch and cut them into fun shapes so they can mix and match! Pair it all with some fruit, yogurt, or a quick side salad for a fun and filling lunch.
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