Think Outside the Lunchbox

Packing lunches day after day can become a drag if you don’t have a strong rotation of flavorful and varied lunch options to work with. These recipes are definitely not the turkey-on-wheat or pb&j you grew up with. Expose your kids to a wider range of awesome flavors, keep their energy running high with whole grains and use lunch as an opportunity to keep them in good nutrition with full servings of fruit and veggies.

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Plum Tabbouleh

3 Guiding StarsWhole-grain bulgur is easy to cook, and tabbouleh is a simple dish with a refreshing flavor. Kids may like this version made with sweet plums better than the traditional tomato-filled version. (3 Guiding Stars)

Curried Chicken Salad

3 Guiding StarsChicken tends to be pretty kid-friendly, but a chicken salad made with mayo is heavy with saturated fats. Sweeten this lighter version with a few golden raisins for an option your family will crave. (3 Guiding Stars)

Spicy Lentil Wraps

2 Guiding StarsMake these wraps as spicy or as mild as your family likes. They’re full of incredibly flavor, either way, with a homemade red pepper paste you’ll want to slather on everything. Which you can, because it’s all veg. (2 Guiding Stars)

Asian Noodle Salad

2 Guiding StarsWhat kid doesn’t love the chance to slurp spaghetti when the parents aren’t looking? Udon can go slimy quickly, so consider replacing the udon with whole wheat spaghetti for a sturdier lunch option. (2 Guiding Stars)

Broccoli Rabe & Orzo Salad

1 Guiding StarTreat yourself to this simple, elegant salad for lunch. To make it a little more appealing to picky eaters, replace the deliciously bitter broccoli rabe with milder baby spinach. (1 Guiding Star)

Greek Pasta Salad

1 Guiding StarGive your kids some control over their lunch by letting them choose their favorite pasta shape. Trust salty olives and scrumptious balsamic to provide a marvelous taste experience. (1 Guiding Star)

Guacamole Chicken Wraps

1 Guiding StarSimple shredded chicken meets up with homemade guacamole for a yummy wrap that will leave your entire family licking their fingers after lunch. (1 Guiding Star)