Back-to-school season is upon us! Time to break out the new school supplies and get back into the regular school year routine. During the busy time of year, healthy homemade meals can take a hit. Families are adjusting to new schedules and it can be harder to eat breakfast before heading out the door for school, pack healthy lunchboxes, curb after-school cravings before soccer practice or get a home-cooked meal on the table in the evening.
Four years ago, at Produce for Kids, we decided to start the Power Your Lunchbox Pledge to help parents pack healthy lunchboxes with ease. We pulled together lunchbox-friendly recipes that were easy to assemble, could be prepped ahead of time or were a healthier spin on store bought boxed lunches. We encouraged families to start the school year off right by taking the Power Your Lunchbox Pledge to eat a healthier lunch.
For every pledge taken, a collective $1 is donated by our partners to Feeding America. Since we launched four years ago, over 60,000 families and classrooms have taken the pledge helping us donate nearly 600,000 meals to families in need through Feeding America.
Now, we know what you’re thinking. Onions in a lunchbox? And while they might not be your typical lunchbox fruit or veggie, like baby carrots or grapes, there are tons of ways to include this delicious veggie! Here are 7 of our favorites:
Meatball Orzo Soup – Just reheat this in the morning before adding to the thermos and a warm meal will be ready at lunchtime. Make an extra batch of the meatballs to freeze for easy meals later.
Wonton Taco Cups – Cook up lean ground beef with onions, peppers, tomato and cilantro for these perfectly-portioned taco cups. Make a batch for easy lunchboxes all week.
Chicken Veggie Wraps – Use leftover cooked chicken, a few veggies and ranch dressing for a bite-sized wrap kids will love.
Kid-Friendly Lunchbox Empanadas – Get the kids in the kitchen to help prep these easy empanadas for a week’s worth of delicious lunchboxes!
Mac n Cheese Muffins – kids can’t resist mac n cheese! Why not add a few veggies, like onions, carrots and broccoli, and bake into muffin-sized portions?
One-Pot Healthy Turkey Skillet – move over boxed dinners, this one-pot meal makes dinnertime easy! Plus, leftovers are perfect for packing in a thermos for lunch.
Vegan Greek Pita – here’s a veggie-packed spin on classic sandwiches with hummus as a plant-based protein.