7 August, 2019
Easy Lunch Recipes For Families On The Go
Preparing lunch for the whole family is not very easy,especially if you want to please every one’s palate. Add to the that the hectic accidents that happen in the morning as everyone gets ready for school and work, and you know that the only way to start the day right is to make sure that you stick to easy recipes that would provide everyone a satisfying but healthy lunch. Anything complex will probably mean late kids or asking them to just eat cafeteria food. Here are some ideas for you, so that you can prepare your family’s lunch in as little time as possible without sacrificing taste and nutrition.
Anything You Want Tortilla Wrap
- 1 whole wheat flour tortilla
- 4 slices pre-grilled or seared turkey breasts (You can substitute anything you want, from skinless chicken breast to ham and roast beef slices.)
1 slice mozzarella cheese
4 thin slices cucumber
4 slices avocado
Layer ingredients on the tortilla. Roll it up and slice the tortilla in half. Wrap each piece with cling wrap to ensure nothing spills. You can just double the number of ingredients to make more. You can also add any veggies like tomatoes, olives, lettuce, and more. Tortilla wraps are perhaps one of the most flexible and easy recipes for lunches, so don’t be afraid to get creative each time you make them.
DIY Banana, PB and J Buns
1 whole-wheat hot dog bun
1 whole ripe banana
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp jam (any flavor your kids like)
1/2 cup assorted chopped nuts and raisins (place in sealed plastic container)
Spread the peanut butter and jam inside the hot dog buns. Place inside your child’s lunchbox along with the unpeeled banana and container full of nuts and raisins. Let your child put together his own lunch at lunchtime simply by peeling the banana, placing it between the bun, and sprinkling with the nuts and raisins.
Easy Yummy Burgers
- 1/2 pound lean ground beef
- 1/2 pound lean ground pork
- 1/2 small onion minced
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 bunch parsley, chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 hamburger buns
- 4 slices tomatoes
- ketchup or mayonnaise
Mix all ingredients (except for buns and tomatoes) in a bowl. Do not add water, the egg and breadcrumbs should make your patties stick together. Fry a small bit of the mix to see if you need to adjust the taste. Add more salt, pepper, or cheese if needed. Shape mixture into patties. If the parties are falling apart, add more breadcrumbs. Fry patties, drain on paper towel and place on buns. Top with tomatoes. You can also top with lettuce, cucumber slices or fried eggs if you wish.
To make sure you don’t run out of time in the morning, prepare the patties before sleeping. Keep the patties in the chiller overnight. Make sure that you don’t freeze them! Fry them in the morning while you prepare the buns.
Super Salads – A Great Child Lunch Recipe Idea
Some kids may not like salads but many do. If your child is anything like my 11 year old son, there is little else he likes more than taking a hearty salad to school.
Below are five of my son’s favorite salad recipes – a pasta and bean salad I refer to as a Tex Mex Salad; our cold version of Pasta Primavera; a bean and bacon salad made with green beans; a broccoli and cauliflower salad with cheese and bacon; and a carrot, raisin and pineapple salad to ensure that he gets his daily quota of fruits and veggies.
I hope your child enjoys the following salad recipes as much as my son does. All the salad recipes are great made ahead the night before and are ideal for grown-up lunches as well.
Tex Mex Salad
- 1 cup small pasta (shells or macaroni)
- 1 mixed beans
- 1 can corn (or 1½ cup of frozen)
- 1/2 cup of each of green and red pepper
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 cup mild salsa
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 tbsp. vinegar
- 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Mix together. Serve with nacho chips. Serves 4.
- Pasta Primavera
- 2 cups pasta, small dried
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 12 cherry tomatoes, quartered
- ¼ cup of water
- ¼ cup frozen peas
- ¼ cup of frozen corn
- 1 tbsp. fresh basil, finely chopped
- ½ cup mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes
Salt and pepper
Boil pasta in sufficient water for about 10 minutes until tender. Drain and rinse in warm water. In a small saucepan, sauté olive oil, onions, and garlic on medium-low heat for approx. 3 minutes. Add cherry tomatoes, frozen peas, corn, and water. Sauté until heated through. Mix in cooked, drained pasta. Let cool. Toss in fresh basil and mozzarella. Portion out in individual containers and salt and pepper to taste.
Green Bean & Bacon Salad
3 cups cooked green beans
2 tbsp. bacon grease
3 slices crisp chopped bacon
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tbsp. sugar
1 medium onion, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
The secret to this recipe is to blend the ingredients with the freshly cooked beans while they’re still hot and then chill prior to packing in your child’s lunch. Serves 3 to 4.
Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad
- 2 cups each of broccoli & cauliflower, chopped
- ½ cup bacon bits
- 1 cup of grated Cheddar cheese
- ¼ cup minced red onion
- 1/3 cup of ranch or Caesar salad dressing
- Combine ingredients. Mix well.
- Carrot, Raisin & Pineapple Salad
- 2 cups carrots, grated
- 1 small can pineapple tidbits, drained
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise or whipped salad dressing.
- Combine ingredients. Chill and serve cold. Serves 3 to 4.
Three Easy But Gourmet Lunch Recipes – Perfect For Entertaining
I love having my girlfriends over for lunch once a month. We always have a good time catching up and enjoying some yummy food. Lunch works out well for us and it’s actually a lot easier to prepare than some fancy dinner. Here are three very simple gourmet lunch ideas that are just perfect for entertaining.
Chicken Salad Croissants
Buy one fresh croissant for each person. Make a batch of your favorite chicken salad. Cut each croissant in half, add some lettuce and tomato on each side, and then scoop some chicken salad on one side and close the sandwich. The lettuce will keep the croissant from getting soggy. Make sure you wash and pat your lettuce leaves dry before adding them.
Grilled Chicken Spinach Salad
Grill some marinated chicken breast the night before. Allow the chicken to cool, slice it and store it in the fridge until lunch the next day. Get a bag of baby spinach and arrange it on a plate for each guest. Add some cherry tomatoes and thin slices of red onion. You may also want to add some roasted red bell peppers (sliced). Top each bed of salad with a few slices of grilled chicken, then drizzle your favorite vinaigrette over the salad and serve. I like to serve this with some fresh French bread.
Waldorf Salad With Chicken Or Turkey
Make a batch of Waldorf salad using your favorite recipe. Then mix in or top it with some oven-roasted chicken or turkey. If you are short on time, pick up a roasted chicken at the grocery store and slice some of the breasts and lay it on top of each serving of the apple salad.