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Happy Saturday! I'm excited to bring you this week's second back-to-school edition of Lovin' from the Oven! This week, we're talking about the lunch box blues. I think most teachers start out with grand plans to take back their lunch period with pre-planned, super appealing, healthy lunch box meals. Inevitably, though, life happens and we find ourselves back in the same old rut of boring lunches, vending machine snacks, and other less-than-exciting menu items that leave us feeling dissatisfied.
With a little planning, preparation, and determination, I'm convinced that this can be the year that you finally take back your lunch game! This week, I mixed things up a bit and asked some of our readers to weigh in on their favorite lunch box ideas. I loved the ideas I received, and I know you will too!
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Ask the Readers: favorite lunch ideas
Ashleah L, California: I love those little 100 calorie Wholly Guacamole dipper packs. You can eat it with chips, put it on a sandwich, lick it off the spoon... it's avocados that don't turn brown by lunchtime!
Leslie D, California: Yogurt and granola is delicious, and you get extra XP if you add fruit! One-pot meals are easy to make, store, and reheat. If the meal doesn’t already have veggies in it, it’s easy to accompany with vegetables like carrots or green beans. And I always recommending adding something sweet, like cookies.
Heather C, Florida: Rice is a super easy way to change up your meal. I like to make Asian-inspired, Italian-inspired, or Mexican-inspired dishes using it. All you have to do is alter your veggie and protein!
Lisa R, New Jersey: I love making cold, Asian noodle salads at night to take for lunch. Overnight oats make a fun lunch too with only minimal night-before prep. String cheese, veggies, crackers, and a handful of Hershey kisses is another quick go-to for me. I also leave cashew milk in the refrigerator at school, and sometimes I pack cereal!
Shannon D, Pennsylvania: Buffalo chicken salad! It's super yummy, easy to make on the weekend (I use rotisserie chicken to make it even easier), and it can be served on a variety of things! (Here's her recipe!)
Amanda C, South Carolina: I like to make something on Sunday and have it for the week, like Crock Pot chicken tacos. I put the chicken in a little Tupperware container, then add shredded cheese, sweet corn, and black beans. That would be my lunch for the week! This year, I plan to make little wraps with low-carb tortillas: ham/turkey and cheese, chicken caesar, etc. Add some grapes or carrots to much on and you've got lunch!
Kristina R, South Carolina: I love chicken salad! It's easy to change a few ingredients to mix it up and get a whole new flavor with minimal prep, or to switch out your bread for something different (think croissants, crackers, wheat bread... the possibilities are endless!). My husband makes a great curried chicken salad; I also highly recommend this Greek yogurt chicken salad from Damn Delicious!
Steph R, United Kingdom: I always make extras for dinner and eat it again the next day. I'm terrible at eating breakfast, so I make sure I always have a good lunch (nothing that takes more than 3 minutes to reheat). Then I feel awesome for the rest of the day!
So, readers, did these ideas get the wheels turning for you? I'd love to know what your lunch goals are for the year. What is your favorite go-to lunch? Let us know in the comments below.
Have a great weekend, and remember to take some time for self-care!
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