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7 Make-Ahead School Lunch Ideas

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This past summer just flew by. Every week was so full of fun and adventure with the kids. And now they are already back in school already. They started last Thursday and they were so excited to get back to school and meat new teachers, new friends and catch up with old buddies. 

This is the first full week of school so yesterday I tried to do some pre-planning to make the school week more smooth. I decided to make-ahead all the lunches for the week yesterday. This we’ll have more time in the week for other things like homework or just playing after school in the backyard!

If I wait till the last minute to make lunches, the kids will inevitably be getting peanut butter sandwiches or peanut butter and jelly if they’re lucky. But with a little pre-planning on my part, I can get a bit more creative. 

So this week I’ve made 7 different school lunches for everyone to choose from!

Here I have chicken nuggets from frozen that I’ve cooked and cooled. I then package them with fruit and some bell pepper strips.  You could also use prepared chicken strips or leftover fried chicken. Add leftover fast food dips if you’re kids like it too! Kids love fried chicken!

In the second container above I have cheese quesadillas I’ve cooked and cooled and packaged with fresh fruit. I love quesadillas because you can make them with just cheese, cheese and beans, or whatever you have on hand!

Next I have peanut butter sandwiches. You can use any type of nut butter, or a no nut butter if that’s what your kid needs! These are fast, easy and delicious when paired with fresh fruit. 

In the bottom container I have meat and cheese roll-ups made with tortillas. All kids love these. You can make them with cream cheese, dip or salad dressing. Pair them veggies and trail mix for a filling lunch. 

Next I have a simple wrap made with deli meat, lettuce and tomato. I like to add leftover fast food sauce or mayonnaise packs with the lunch. I pair this with crunchy carrots for a better-for-you lunch. You can make wraps with just about anything from leftover meats to leftover salads. They are super versatile!

Next I have a pita pocket made with deli meat, lettuce and tomato. Pita pockets are great for kids because you can fill them with whatever you like and they’re easy to hold! Pair a pita pocket with something crunchy too like celery sticks. 

And for a quick and easy lunch, just make a fresh sandwich with lettuce, tomato and leftover roast chicken or deli meat. This is always a crowd pleaser! I like to also add a leftover fast food sauce or mayonnaise pack to these sandwiches too, that way the bread doesn’t get soggy. 

Remember with all these make ahead meals to not add any sauce or condiments so nothing gets soggy. Leftover fast-food packets are great to save. You can also buy those sauce, mayonnaise or mustard packets online too!

I also love to include Hershey’s® 2% Chocolate Shelf Stable Milk with school lunches. It’s delicious and easy for kids! And it’s so convenient for me. I can stock up my pantry with it, and have it ready to go for school lunches by refrigerating it the night before. 

Hershey’s® 2% Chocolate Shelf Stable Milk also makes a delicious after-school treat too! My kids love to have it with fresh fruit as a snack after school. It’s a great way to recharge! 

Did you know that Hershey’s® 2% Chocolate Shelf Stable Milk lasts for 13 months too? There’s no worry about it expiring like fresh milk. You can store it at room temperature in your pantry! It’s Grade A 2% reduced fat rBST free milk. 

When you’re ready to use it, just refrigerate the night before then it’s ready for school lunches, snacks and after school treats too! It’s also fun to take to athletic field events for the kids too! 

Hershey’s® 2% Chocolate Shelf Stable Milk is made with real Hershey’s cocoa. It’s extremely convenient and is ready to drink after refrigerated. It also has an easy to recluse cap instead of a straw. 

You can find Hershey’s® 2% Chocolate Shelf Stable Milk (12 pack) at Publix in the coffee and tea aisle. 

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One Response to “7 Make-Ahead School Lunch Ideas”

  1. Passade — August 14, 2019 @ 8:37 am

    Thank you for sharing such tasty & unique recipes with us. Keep sharing!

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