Back to school means back to packing lunches, and the last thing you want to hear from your kids is “PB&J/ham and cheese/tuna again?” But, as annoying as it is, we see their point: These stalwart sandwiches get old after a while.
So, whether you’re looking for fresh ideas, your family has gone paleo or gluten-free or you're simply out of bread right now (happens to the best of us), try one of these no-bread options. The kids won’t even miss it.
Bits and Kabobs
You may associate kabobs with summer barbecues, and if you’ve still got those going on during back-to-school season, great. If not, rescue extra wood skewers by breaking them in half and spearing the meat of your choice (sautéed chicken breasts or thighs, cubed deli meats and beef all work), Applegate Naturals® American-Style Colby Cheese and kid-friendly raw veggies like cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. Repeat until the skewer is covered and with each skewer thereafter. Pack with a small container of mustard, balsamic vinaigrette or other favorite sauce for dipping.
Omelets are not only a breakfast food. You can actually use them in lieu of bread to create a lunchtime “wrap.” Start by preparing your omelet in a nonstick pan, adding any grated cheese, chopped veggies and herbs you like. Let cool. Lay non-GMO Applegate Organics® Oven Roasted Turkey Breast atop the omelet and roll up. Wrap in parchment paper for less-messy eating.
Ants on a Tree Ring
Peanut butter and raisins never go out of style. Instead of serving them as a snack on celery, use these ingredients as the filling for a meal of mini apple “sandwiches.” Core an apple and slice into rounds half an inch thick. Spread peanut butter on one round, sprinkle on raisins and close with a similar-size round. Repeat until you have enough sandwiches — you may need another apple.
Let creamy, healthy-fat-filled avocados take the place of potatoes as a delicious base for any hearty filling. Slice an avocado in half and carefully remove the pit with a sharp knife. Stuff with beans and chopped tomatoes and drizzle with salsa or sour cream for a taco-like veggie option. For a protein-rich version, fill with chicken salad, tuna salad or egg salad.
Deviled Eggs With Hummus
You don’t have to wait until Easter for a more wholesome take on deviled eggs. Simply hard-boil eggs, peel and cut in half. Remove yolks and mix them with your favorite ingredients — mustard, vinegar, spices — to create the filling, swapping in hummus where the recipe calls for mayonnaise. Use a teaspoon to refill the egg whites, and pack them with a side of veggies (sliced peppers, baby carrots, celery, grape tomatoes etc.) and hummus.
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