25 Healthy and Easy Homeschool Lunch Ideas


I’m on a mission to make homeschool lunches easier this year. To not have lunch be an afterthought.  To not have the same thing over and over again. To have a list I can pull from for days we are at home and days we are out and about.  To make a healthy lunch every day for my kids. Healthy and easy homeschool lunch ideas. Are you with me? 25 Healthy and Easy Homeschool Lunch Ideas | Creekside Learning

Lunch Ideas for Days When You Are At Home 

These ideas involve some cooking.  These are all main dishes. My kids can grab fresh fruit and/or fresh cut-up veggies (do the cutting once a week and have it ready to go) and a drink.

Quick and Easy Tortellini Meatball Soup | Creekside Learning  

Lunch Ideas for Days When You Are On-The-Go

Of course, these work for at home, too. They just happen to be portable.

  • Chicken salad with leftover roasted or grilled chicken alone or as a sandwich 
  • Lunchmeat and cheese rolled up in a lettuce wrap
  • Cheese and crackers 
  • Stuffed pita pockets with tuna salad

Lunch On The Go | Creekside Learning

  • Freezer smoothies with yogurt, fruit and veggies. Freeze small portions of smoothies. Defrost in fridge or lunch box. 
  • Healthy muffins: Zucchini, carrot, etc. Throw in greens. Freeze them in a big ziplock bag. Ready to go.
  • Homemade uncrustables and freeze them 
  • Bagel and cream cheese
  • Skewer lunches 
  • Hummus with pita bread and raw veggies
  • Hard-boiled eggs alone or in egg-salad sandwiches

 Tips and Tricks

  • Make thing like hard-boiled eggs for lunch while you make breakfast or the night before. 
  • Prep leftovers during dinner clean-up to be ready for lunch the next day. Dice chicken into cubes for chicken salad.
  • Double your dinner so that you have lunch portions to freeze or for the next day.
  • If you cook in batches and freeze dinner items, freeze lunchtime portions, too. Chili, spaghetti sauce, meatballs, soups, pizza dough, etc.
  • If you make meat balls, make mini ones. My kids love these. Every few months, my husband makes homemade meatballs and we make and freeze them. The mini meatballs are the size of large marbles. We throw them in soups, make them for lunch on their own or put them on top of pasta or rice. A quick and easy protein option. 

On The Side

Pair each of the above dishes with:

  • A side of fruit
  • A side of fresh veggies
  • A healthy drink. We’ve recently added Capri Sun 100% Juice and Capri Sun Super V Fruit and Vegetable Juice Drink to our lunch options.  I like that both these products have no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives and the kids like that it tastes good. 

 Capri Sun pouches now have a clear bottom. They are available in four varieties:

  • Capri Sun Juice Drink
  • Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters Flavored Water Beverage
  • Capri Sun 100% Juice
  • Capri Sun Super V Fruit and Vegetable Juice Drink

 Capri Sun with clear bottom  For more information, visit the Capri Sun parents page and the Capri Sun Facebook Page.  What quick and healthy lunch does your family enjoy?

Easy Lunch Recipes for Kids : Tortellini Meatball Soup

This quick and delicious soup is one of our family’s favorite lunches to make on days that we are home, and makes a fast and tasty dinner for evenings when we are short on prep time. There are more easy lunch recipes for kids coming on Creekside Learning. Be sure to follow the Creekside Learning Facebook Page or our main Pinterest board so you don’t miss any of these great recipes. 

Quick and Easy Tortellini Meatball Soup | Creekside Learning

 

Tortellini Meatball Soup
A quick, easy and delicious meal for lunch or dinner.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 to 4 cups chicken broth
  2. 1 package cheese tortellini
  3. 1.5 cups meatballs (mini meatballs or whole meatballs cut into quarters)
  4. 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  5. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  6. Sprinkle of Parmesan cheese (optional)
Instructions
  1. Boil water for tortellini. Cook tortellini according to package directions and drain.
  2. In a separate pot, bring chicken broth to a boil.
  3. Add shredded carrots.
  4. Sprinkle dried oregano.
  5. Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes, until carrots are tender.
  6. Add meatballs and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, to heat meatballs, a bit longer if they were frozen.
  7. Put tortellini in a bowl and ladle the soup over top.
  8. Sprinkle parmesan cheese.
Notes
  1. If you make meatballs from scratch, make a batch of miniature meatballs and freeze. They are great for soups like this, or for a fun meal for kids with pasta and sauce. No mini meatballs? No worries. You can use regular sized meatballs (in the frozen foods section of the grocery store) and cut them into quarters for this recipe.
  2. You can also throw in some diced celery, frozen or fresh peas, and greens, such as kale, if you want to increase the veggie content of this soup.
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We usually serve this soup with a side of fruit and a chunk of crusty bread.

Tortellini Meatball Soup for an easy lunch or dinner

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Healthy Kid Snacks: Chocolate Zucchini Muffins {Gluten Free & Sugar Free}

GlutenFree SugarFree Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

These are quick and easy and a big hit with the kids. My kids don’t generally eat gluten free, but I do, so when I find something they love that I can eat, too, it’s a keeper.  And, these muffins truly taste like cupcakes. I don’t even miss the frosting—the mini chocolate chips add a gooeyness that put these over the top.  [Read more...]

Easy Peasy Gingerbread Houses

Milk carton gingerbread houses.

These milk carton gingerbread houses are so easy to make.  They are quick and fun, an activity that we were first introduced to when my kids were younger and attended a weekly play group. We’ve been making them ever since.

You will need:
***A pint sized carton (or cut a quart sized carton in half)
***Graham crackers
***Spreadable frosting
***Candy

Start with a half-pint carton and a stack of graham crackers.  [Read more...]

How to Make Cough Drop Lollipops

cough drop lollipops

How to Make Cough Drop Lollipops

  1. Check the package of your favorite cough drops to make sure they are safe for your child.
  2. Cover a baking sheet with foil, then parchment.
  3. Place cough drops in pairs on the parchment.
    cough drops to melt into lollipops
  4. Leave spaces for lollipop sticks.
  5. Bake at 275 degrees for 8 to 9 minutes.
  6. Remove baking sheet from oven and immediately roll lollipop sticks into melted cough drops.
    cough drop lollipops DIY
  7. Let cool.
  8. Wrap individually in a cupcake wrapper.
    cupcake wrapper around cough drop lollipop

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