With March Break fast-approaching, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to do with the kids for the week. Sure, they have toys and stuff they could do at home, but you know perfectly well you’re going to be hearing an “I’m bored” at least a few times during the break! If you’re looking for a fun and easy activity to do when the kids are at home, then why not get them involved in making lunches? Even better, healthy lunches. That way you can keep their hands busy and teach them a thing or two about nutrition while checking a box off of your to-do list. Everybody wins! Need some inspiration? Check out the following 5 easy and healthy lunch ideas for March Break.
1. 10-Minute Sheet Pan Turkey Melts A hot take on a normally cold lunch! This 10-Minute Sheet Pan Turkey Melts recipe may call for specific ingredients like artisan bread, sliced turkey breast, butter lettuce, and swiss and white cheddar cheese, but it’s easy enough to switch any of these out for everyone’s favorite alternatives. After the kids top one slice of bread with their cheeses and the other with their meats, you simply broil them in the oven for 5-7 minutes, add veggies and condiments, and serve immediately. You may find yourself making these a few times during the break!
2. Sweet Potato Quesadillas If you’re looking for a vegetarian option, then you’ve got to try these Sweet Potato Quesadillas. Your kids can mash and spread the sweet potato and spread it on the tortillas along with some shredded cheddar cheese. And while the recipe doesn’t directly call for it, you may want to consider adding some beans or another source of protein to help fill everyone up. Some kids are practically eating machines!
3. Pesto Chicken Veggie Meatballs Those who enjoy a good pasta for lunch may be interested in some healthy meatballs on the side, like the ones in this Pesto Chicken Veggie Meatball recipe. It calls for a variety of colourful vegetables, like red bell peppers, carrots, and zucchini, in addition to the meat, giving your kids a nice dose of nutrients. They can help prep the vegetables and even roll the meatballs, but make sure they wash their hands. This recipe uses ground chicken, so it could be a good opportunity to teach them about the dangers of salmonella and other foodborne bacteria.
4. Cauliflower Pizza Bites What kid doesn’t like pizza? Opt for a healthier version of a classic favourite by making these Cauliflower Pizza Bites with the kids. You may want to grate the cauliflower, but they can help add the cheese, egg, and other ingredients to the mixture. After forming some small patties, just throw them into the oven, put on your toppings of choice, and bake them for a few more minutes. And there you have it: healthy pizza at home!
5. Lunch Kabobs Your kids may be able to pull this Lunch Kabobs recipe idea off on their own! As long as you provide the skewers, the kids can have fun experimenting with the different suggested recipes or even creating their own combinations. The best thing about this idea is that you don’t need to have any special ingredients on hand - you can probably make do with whatever’s already in the kitchen! Thinking of taking the kids out to lunch instead? Check out our menu at Sõl Kitchen, and consider bringing the family by today!