School Lunch Recipes

Thai Chicken Salad {Recipe}

Turn leftover chicken into chicken salad with Thai flavors, juicy sweet grapes, and crunch from slivered almonds.  Chicken salad has never been my thing. Growing up kosher, it wasn’t an option for me at the diner or deli, plus mayo-laden salads skeeve me out a bit. Don’t get me wrong – I see the appeal of chicken salad, and it…

Get in the Game with School Lunch

Teach kids the importance of balancing what they eat with physical activity by celebrating this year’s National School Lunch Week theme “Get in the Game.”  Post was written by Tiana Yom, MPH, CHES Schools have been back in session for a couple of months now and everyone knows how important it is for kids to be properly fueled to make it…

Veggie & Bean Quinoa Bites {Recipe ReDux}

 Gluten-free and nut-free Veggie & Bean Quinoa Bites are packed with protein and fiber, making them the perfect centerpiece of your children’s lunchbox.  Bars & Bites for Brown Bags Whether you pack your lunch in a bento box, a brown bag or a retro cartoon character lunch box, don’t forget the bars and bites. Small squares or round bites can…

Lightened Up Macaroni and Cheese

Lightened-Up Macaroni and Cheese is so creamy, cheesy, ooey, and gooey that you’d never know it’s better for you! Pin the Recipe You may not believe me, but lightened-up macaroni and cheese does exist, and I am going to tell you how. But before I do, let me fill you in on my love of mac n cheese. As a child, a…

Sriracha Black Bean Burgers {Recipe ReDux}

Sriracha Black Bean Burgers are a fiber- and protein-filled vegan dish with a kick! Put an egg on it, top with guacamole, and serve with a side salad or vegetable to round out the meal! Although it already passed, this month’s Recipe ReDux theme is in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. A Play on Patties While St. Patty’s Day will be over…

Mushroom Onion Quiche {Recipe}

As I mentioned yesterday, Sunday brunch is one of my favorite meals. It’s not so much about what’s served (although who doesn’t like traditional brunch foods?!) as it is about the calm and relaxation of a Sunday morning spent with friends and family without the rush of a weekday meal. Now that we have kids, Sunday brunch isn’t the same…

Greek Frittata {Recipe}

For someone who wasn’t the biggest egg lover, I’ve certainly been making a lot of egg recipes lately. For some reason, since the birth or my girls 16 months ago, I have a newfound liking of eggs – but only in certain forms. One of said forms is the frittata. I have been experimenting with various types of frittatas, including…

National School Lunch Week 2011

As you probably know by now, I have a passion for childhood nutrition — teaching kids about nutrition and helping them make nutritious choices that are still delicious! This week happens to be National School Lunch Week, the theme of which is “School Lunch — Let’s Grow Healthy.” The theme and activities that go along with it will help students…

Einkorn Pasta with Red Pepper Tomato Sauce

After many nights in a row of cooking, I often have the urge to order in or go out to dinner. Last week I was feeling that way, but then I saw that I had asparagus and broccoli in the fridge – I couldn’t just let them spoil, so I decided to cook one more night. I wasn’t going out…

What’s For Lunch? Part 3

Now that you’re aware of the best lunch choices for your kids at school, let’s move on to packing a healthy brown-bag lunch.  The same food groups that kids should fill their plates with at school should be packed for them at home. The benefit of sending them off to school with a pre-made lunch, is that they will be…

What’s For Lunch? Part 2

Yesterday I shared with you the top ten foods kids purchase in the cafeteria versus what they bring from home. It was certainly a mixed bag of healthy choices (like fruit, vegetables, and milk) and less wholesome ones (like french fries, salty snacks, and pizza). I was actually pleasantly surprised to see that the top 5 foods purchased at schools…