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5 Easy & Cheap School Lunches Ideas on a Budget

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Now that we’re getting back into the swing of the school year, you’re back to making daily lunches. Even if kids are schooling remotely, lunches still need to be prepped in order to set a routine. If your kids are back at school, they need ready-to-go lunch boxes to take with them. It may seem like a tedious task that can lack creativity and take up time, but don’t fret. We’ve come up with some easy and balanced lunches that won’t break the bank.

1. Fun & Creative Rollups

Play up the ordinary sandwich with some rollups. Grab your favorite deli meat and cheese, place it on a tortilla wrap, roll it, and cut it up into wheels. This fun alternative pairs great with fresh cucumber slices, apple slices, and pretzels. You can also do this with peanut butter and jelly!

2. Easy (and Healthy) Pizza

This go-to homemade pizza is simple to make. Take a piece of pita bread (white or whole wheat) and spread some pizza or pasta sauce onto it. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese and then pop it into the preheated toaster oven to bake. Once it's done, package it in a container with some toppings your kids can put on themselves, such as pepperoni slices.

 3. DIY Taco Box

A do-it-yourself lunch kit is a fun way to keep your kids busy and eating during lunch time. It’s great because you can also use any meat or leftover sides you have from a previous dinner to make an innovative lunch. Shred any leftover beef, chicken, or pork (or vegetables) and place it with some shredded cheese. You can incorporate lettuce, salsa, or anything else your kid likes. Separate the tortillas from the ingredients so they don’t get soggy.

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4. Breakfast for Lunch

Breakfast is an important meal, and if you have leftovers from the morning, don’t be shy to have your kids eat it again (especially if they love it). Pancakes can make for a great source of complex carbs and protein with the right ingredients. Adding ingredients such as bananas and oatmeal can enhance flavor and even taste good reheated! Add some syrup and some different fruit to change the taste a bit.

 5. Less Carbs, More Protein

Cutting the bread out of sandwiches can help reduce carb intake. Boil some eggs and cut them in halves, and pair them with deli meat like turkey or ham. Add some veggies and fruit to the lunchbox and you’ve got yourself a quick and healthy fully-packed lunch.

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