Garden-Inspired Back-to-School Lunch Ideas

Preparing for the back-to-school season can be overwhelming with what seems like a never-ending to-do list. However, when it comes to healthy school lunch ideas, use what you have growing in your own garden for a convenient, time-saving option.

Here are some fun, garden-inspired back-to-school lunch ideas for your kids to enjoy.

  • Wrap: Simply select your choice of vegetables and fruits, place on the wrap and roll tightly. Depending on the type of fruits and veggies you use, you can also spread a layer of hummus, yogurt or peanut butter onto the wrap first for added flavor.
  • Salad: Use romaine lettuce, spinach or any other type of leafy green to create a salad. You can mix in other vegetables like tomatoes, carrots or beans, herbs like basil or mint, and even fruits like blueberries or apples for the perfect taste combination.
  • Parfait: Create a parfait by alternately layering a cup or bowl with yogurt and fruit, such as blueberries, strawberries and raspberries, and then topping with granola. Be sure to tightly seal the top of your bowl or cup before packing to prevent any spillage.
  • Hummus & veggies: Use various vegetables from your garden to dip in hummus, like carrots, peppers or cucumbers for a light snack.
  • DIY lunch kit: Instead of buying a ready-to-eat lunch, pre-make it. Lay all ingredients out in a segmented container, allowing your child to put together a sandwich, or even a pasta dish by adding tomato, basil and cheese.

 

The Dirt from Troy-Bilt®

July/August 2014