Whether you’re starting third grade or senior year, these lunch ideas will make the midday meal a lot more interesting - and they’re all super customizable!
Buddha bowls are an easy way to get more veggies into your diet. Just fill a lunch container with cooked rice or quinoa, and chop up desired veggies and meat/tofu to put on top. For a dressing, you can use hummus, hot sauce, or really anything you want!
This is a great recipe if you want to make a huge batch and freeze some for later. Saute ground beef in a large pot with some garlic. Then, add some chopped-up carrots and onion and saute. Add in one can of black beans and one can of pinto beans, and one diced fresh tomato.
For seasoning, add in cumin, salt, pepper, Mexican chili powder, and garlic powder. You can pack this chili in a thermos to take to work or school.
This is a fun variation on the BLT. Fill a tortilla with bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado. You can also add mayo, mustard, or any other fillings you want. It's super easy, and way more interesting than a regular BLT.
When you can’t afford to go out and buy sushi, just make a (super easy) variation of it for lunch! For a simplified sushi rice, add a little bit of rice vinegar, a dash of maple syrup, and some sesame seeds to cooked rice. Next, add a layer of seaweed on top of the rice, followed by some slices of avocado, carrots, cucumber and your choice of seafood.
(Obviously we don’t recommend using raw fish if you’re making it yourself. Cause, salmonella.)
For the peanut sauce, blend together peanut butter, water, soy sauce, about a thumb-sized amount of ginger, a splash of maple syrup for sweetness, and a dash of cayenne pepper for spice. Just mix the sauce into the rice noodles, and you can add whatever veggies you like on top...green onions, bean sprouts, sauteed broccoli, etc. You can even add some chicken or tofu on top as well.
Cook your pasta (hint: those spiral noodles are the best). Chop up tomato, cucumber, kalamata olives, avocado and bell pepper and toss into a serving bowl. Next, mix your pasta in and add feta cheese if desired. For a dressing, add olive oil, garlic, dill, a dash of cayenne pepper, lemon juice and some vinegar and mix!
Because Mexican food = life. All you really need for this one is a layer of rice or quinoa and your favorite burrito fixin's on top, including avocado, lettuce, salsa, bell peppers, olives, and black beans. Voila!
Who doesn’t like fried rice? All you need to do is cook your desired amount of rice. Next, chop up whatever veggies or meat you like, and saute in a medium-sized pan. Add in one egg and stir fry. Next, add in your rice and mix well. For seasoning, you can add a sprinkle of soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar and sriracha.