Packing school lunches can be a real pain especially if your kids are picky eaters. My kids eat great at home but for whatever reason they are terrible when it comes to school lunch all they want is PB & J or a Lunchable. While I can get Kroger brand Lunchables for really cheap at Kroger I would much prefer to send more nutritious and creative lunches for my kids. Kroger challenged me to come up with 3 trade-worthy kids lunches and after some creative thinking I came up with some real winners that my kids are loving. Kroger provided me with a gift card and I went to the store prepared with my coupons and here are the results.
I tried to find fun ways to present the food as well as new ways to present protein so my kids will eat and enjoy it. Every lunch is peanut butter free because my oldest has a friend with peanut allergies and if I send peanut butter they can’t eat together. My kids are also lactose intolerant so while these lunches have cheese I used rice cheese and lactose free cheese to create these and they are just as good as the original!
Chicken Quesadilla Kids Lunch
Simply take a rotisserie chicken from Kroger and add some of the shredded chicken with cheese to one half of a tortilla. Fold over the tortilla and microwave for 30-45 seconds. I do this the night before and them put it in the refrigerator. The next day I place an ice pack in with the food but not touching the quesadilla and it is the perfect temperature by lunch. I added fruit in a smile and some chips and salsa for a great Mexican themed meal.
BQQ Chicken Calzone Kids Lunch
This lunch is super easy to make as well and is perfect the same week as the quesadilla since you can use more of your rotisserie chicken. Mix the chicken in a bowl with a tiny bit of BBQ sauce, be sure the chicken is not drenched or your calzone will be soggy. Using a pack of crescent rolls add a spoonful of chicken plus a sprinkling of cheddar cheese, then roll up and pinch the ends shut. Cook according to the package. I added grapes in the shape of a caterpillar with a chocolate face and cheese in the shape of a star because it’s fun!
Taco Rolls Kids Lunch
I am a fan of having leftovers for lunch so why not give your kids leftovers with a twist. The other night we had tacos and I had leftover ground beef mixed with taco sauce. I simply filled a crescent roll with a scoop of ground beef and some shredded cheese and cooked according to the package, be sure to pinch the ends shut. If your kid is not a fan of taco sauce leave the beef plain and it will taste like a cheeseburger! For a special treat I dipped banana slices in chocolate and froze them, they were perfect by lunch and added a fun treat for my kids. Then of course a strawberry and grape flower because my kids love shaped food!