With the new school year in full swing, we know that CYJ families all over the state are feeling crunched for time. Not every school offers kosher lunch options for their students, so we’re here with a few fast, easy, and delicious kosher lunch ideas to keep your children full, happy, and ready to learn all year long.
The beauty of Ultimate Toast is that it can be completely altered to fit your child’s tastes. And the secret of Ultimate Toast? It’s just a sandwich made exciting again because it’s still in two pieces.
Your teenager might love Avocado Ultimate Toast, with chopped avocado, lemon juice (to keep it green and citrusy), some black pepper and salt, diced tomatoes, and crumbled feta cheese. Your elementary schooler might prefer the peanut butter and banana version of this which can sometimes include a swirl of chocolate on top if you have a picky eater known for not eating enough of their lunches.
Wrap your version of Ultimate Toast in cling wrap to keep the toppings in place, then put the wrapped toast slices into whatever container you typically send your child’s sandwich in.
If you have a picky eater on your hands, this is a great way to sneak some protein into their lunchbox without them suspecting a thing. Best of all, these are incredibly easy to make.
All you need is:
- 1 banana
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup of almond flour
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 cup of blueberries.
You can fry these in coconut oil for added healthiness, and include a little cup of honey for sweetness on top.
Now, to make these tasty little protein pancakes, all you do is mash the banana, add the eggs, almond flour, and cinnamon. Then fold in the blueberries, and fry up the cakes! And if you whip up a few of these for your own lunch, we won’t tell!
Mini Chicken Dogs
This recipe is for your carnivore child, the one who wants meat with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. One batch makes enough for up to five meals, and it’s guaranteed to satisfy their need for protein.
- 2 pounds of chicken tenders, uncooked
- 24 cocktail beef frankfurters
- Italian vinaigrette dressing
You’ll marinate the chicken in the Italian dressing for 30 minutes, then cut the chicken breasts into 24 slices. Wrap the chicken around the frankfurters and secure with a toothpick (make sure the toothpick goes all the way through or the chicken will fall apart). Line them all up on a pan and cover them securely, then bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Top with ketchup as desired, or send a little container of ketchup for dunking at the lunch table!
Grilled Veggie Quesadillas
This recipe is quick, simple, and again, totally variable so that you can switch it up to match your child’s tastes. You can make these one or two at a time, as needed, and store the rest in your refrigerator until your child is ready for more.
For this recipe you’ll need:
- 12 10-inch wraps or tortillas
- 1 8oz bag of shredded mozzarella
- 1 tsp of your choice of cooking oil
- 1 green pepper
- 1 yellow pepper
- 1 orange pepper
- 1 zucchini
- 1 tsp salt
Cut your veggies into thin strips while heating up a large frying pan on medium-high heat. Add your oil and the vegetables to the pan, then season with salt. When the veggies are soft, set them aside. Dry your pan, then place a wrap or tortilla on the pan and heat up for a minute. Put some veggies onto the wrap, and sprinkle on the cheese. When the cheese starts to melt, top with a second wrap or tortilla and press down with your spatula or spoon. Cook for two minutes, then flip and cook for one more minute.
Remove from the pan, slice into wedges, and you can pack it into your child’s lunchbox with their favorite salsa or dipping sauce.
Families have enough on their plates these days without having to worry about what’s actually on their plates. These recipes should give you a quick, easy way to keep kosher and be the envy of the lunch table with some fun, delicious packed lunches. If you make any of these recipes for your child’s lunch, we want to see! Please tag us on Facebook or Instagram so we can cheer you on and get ideas from the way that you change up the recipes to fit your family.