Back to school lunch ideas for the locally inclined

August 31, 2018


It’s that time of year again, and the kids are going back to school. What a relief, huh?

We’ve got some recipes for the kid’s lunch boxes (and yours too) that use seasonally available produce grown right here in BC – what could be better?

  1. Cinnamon Apple Chips from Genius Kitchen

You can make this recipe even healthier by reducing the amount of sugar used. These make a great snack, and in BC there many apple varieties in season in September: Ambrosia, Granny Smith, Hyslop, McIntosh, Pink Lady, Sunrise and Royal Gala.

  1. Crispy Bacon Cheddar Puff Pinwheels from the Food Network

You can make pinwheels out of lots of different things, but this recipe includes two very popular items – cheese, and bacon. You can freeze these ahead of time, and pick up some locally sourced bacon at Newman’s Fine Foods or their sister-store Seafair Gourmet Meats.

  1. Mini Broccoli Quiches from Baked Bree

You can make quiche out of just about anything, so it’s a great way to use up leftovers. This particular recipe includes broccoli and cheese, which you can pair with delicious BC eggs.

  1. Cheesy Taco Pockets from Genius Kitchen

Similar to a pasty, these are a fantastic lunch option – yummy golden pastry, beef, cheese and spices. Green peppers are in season in BC, as are onions, and you can use cheese from local cheesemakers. The Village Cheese Company has a nice Monterey Jack cheese, or you could replace it with a different cheese from businesses like Farmhouse Cheeses or Golden Ears Cheesecrafters.

  1. Sandwich Kabobs from Eat Drink Love

This is the perfect option for those kids who, while maybe a little fussy, are bored of their average sandwiches. And it’s easy! The kids can even help.

  1. Pizadillas from Budget Bytes from Natasha’s Kitchen

Another recipe you can tailor to suit your kids are ‘Pizadillas’ (pizza quesadillas). What do you have on hand? That’ll do! It’s a great option to use some fresh BC vegetables, and it’ll be tasty hot or cold.

  1. Mini Salad Pita Pockets from Lauren’s Latest

More vegetables here – and you can use some BC turkey or chicken, and delicious BC cheese as well. Perhaps this is an option for those sandwich haters out there (me included).

  1. Cinnamon French Toast Bites from RecipeTin Eats

For a sweet treat in the lunch box, and a way of using up any bread that’s started to go stale, you can try these French toast bites! The kids will love them, and they won’t take long to make. I might have to try this recipe myself…

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