Back to Basics School Lunch Recipes


For the next two weeks, we are focusing on getting back to the basics when planning lunch menus. Talk to your kiddos about their favorite fruits and vegetables and try to incorporate their favorites where you can.

Lunch Menu – Back to Basics Week 1

Best Hummus Recipe

Try this hummus recipe once, and you'll never go back to buying it at the store! Served with fresh veggies and pita, it's a delicious appetizer, snack or include in your kiddo's school lunch.
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  • cups cooked chickpeas – slightly overcooked drained and rinsed
  • cup smooth tahini (I prefer Trader Joe's organic tahini or Soom)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice more to taste
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 5 tablespoons water or as needed to blend
  • paprika red pepper flakes, or parsley, for garnish


  • In a blender or food processor, place the chickpeas, tahini olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. Continue to blend until smooth, adding water as needed to blend, and/or to reach your desired consistency.
  • Transfer to a serving plate, top with a bit more olive oil and desired garnishes. Serve with toasted pita bread and your favorite veggies, as desired.
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Kid-Friendly Guacamole

Made with just four simple and fresh ingredients, this kid-friendly guacamole can be ready in just 5 minutes. We promise, it will be your next go-to for school lunches, taco salads or when hosting a crowd on game day!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Mexican


  • 3 avocados
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely minced
  • juice of 1 lime about 2 tablespoons
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt


  • Combine peeled and pitted avocados, minced garlic and lime juice to a large bowl
  • Mash avocado, garlic, and lime well with a fork or food masher until it reaches your desired consistency
  • Add ½-¾ teaspoon of salt and mix well. Ad more salt if desired.
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Kid-Friendly Pasta Salad

This kid-friendly pasta salad is packed with lots of fresh veggies and pasta, which makes it a healthy, filling, colorful and delicious pasta salad that your child will love!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • ½ cup uncooked rotini pasta or 1 cup of other fun pasta shape
  • ¼ cup steamed fresh peas or frozen
  • 1 carrot peeled and diced
  • ½ cucumber peeled and diced
  • ½ red bell pepper diced
  • ¼ cup steamed corn kernels
  • For The Dressing
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt


  • Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  • In a large bowl, combine pasta with remaining ingredients and serve at room temperature or cold.
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Yummy Protein Balls

These Yummy Protein Balls recipe is easy to make, no-bake, full of simple ingredients, and so delicious!
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Course Snack
Cuisine American


  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup toasted shredded coconut sweetened or unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter or swap with sun butter for a nut-free option
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips or vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds optional
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Cover the bowl and chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours, or until the mixture is chilled.
  • Roll into mixture into 1-inch balls.
  • Serve. Or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 3 months.
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