Packing Back-to-School Lunches (Recipe: Broccoli Pesto Pasta)
With school here, the time to start thinking about keeping lunch interesting for the next 9 months is upon us. If you're like me, this is both a challenge and a pain in the butt.
It's not that I don't like packing lunch for my children; however, on most days there's a bit of chaos and confusion during the morning routine as four kids and myself all try to leave the house in one piece and with all our pieces appropriately packed into litle compartments carried on our backs.
That confusion and bustling atmosphere is something I love, but it's also a source of dread when it comes to packing a lunch for each kid that is healthy, nutritious and will be consumed. Three years ago it was my eldest daughter who decided it was time to switch up lunch by buying an insulated container to bring leftovers in. She declared the dinner menu to be her favorite, and she wanted more of it.
This opened a world of possibilities, and it has led to some of our favorite ways to lunch, especially for my slow eaters. It's a lot easier to pack a nutritious lunch that they will have time to consume when I can send vegetable soups or add vegetables to a stovetop macaroni and cheese for them.
Broccoli Pesto Pasta
1/2 cup cooked pasta
3 tablespoons pesto
1/2 cup cooked broccoli, chopped fine
1 tablespoon grated parmesan or mozzarella
Mix together leftover cooked pasta, pesto and broccoli. Heat and spoon into a prepped thermal container (pour boiling water into container, seal and wait 10-15 minutes, pour out water and add food) and sprinkle with cheese right before your child leaves for school.
Makes 1 serving.