5 Packed Lunches Perfect for the Whole Family

5 Packed Lunches Perfect for the Whole Family

These 5 easy, to-go lunches are created with multiple family members in mind.


By: The Daily Clutch

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If you’re a working mom or wife, then you are probably in a time – and budget – crunch. These five easy, to-go lunches are created with multiple family members in mind. The key is to make the same lunch for everyone, or at least a version of it, so you don’t waste ingredients, time or money.

These recipes get bonus points for making it healthy, too!

Chicken Avocado Wraps
Wraps are a quick and affordable option, and you can step up the healthy factor by using spinach or whole wheat ones. Pick up a package of wraps, a whole rotisserie chicken, some avocado and other toppings of choice on your next grocery trip to throw together this quick and easy lunch.

While it is still warm, pick all the chicken off the bones, shred it with a fork or your fingers, and put it into a bowl. Add mayonnaise, diced celery, spicy mustard and salt and pepper and mix it all together. There is really no measuring to this – just add as much or as little to get the taste and texture that your family will like.

Slice an avocado and shred some lettuce and begin assembling the wrap. Put down some cheese – sliced or shredded, whatever you have in the fridge – some of the chicken mixture and a few slices of avocado and wrap it up in wax paper. Cut it in half while in the wax paper and put each side of the wrap in a plastic bag, removing as much air as you can so it stays fresh.

Pair each wrap with a side of carrots or grapes and you have a very filling and healthy lunch.

Mason Jar Salads
The key to these salads is to keep the dressing from touching the lettuce.

After you decide on the ingredients you would like (five is typically enough), put the dressing in the bottom of the Mason jar first. You don’t need very much dressing at all — maybe just a couple of tablespoons.

The next layer needs to be something that will not get soggy, such as mushrooms, carrots, cherry tomatoes or peppers. Diced red peppers are great because they are sweet and have a lot of nutrients, but you can use any color you like.

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Next, add some shredded cheese and some type of meat. You can get deli turkey and cut it into strips with kitchen scissors.

Last, add your lettuce. Make sure the lettuce is in bite-sized pieces to make enjoying the salad easier.

Pack each lunch with the jar upright, along with a plastic fork, and then just shake, shake, shake when you are ready to eat it. Bonus: you get a little work out shaking it to mix it all up!

Keep the Mason jar-motif going with a yogurt parfait to go along with your salad. In a smaller jar, layer nonfat vanilla yogurt, granola, blueberries and strawberries then more yogurt, granola and the berries again to get a yummy and easy parfait.



Turkey and Pepper Wraps
Wraps again? You bet – this time to use the leftover turkey and peppers from the mason jar salads and the leftover wraps from the first wraps.

Combine mayonnaise, ranch and hot sauce in equal parts and spread it over the wrap. Layer cheese, turkey, lettuce and strips of red pepper, wrap it up in wax paper again and cut in half, putting each side of the wrap in a plastic bag and draining all the air so it stays fresh.

Pair this with veggie straws – which are a type of healthy chip – or even stick a veggie straw in the wrap before eating for that extra crunch.

Walking Taco Dip
Get your trusty Mason jars out again and put on your sombrero because we are going Mexican! Layer sour cream on the bottom, then rinsed black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese and some left over avocado from the chicken wraps. You want to make sure you have something between the sour cream and the cheese so it doesn’t get soggy, and corn and black beans is a good barrier.

Pack this along with some scoop-shaped tortilla chips in a baggy for dipping. Don’t shake this one up – just scoop it out with your chips.

Bagel Sandwiches
By Friday you’re probably worn out and ready for the weekend, so let the family splurge and have bagel, salami and cream cheese sandwiches. Take a plain, sliced, whole-wheat bagel and put a thin coating of reduced fat cream cheese on both sides. Layer three to four pieces of salami on the bagel – that’s it! Step it up a bit with flavored cream cheese – chive is a great choice.

Send this sandwich with a small Mason jar salad, or the Mason jar parfait is good with this one too.

This article was written by Katie Simpson, contributor for The Daily Clutch.

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