Healthy school lunch recipes include whole-wheat pizza roll-ups, pretzel kebabs and chicken quesadillas. Parents can also pack meat and vegetable wraps with a variety of healthy ingredients.
To make pizza roll-ups, spread pizza sauce over a whole-wheat tortilla. Add a layer of spinach, topped with the child's favorite meats and thinly sliced vegetables; chicken, mushrooms, ham and tomatoes all fit easily into roll-ups. Top with a thin layer of reduced-fat cheese, and heat in the microwave until the cheese melts. Immediately roll the tortilla into a long tube. When it cools, cut the roll into small sections.
For pretzel kebabs, make a stack of deli ham, turkey and thinly sliced cheese. Roll the stack, and spear it with one or two pretzel sticks.
To make chicken quesadillas, place a small tortilla in a frying pan. Top with shredded chicken, chopped tomatoes, beans and corn. Add a small amount of shredded cheese, and top with another tortilla. Fry the quesadilla until the cheese melts and cut it into quarters.
Meat and vegetable wraps are a customizable healthy school lunch option. Start with a whole-grain tortilla or flatbread. Top it with a thin layer of hummus, whole-grain mustard or light mayonnaise, and add a layer of spinach, lettuce or sprouts. Add a layer of low-sodium deli meats and cheese. Scatter additional thinly sliced vegetables over the top – try bell peppers, cucumbers, tomato or melon – and fold the wrap like a burrito for easy packing.