Happy Healthy Food Friday from American Express and I! Many of us, including myself, are gearing up for the school year to begin. I can’t even believe it’s early August! For me it means a complete change in routine, and time to start seriously meal prepping for Mike and I for the work week. For you it may mean lunches for you and your hunnie, PLUS packing school lunches for the kiddos. Overwhelmed? Don’t be. I always suggest making a family effort to dedicate some Sunday time to shopping and prepping for the week ahead.
We eat a ton of spinach here. Especially now, since my local farms have an abundance of fresh, organic, and delicious spinach ready. There are so many health benefits to eating spinach regularly, and I bet you can even sneak it into a yummy smoothie for the picky kids in your house!
So, this week I want to share with you FOUR layered lunch ideas, bound to satisfy the various eaters in your home!
These mason jar lunches are easy to throw together and of course, completely customizable. Simply dump the contents into a bowl when you are ready to eat and voila!
Let’s start with a Cajun Shrimp Jar…What you’ll need: Homemade Guacamole, sautéed red and green peppers, sautéed onions (lightly in extra-virgin olive oil or oil of choice), and shrimp (seasoned with paprika, garlic granules, chili powder, cayenne, and Himalayan sea salt).
Now… you know I love Taco Night! Can you say leftovers for lunch?
What you’ll need: salsa of choice (homemade or store-bought), tomatoes, onions, scallions, ripe plantains (fried in coconut oil, taco-seasoned ground beef, and of course, spinach.
Now, Pesto Chicken Antipasto Jars!
What you’ll need: Roasted red peppers (homemade or store bought), pesto chicken (marinate cut up chicken in pesto then cook in a skillet), and the other fixins’ noted above!
Last but not least, a Mediterranean Medley!What you’ll need: Loaded turkey meatballs, my lemon vinaigrette, and the other Mediterranean inspired veggies listed above!
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