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Pizza Day – Back to School Lunch Ideas

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

 pizza day collage


Growing up I always looked forward to Friday at school because it was “pizza day”. The day the school cafeteria served pizza for lunch. Let’s be honest, you did too, right? Why not? Pizza can definitely be part of a healthy lunch and it really is fantastic eaten cold. So why not work some pizza ideas into your lunch menus then any day can be “pizza day”? It doesn’t have to be complicated! I promise!

OK OK maybe I also looked forward to Friday because it was the last day of the school week!

You could try homemade Pesto Pizza sticks as I did in this lunch served in a Laptop Lunches (affiliate link) Bento Box.

pesto pizza 2


Or how about Pizza Scrolls like the ones I served in the Easylunchbox?

healthy back to school lunches


Maybe something that LOOKS more traditional like this easy Pita Pizza which is great for work or school? This one was made for me to take to work so substitute the nuts out if you are sending to a nut-free school!

pita pizza


Or something completely different like this BBQ Bagel Pizza which features chicken, broccoli, tomatoes and green onions?

healthy lunch challenge #3


Clearly I am not the only one who has figured this out! No! Go check out some of my lunch blogging colleagues for more creative pizza lunch ideas:

Roxanne over at The Roxx Boxx has created an amazing Spicy Cilantro Shrimp Pizza

Christine from My Epicurean Adventures shows us we can make our own Pizza Lunchables

Nina at Mamabelly’s Lunches With Love made easy homemade Pizza Pockets

Jenn at Bento for Kidlet made creative Happy Pizza Pockets

Keitha at Keitha’s Chaos shows us a Make Your Own Pizza option


Need gluten-free options?

Most of the ideas above can be converted but go visit Keeley over at Keeley McGuire Blog where she gives you the gluten-free instructions and is loaded with great pizza ideas like these GF Pizza Boats or these Quinoa Pizza Bites.

Or Kendra at Biting the Hand That Feeds You for her Gluten-Free Pizza Dippers.

If all that still doesn’t cut it and you need MORE inspiration, head on over to my Pizza Day! Pinterest Board! I have invited other bloggers and websites to contribute their pizza lunches so we all have a source of fresh ideas! So let’s make every day pizza day!

Oh yeah, I almost forgot to include this pizza lunch! Pictured below, this lunch served in an Easylunchbox includes:

  • Bacon Tomato Pizza Tarts (spread a thin layer of pizza dough in a greased muffin tin pan, add a spoon of your favorite sauce, your favorite toppings and top with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 400 degrees until crust is browning. Allow to cool completely before packing in your lunch box).
  • Fresh broccoli
  • Mango & blackberries
  • Snap Pea Crisps

 pizza tarts

So I hope you have found all the inspiration you need to create a bunch of menus to implement your own home made Pizza Day!



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Simple & Fresh Non-Sandwich Lunch

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

simple fresh lunch


While my little guy Evan, recovers from his tonsillectomy I am keeping things simple with food so I can focus on him. Evan unfortunately is thus far extremely uncomfortable and I hope with each passing day it will get better, please? In the meantime some members of the family still need packed lunch! This one was very simple to make and required very little effort! I was lucky to be gifted some small organic cucumbers so I started with that! The ham and cheese sushi rolls, originally inspired by Momables (affiliate link), is super easy to make. Just place your slice of ham (gluten-free variety used here) on your cutting board and spread on a little mayo. Then roll up around a cheese stick and slice. To convert this lunch to be completely gluten-free simply swap out the pretzel thins to a gluten-free variety of pretzel such as Glutino.

Packed in a Laptop Lunches (affiliate link) Bento Box this lunch contains:

  • Ham & cheese stick sushi rollups
  • Fresh organic cucumber
  • Orange slices
  • Pretzel thins

Forgive me for a short post but it is hard to think when you are sleep deprived! Today is day 5 post surgery and I am told days 5 and 6 can be the worst! Ack!



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Cold Pizza… Why Not?

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

pesto pizza 2


Cold pizza, yay or nay? It seems people have such strong feelings about whether cold pizza is acceptable. Perhaps it is because many have that image of some disheveled, hungover person eating cold pizza right out of the fridge first thing in the morning? Maybe after a late night? Perhaps you have a memory of being that person? ;)

Actually cold pizza can be a fun part of a nutritional lunch. Why not? Chances are you make or order pizza at least a couple times a month, right? In my lunch today I have incorporated pizza and YES it is meant to be eaten cold BUT, heat it up if you must (and are able to)! In my experience most young children prefer to eat their food on the cooler side anyway.

Today’s lunch is served in a Laptop Lunches container (affiliate links contained in this blog) and contains:

  • Real Deal Veggie Chips (All Natural, Gluten-Free & Vegan)
  • An orange & raspberries
  • Raw carrot coins
  • Pizza sauce for dipping (in the lidded container)
  • Cold pesto pizza strips

My version of cold pizza is from homemade leftovers. I simply spread my favorite pesto over my favorite pizza dough (you could use gluten-free), topped it with shredded mozzarella cheese as well as sliced tomatoes and then baked it. In this case I used a variety of cherry tomatoes from my container garden. Also note that I used a cookie sheet to spread my dough out into a rectangle and therefore my slices were cut into rectangles. I cut a slice into strips to easily fit in the lunch box and to make them dip-able.


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