Healthy Lunch Ideas for WestCoast Family by Alyssa Bauman, Nourished.ca
For some, going back to school is an absolute welcome, while for others, it is filled with concern. Whatever you decide to do for school, one thing is a constant—we all want our kids fuelled up and ready to learn—be it at home or at school.
From back to school lunches, to quick and easy brain breaks, to after school snacks, we have rounded up some of our favourite, tried and true recipes to keep your family healthy, thriving and focused. As September approaches, be sure to add these lunch recipes to your back-to-school shopping lists.
HEALTHY LUNCH IDEA: QUINOA BAKED CHICKEN FINGERS
This kid-friendly favourite is gluten-free, high in fibre and protein, and the chia adds a nice Omega punch. The kids love it and it makes an easy grab-and-go lunch. When you have the time, do yourself a favour and double this easy recipe and freeze some for later. It’s also a great habit to get into making a large pot of quinoa to be used all week.
- 4 organic skinless boneless chicken breasts, sliced into 3-inch long tenders
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 2 cups cooked red or white quinoa
- 1/2 cup gluten-free bread crumbs like Mary’s or brown rice crumbs
- 1/4 cup ground chia
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
Preheat oven to 350F.
Spread out the quinoa on a piece of wax paper or aluminum foil. Mix chia and gluten-free crumbs together and spread over the quinoa. Squeeze together until the moisture of the quinoa is absorbed. Place the eggs in a shallow bowl. Sprinkle the chicken with salt, garlic powder, pepper and paprika.
Dip the chicken in the egg and then into the quinoa mixture, turn over and coat. Place onto a baking cheat. Brush with olive oil and bake at 350F until translucent thru and crispy, about 20 minutes.
In our latest (digital only) issue, you’ll find 4 more recipes to help your kids fuel up this fall. From chocolate chip cookie dough bites to turkey and quinoa meatballs, Alyssa of Nourished.ca shares some great lunch ideas that you can prep and pack for your kids!