Packing school lunches five days a week is drudgery of the worst kind in my book. I don’t know what it is about that particular task, I just dread doing it. That being said, having nutritious lunches for the kids is important to me and I do want them to look forward to their lunch at school as a happy and delicious reminder of home. So, although it’s drudgery, I try to do the job right.
To me, packing a good school lunch means that it’s going to be nutritious and delicious and it also needs to be easy and quick. To the kids, a good school lunch means it’s not just a sandwich for the third day in a row. I may be checking the health factor and trying to save time and effort, but the kids want fun and variety. These Easy Lunchbox Tacos are a success on all counts!
Tacos are easily one of the best kid friendly meal options. They are easy and so flexible if you’re dealing with picky eaters. My kids love Lunchbox Tacos because they get to put them together as they eat, which is infinitely more fun than pulling out a sandwich at the lunch table. They’ve been requesting them every week since school started earlier this month!
As the Mom and official school lunch manager, I am loving the Lunchbox Tacos because they are so easy to pack up in the mornings before school. I’ve been really simplifying the process by using Libby’s new 4oz Vegetable Cups – a complete serving of healthy vegetable goodness in convenient on-the-go cups. The cups are perfect in the kids’ lunchboxes and add a fun, but healthy element to the Lunchbox Tacos. My kids like the Sweet Corn and the Peas & Carrots best in their tacos, but all of the vegetable cups work well in this simple lunchbox recipe.
To help your kids enjoy this Lunchbox Taco experience (and be sure that they will eat their vegetables while they’re away) you can make these tacos kid-size. To make mini tacos that are perfect lunchbox size, just take a large burrito sized flour tortilla (10 or 12 inch) and cut out smaller tortilla rounds with a circle cookie cutter. I give this job to the kids in the morning and they love it! (Save the scraps to toast and use as a topping on a delicious Tortilla Soup for family dinner)
Following Libby’s lead with the super handy vegetable cups, pack your kids’s favorite taco ingredients in convenient small containers. (I like the containers from Sistema so much and you can get them on Amazon!) We normally pack black beans, chicken, cheese, and a Libby’s Vegetable Cup. My kids like to drizzle on some mild salsa, but you could also pack your kids’ favorite salad dressing.
You can have these ready to go into the lunchbox in a matter of minutes. Even better, the kids can easily assemble the tacos themselves at lunch time, which I guarantee your kids will think is so much fun!
DIY Lunchbox Tacos are a big step up from a soggy sandwich and you will earn some good mom points for sure.
These Lunchbox Tacos are a huge hit with my kids. Here are some more fun and creative ideas for using the Libby’s 4oz Vegetable Cups:
- Sweet Pea & Corn Mash – Transform your toddlers into solid-food pros without wasting large amounts of food! Mash one cup of Sweet Peas with one cup of Whole Kernel Sweet Corn to ease the transition between baby food and whole veggies.
- Mashed Potato Bar – For families with varying taste buds, take the traditional mashed potato side dish to a new level. Display cups of all five varieties of Vegetable Cups so everyone can choose his or her own colorful toppings.
- Healthy After school Snacks – Enjoy Vegetable Cups chilled or at room temperature.
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- Large Burrito Size Flour Tortillas (10 to 12in)
- Libby's 4oz Vegetable Cups (Sweet Corn, Sweet Peas, Peas & Corn, Carrots)
- Black Beans
- Cubed Chicken
- Shredded Cheese
- Salsa or Salad Dressing
- Using a 3 inch circle cutter, cut out mini tortilla rounds from the large flour tortillas. Depending on your child's age and eating habits, put 4 to 6 mini tortillas in each lunchbox.
- Pack 2 to 4 ounces of each taco topping and 2 to 4 tablespoons of salsa or dressing.
- To keep the tacos from getting soggy in the lunchbox, assemble tacos just before eating.
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