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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Easy Lunchbox Tacos
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I like packing my kids homemade snacks like cookies along with fruit, yogurt and trail mix.
Such a fun idea! Tacos are on my School Lunch List, but I haven’t sent them yet! Such a great lunch idea my little Alayna would LOVE.
My son doesn’t start school for another year but I’m sure he is going to be all about lunch box tacos because tacos take up about 90 percent of his diet!
An easy lunch to pack is ricotta with fresh berries and mini chocolate chips.
What a yummy idea – thanks!
Dandi D says
My son and I really enjoy cucumbers and roasted red pepper hummus.
We always include a snack cake in our kids lunches, so that is likely their favorite part.
My mom always did that when I was kid and it was most definitely my favorite part 🙂
Jessica To says
I like to pack applesauce and cheese and crackers.
My favorite lunchbox foods are mini hummus with veggies, cut up fruit, cheese cubes and crackers and of course a cookie of some sort.
I like fruit in the lunchbox. Veggies would be good too.
Adding tacos to our lunchbox list. Thanks! Our new on-the-go lunchbox item is frozen smoothies. Yes, delicious, homemade, filled with healthy fruits, spinach, flax-seeds and yogurt and put into those fun reusable baby-food type pouches and frozen the day before. They act as an ice pack in the lunchbox and thaw in time for lunch.
Such a good idea Robin! Totally going to try that in their lunches this week.
My favorite lunch idea is simple cheese quesadillas.
I love a salad for lunch.
These look so much more fun and delicious than a soggy sandwich! So fun that the kids get to put them together as they eat them.
I love this taco idea for school lunch. We are avid taco eaters at our house!! For lunch we often go for a simple easy and delicious bean and cheese burrito.
Oh, I am a true PB&J fan all the way! Throw in an apple sauce and a snack pack and I was a happy kid. I feel like I’m a good parent if I can pass this tradition on. Also…this lunch better include a Capri Sun…although, I never got very good at poking the straw.
Margot C says
These are so cute! I too cut-up tortillas. I use a biscuit cutter.
Amy L says
My favorite lunch is a grilled cheddar cheese sandwich with creamy tomato soup. I cut the sandwich into sticks for dunking in the soup. Yummmm
My favorite packed lunch is a tuna salad wrap and fresh fruit.
Stephanie Coldwell says
My son’s favorite lunch is hot dogs, cucumbers and edamame! He’s THREE! haha!
My grandson is loving peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwiches right now.
My favorites are celery sticks and peanut butter, raisins, cheese cubes and fruit