School Lunches Prepped by White House Exec Chef (VIDEO)

MyPlateI seriously love the image to the right ... I really do. I have actually printed it out and put it up on my fridge. I know there is no way that every single meal in my house will match these new MyPlate guidelines — but just seeing the fruits and veggies in their bright red and green colors reminds me to try harder than I have been. And having it somewhere my kids can see it too gets them involved ... pretty soon they will be checking to make sure I am matching the plate in the picture!

Which brings me to school snacks and lunches. Ugh ... I know I said it just yesterday — but they intimidate me. So here is another easy to prepare suggested lunch from Cris Comerford, the White House Executive Chef.

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Plus, if you are like a lot of my friends complaining that your kids refuse to eat sandwiches, you will LOVE this option. Veggie and Chicken Pasta!

Most kids like pasta, so all you need to do is take other foods you know they will eat, combine them, and serve. And as Cris said, kids eat half of their daily caloric intake while at school, so what we give them is super important.

To save time, you can prep on Sunday night and make enough for two days of the week!

 

Whole Wheat Pasta Primavera (With Grilled Chicken)

Whole wheat penne pasta, cut in half

Blanched broccoli, carrots, and tomatoes cut into bite-size pieces

Chicken cut into bite-size chunks

Combine all ingredients as shown.

 

Apple Dippers With Honey

Peel and slice apples, dip them in water with powdered vitamin C for a few seconds, and like magic, the apple doesn't turn brown (I LOVE this tip)

Honey to dip (or you can substitute peanut butter or almond butter!)


2% Milk

This will satisfy their dairy for the meal 

 

And if you missed Cris Comerford's Chef in a Pocket lunch, go back and check it out. Even if you switch things up a bit to accommodate your little one's taste buds, there are some great ideas here! 

Would your kid eat this? Any suggestions for picky eaters?

 

Image via ChooseMyPlate.org

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