We spend so much time packing lunches for the kiddos, I thought it’s high time we do the same for ourselves. Sorry kids, but this round up is for the grown ups. 35 Back to School Lunches just for mom (and dad too) if you decide to share.

Back to School Lunches Just for Mom! www.mountainmamacooks.com

I pretty psyched to the have kids back in school. I love that our days have more structure and that I have time to work on the blog a little more. And I’m going to lie, I love having some much needed “me” time after a summer of watching over the kids pretty much solo and dealing with what feels like the never-ending remodel. Whether it’s fitting in a yoga class, scheduling a tennis match or simply spending some time in the kitchen (I’m borrowing my moms!), I know that everyone around me is better off when I’m taking care of myself. It’s no secret that when I’m investing in myself, I have a better relationship with my husband and kids. Part of me feeling my best, is making sure I eat well. I don’t know about you but too often I find myself wondering what the heck I’m going to have for lunch. I make sure my kids go to school with a well rounded lunch, so why not do the same for myself. Even though we don’t have a working kitchen right now, I took the time to go to my mom’s house earlier in the week to prep a few salads and protein so I’d have something substantial to fill my belly midday. You can bet that once my kitchen is up and running, every single one of these recipes is getting made!

Enjoy these recipes that are surefire winners! 35 Back-to-School Lunches just for mom!!


Back to School Lunches Just for Mom!! www.mountainmamacooks.com

Turkey Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Tidy Mom

The Best Cucumber & Cheese Sandwich from Everybody Likes Sandwiches
Greek Salad Sandwich from Skinnytaste
My Favorite Veggie Bagel Sandwich from Mountain Mama Cooks
Chickpea Salad Sandwiches from Dine and Dish
Turkey Bacon and Avocado Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Tidy Mom
Monte Cristo from She Wears Many Hats


Chicken and Asparagus Wraps with Dill Cream Cheese from Mountain Mama Cooks

Chicken Asparagus Wrap with Dill Cream Cheese from Mountain Mama Cooks
Chicken Caesar Salad Wraps from The Baker Upstairs
Cucumber Ranch Turkey Wraps from Taste and Tell
California Veggie Wraps from My Kitchen Addiction
Chinese Chicken Wraps from Emily Bites
Avocado Caprese Wraps from Foodiecrush


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Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad from Julia’s Album

Roasted Corn and Quinoa Salad from Real Housemoms
Kale, Barley and Feta Salad with Honey-Lemon Vinaigrette from Sweet Peans and Saffron
Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad from The Crepes of Wrath
Chopped Shrimp Waldorf Salad from Use Real Butter
Spinach Pesto Pasta Salad from Mountain Mama Cooks
Quinoa Avocado Spinach Power Salad from The Garden Grazer
Antipasti Chopped Salad from The Reluctant Entertainer
Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad with Pecans and Avocados from Julia’s Album
Italian Pasta Salad from Creole Contessa

Soups & Stews

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Lentil Chili from Little Broken

Lighter Chicken Tortilla Soup from A Southern Fairytale
Sausage, Kale and Lentil Soup from Mountain Mama Cooks
Minnestrone and Quinoa Soup from Namely Marley
Tomato Soup with Quinoa and Feta from Mountain Mama Cooks
Lentil Chili from Little Broken
Moroccan Meatball Couscous Soup from Little Broken
Ski Soup (the very best!!!!) from Mountain Mama Cooks

Leftover Ideas

Back to School Lunches Just for Mom!! www.mountainmamacooks.com

Spaghetti Squash with Thai Peanut Sauce from LeelaLicious

Roasted Pepper Quiche with Feta from Completely Delicious
Spaghetti Squash with Thai Peanut Sauce from Leelalicious
Zucchini Lasagna Rolls from Recipe Runner
Chicken Avocado Burritos from Oh My God Chocolate Desserts
Vegetarian Quinoa and Black Bean Tacos from Food Should Taste Good
Cheesy Guacamole Tostadas from Two Peas and their Pod
Summer Squash Bruchetta with Goat Cheese from Mountain Mama Cooks

Bonus: a few healthier sweet recipes!

Back to School Lunches Just for Mom!! www.mountainmamacooks.com

No Bake Energy Bites from Mountain Mama Cooks

No Bake Energy Bites (that are actually good for you!) from Mountain Mama Cooks
Easy Honey Hemp Bars from Letty’s Kitchen
Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies from Vintage Mixer
Healthy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars from Cookie and Kate
Banana Cranberry Oat Bars from Oh She Glows

Thanks for reading! xo, Kelley

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4 Responses to 35 Back to School Lunches (just for mom!!)

  1. Maria says:

    Me time is so important and so is good food! Love all of these ideas! Let’s meet up soon! xo

  2. What a tempting roundup. I want to try them all–well, the meatless ones and of course, the healthy snacks. Thanks for featuring my honey hemp bars!

  3. Rob Houghton says:

    Ooh, boy, I’m looking forward to lunch this year! As a chronic brown-bagger, this post is inspirational! Thanks!

  4. Dee says:

    Love reading your blog! Your writing makes me laugh and inspires me to be adventurous with my cooking. I can’t wait to try some of these lunch ideas. Especially your No Bake energy, ummm… bites! Thanks.

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