This year, make your Back to School routine a little easier by having your little chef make their own lunch. To get you started, I’m sharing 5 simple lunch ideas that can get you through your first week. Plus, I’m excited to announce our very first giveaway!  

Win a FREE PlanetBox Rover Lunch Box set ($60 value) which will make lunch prep that much easier and fun. Keep reading to learn more…

5 simple lunch ideasIt’s Back to School Time!   For many of us, this can be a very busy and hectic time of the year.  First there’s the shopping for new clothes, uniforms, and school supplies.  Then there’s preparing for the new schedules, bus routes, and morning routines. And don’t get me started about the emotional realization that your baby big boy is going to the 2nd grade and you are left wondering where all the time has gone.  I could go on but I think you know exactly what I mean.  

To make our back to school routine a little easier, my little chef makes his own lunch.  Its a great way to build responsibility and independence.  It works best when he makes his lunch before bed but there are times when he prepares it in the morning before school.  So quick and easy ideas are key to make this work in our home. 

Here are 5 simple ideas for your home.  Click the links or pictures for the recipes:

1) Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese

Waffle Grill Cheese

2. Mini Pretzel Bread Ham & Cheeseham and cheese

photo credit: Macki West,

3. Homemade Lunchbox Chicken Nuggetschicken nuggets

photo credit: Aimée Wimbush-Bourque,

4.  Mini-Rainbow Sandwichesrainbow-sandwiches-1024x993

photo credit: Amy Roskelley,

 5.  Sandwich-on-a-Stick

Sandwich-on-a-Stickphoto credit: Catherine McCord,

 And to make lunch time even more fun and easy, we are proud to announce our first giveaway:

A PlanetBox Rover Complete Lunchbox KitPrint

photo credit: PlanetBox®

Just in time for Back to School, we are giving away one PlanetBox Rover Complete kit which includes a stainless steel lunch box, the Big and Little Dipper containers, a choice of super fun magnets designs, as well as a Rover Carry Bag for easy transport available in a variety of vibrant colors.  (Value $60).

Part bento box, part lunch tray, PlanetBox will hold all your child’s favorite foods plus has great benefits:

  • Individual compartments that allows you to pack a totally waste-free lunch.  No more plastic baggies
  • Safe, non-toxic stainless steel design is built to last with a 5 year warranty, making it environmentally and budget friendly
  • “Big and Little Dipper” containers perfect for dips and sauces without the mess.
  • Super cool & fun magnets that allows you to update your lunchbox with a new look as often as you like.  
  • Designed for any-sized hands to open easily and dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

To enter the giveaway, simply complete the form below and join our mailing list.  You can also increase your chances of winning by visiting our Facebook page (feel free to like us if you haven’t had a chance) or following us on Twitter.  The giveaway will end Tuesday, August 18th 11:59 pm CST.  Good luck and tell your friends!

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About the Chef!

Chef Julian has had a love for cooking since the age of 3. Now as the CEO and Head Kid Chef of The Step Stool Chef, he is focused on empowering kids to be leaders in the kitchen. Chef Julian has been featured on the covers of magazines, newspapers as well as made guest appearances on all major TV networks, conferences and food festivals and is known for his fun & easy approach to cooking.

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