It’s tough to keep school lunches interesting and original.  Kids get tired of the same old sandwich day after day.  Try these simple ideas and see their lunches disappear!

Chicken Soup with Rice

  • 6 cups of chicken broth (homemade or store bought)
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 1 small onion (optional)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, cut into bite sized pieces (use the left-over chicken from dinner the night before)
  • 1 cup long-grain rice, cooked (1/2 cup prior to cooking)

Combine first 6 ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer until vegetables are tender, 15-20 minutes. Stir in chicken and rice. Heat through.

This is a simple recipe that can be prepared after dinner to use up left-over items, or plan ahead and make up a large pot of this soup to freeze in individual containers for easy re-heating for school lunches.


Banana Muffins

3 very ripe med. bananas, mashed
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 egg
2 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. raisins
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. skim milk

Mix mashed bananas, oil and egg. In another bowl, mix flour, raisins and baking soda. Combine with banana mixture. Spoon batter into muffin tins that have been sprayed with cooking spray. Fill 3/4 full and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until done. These are great to add to the school lunch pail.  For a surprise, add in chocolate chips once in a while…always a big hit in our house!!!

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Jennifer McCallum

Thank you so much for stopping by this page to get to know a bit more about me and why I started Parent Guide Inc. My business story started a way back in 2001... …after the birth of my first daughter, I realized that an "all-in-one" resource guide for parents was needed, and fast! I designed the New Parent Resource Guide to fill a gap in the community for busy parents like myself. The New Parent Resource Guide offers an A-Z of key contacts for parents, caregivers, service providers, and health care professionals.  Working with key businesses and organizations in the community, we have also compiled much-needed articles, tips, and charts to answer all your parenting questions. The latest addition to our family is the School Age Resource Guide to serve parents of children, 3 to 18 years!  This guide answers questions about: nutrition, bullying, curriculum, building self-esteem, and much more, as well as offering a full directory of local and national resources. The website offers an “all-in-one” spot for parents to connect, add their own blog, and find needed resources in their community.  It is a site that educates and entertains and if you can't find somthing just ASK me. I am here to serve YOU!  My hope is that you connect with our members, find comfort in their words, and share your own story. My goal is to see what I can do to help make life a bit easier for you.   You are why I do what I do! I can’t wait to get to know you!  Comment below to tell me about yourself – then start blogging so we can find out what makes you get up in the morning!  Check out my blog too and I am sure you will be surprised what gets me out of bed each day!!! Jennifer -  Mom and Publisher

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