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School Lunchbox Ideas: Pizza Muffins

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Easy back-to-school lunchbox ideas.

My nest feels a little empty. The house is strangely silent. It reminds me of something I don’t like to think about. But like Scarlett in Gone With the Wind, I’ll think about it tomorrow…Today I’m considering easy recipes like these back-to-school Lunchbox Pizza Muffins and thanking Kroger, Horizon and WhiteWave for sponsoring this post!

School Lunchbox Ideas: Pizza Muffins

There is no denying my boys have voracious appetites. My Incredible Disappearing Pantry proves it.

My oldest used to be a picky eater but he outgrew the trait. He passed it on to his younger brother, along with a couple of nice sweaters.

Usually I can count on Number Three to eat whatever is put before him so I’m hoping the picky-eater stage is not a genetically pre-programmed thing that expresses itself during school lunches when I’m not there.

I’ve been cruising grocery store aisles, thinking up lunch ideas that will entice them to eat when recess is calling and friends are waiting. I love shopping Kroger’s Natural Foods Department.

Shopping at Kroger

 

I’ve become more discriminating about what we eat. Good food supports heathy bodies, active minds, and busy boys and I’m buying more natural and organic foods. It makes shopping easier when you can find so many products you feel good about in one area.

School Lunch Pizza Muffins

Horizon and Simple Truth—brands I like and trust—are in Kroger’s Natural Foods Department. You can find a wide range of products, from staples to snacks.

Horizon’s single serve milk boxes are perfect for lunch boxes.  And I picked up Horizon’s Good & GO snack pouches, too. Cheddar cheese, raisins, cashews, and cranberries make super snacks (six grams of protein!) and I know my guys like Horizon’s Organic Cheese Sandwich Crackers.

I found some great cereal choices for quick breakfasts, too, like Simple Truth’s Fruit and Nut Granola Clusters. And there’s real, organic maple syrup for the breakfast pancakes my guys love.

I also bought ingredients for making easy Lunchbox Pizza Muffins. Because pizza…

Pizza Muffins

… that’ll grab their attention and their appetites, picky or not!

Pizza for Kids

And you can probably find a grade school-sized assistant to help make these babies.

Lunch Ideas for Kids

I’m including a few veggies and fruits because all moms know man cannot live on pizza alone. Fortunately my boys like ‘em.

Easy Pizza Rolls 

These yummy lunchbox pizza muffins are a quick and easy fix. One recipe is enough for all three of my boys’ lunches and there’s enough left over for me.

Lunchbox Pizza Rolls

This is the first year all my boys are in day school. It feels odd. Thankfully they will be home after school. “Empty nest” is supposed to be for older parents whose kids are grown and gone. I’ll think about that tomorrow.

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Hot & Cold Lunch Ideas for Kids

School Lunchbox Ideas: Pizza Muffins


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Ingredients

  • 1 roll canned crescent rolls (1 sheet, not individual rolls)
  • ½ cup pizza sauce*
  • 1 cup Horizon shredded cheese
  • 20-30 slices of Simple Truth Uncured Pepperoni Slices

*You can make your own pizza sauce with tomatoes and spices but these days I’m all about fast and easy recipes so I use a jar of Simple Truth Organic Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce.


Instructions

1.      Roll out the crescent dough onto a lightly floured surface.

2.      Spread a thin layer of pizza sauce over the dough and sprinkle with cheese.  Top with pepperoni slices.

3.      Gently roll the dough into a log.

4.      Using a serrated knife, cut the roll into 12 equal pieces.

5.      Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.  Spray the liners with cooking spray.

6.      Place each spiral into a cupcake liner.  Top with a little more sauce and cheese.

7.      Bake at 375 for 12-14 minutes.

Layne Henderson

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men, she’s in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara.