Back to School

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Ahh, back to school.  Fresh haircuts, new backpacks, sharp outfits, and the sunniest smiles from our children.  Most parents will beam with pride.  Even more so for parents seeing their kids off to school for the first time.

Back to school is a time for new beginnings and a great time for our little ones to start forming good eating habits.  After all, teaching them to like good nutrition is a way to empower them for the rest of their lives!  Better not wait until the New Year to make smarter decisions– now is the perfect time for kids to hit the reset button.  New beginnings = new habits.

“That’s great and all,” you say, “but back to school is a busy time for most.”  After school activities, parent / teacher meetings, and homework.  So. Much. Homework.  If you’re a working parent, surely you’ve got homework of your own too!  No wonder our kids end up with a bologna sandwich or a PB&J on one too many days… Most parents don’t have the luxury to make healthy, diverse lunches with fresh ingredients.

Fortunately, there are solutions. In Orange County, California, The Lunch MOB delivers to schools around the area.  Kids from participating schools have access to delicious lunch entrees and healthier snack options perfect for after school programs.  For lunch, students have a selection of yummy entrees like Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs, Crunchy Fish Soft Tacos, Mediterranean Flat Bread Pizza, and California Sushi Rolls.  For the traditionalists, Mac and Cheese or Chicken Strips.  Take a quick tour of our menu!

If you live in Orange County and want healthier options for your kids, please help The Lunch MOB spread the word by requesting us at your kids’ schools.

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The Lunch MOB was founded in Irvine, California by a mechanical engineer and a 6th-grade math and science teacher– parents who genuinely wanted to help other parents.  Learn more about Jonathan and Aileen here.  

Healthy Recipes for Kids Part 2

In our last post, we presented you with some incredible tasting, kid-friendly meals. Well, if you loved last month’s post, there is more where that came from. Sit back and enjoy as we present Healthy Recipes for Kids Part 2.

Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Portobellos

For this recipe, the elements of vegetarian lasagna filling are used. The ingredients include ricotta, Parmesan cheese, and spinach. Mix these ingredients together and then spoon into roasted Portobello mushroom cups. For the best results, very large Portobello caps are recommended. Place in a 350 degrees oven for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the spinach is heated through. Be careful not to overcook the mushrooms. The meal can be served with tossed salad and a whole-wheat dinner roll. Spaghetti tossed with marinara sauce can also be used in serving this amazing dish.

Fish Sticks

This recipe can be prepared at home just within the same amount of time as that of a box of  frozen fish sticks. The difference is that home- made ones taste better and are much more nutritious. Create a full meal by serving the fish sticks with roasted new potatoes, lemon wedges, coleslaw and a drop of tartar sauce.

To prepare, choose your favorite fish such as talapia or halibut and cut into strips. Dip fish strips into an egg wash and then into seasoned panko. Place on a cookie sheet that has been lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the sticks are golden brown and flaky on the inside.

Crusted Cornmeal Chicken Nuggets

Your kids will love these nuggets paired with their favorite dipping sauces. To create these little masterpieces, cut chicken breasts into bite size chunks. Dip chicken into an egg wash and then into seasoned cornmeal. Place on a foil lined baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the juices run clear. This is a great way to create a delicious crunch without having to fry the chicken in oil. The meal can be served with carrots and steamed broccoli.

Burgers Around the Cheese

This recipe is a neat take on the traditional cheeseburger. Rather than placing the cheese on top, we put the cheese in the middle! Choose from any hard or semi-hard cheese such as Asiago, Parmesan, Gouda or a mixture of cheeses if you prefer. Form your burger around the cheese and grill as usual until juices run clear. This dish can be served with any of your favorite summer picnic foods.

We hope you enjoyed our two-part series on healthy recipes for kids. Here at The Lunch Mob we take great pride in providing fun, nutritious meals that kids will love to eat. It has been our experience that when food is prepared with only the freshest ingredients combined with a fun presentation, kids simply cannot wait to take a bite. If you are looking for a nutritious and affordable lunch time solution for your growing students, please consider checking out The Lunch Mob. We would love to talk with you and tell you more about our incredible lunch catering program.

Healthy School Lunch Programs: 5 Healthy Creative Treats for Halloween

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With Halloween lurking around the deserted street corner next to the shadowy castle on the hill, there are many fun, simple ways to channel the better spirits of All Hallow’s Eve while staying away from the ones that will rot your teeth. With the popular trend of schools taking charge in encouraging good eating with healthy school lunch programs provided by The Lunch MOB, parents can maintain this sentiment through the inevitable candy hauntings and sugar scaring.

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Jack O’Lanterns can get messy, time-consuming, and a bit frustrating to deal with. However, there’s a way to keep the amusement of those smiling pumpkins while simplifying matters by making them smaller. With a marker, you can make small jack o’lantern tangerines or oranges by drawing faces on the peel as a small surprise for your child and a bit of additional incentive for them to eat it.

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In addition to vitamin C, healthy school lunch programs make sure to give a well-rounded nutritional basis for kids to follow. Naturally, this would include potassium, and this aspect of your child’s diet can be filled with “boo”nana pops, created by Skinny Taste. Terrifying puns aside, you can fix this snack hassle-free by dipping bananas into liquid white chocolate, decorating to make them look like adorable ghosts, and freezing them overnight to be packed for tomorrow. They each only have half-an-ounce of chocolate per pop, making them much healthier than a standard chocolate bar from that shady haunted house next to the dim lamplight down the crooked street.

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Pizza doesn’t really grant a sense of healthy eating to many, but with new, innovative recipes and clever placement of vegetables, pizza can get as healthy as brussel sprouts doused in fish oil while actually being edible, and wonderfully so. With The Lunch MOB’s healthy school lunch programs, you can find a cauliflower bread substitute. Turn this into a splendid Frankenstein pizza creation with tomato sauce and some toppings of choice, and it becomes a lunch your children will assume to be you spoiling them because it tastes so nice. Keeping in touch with Halloween, you can theme the meal by slicing them into finger-shaped portions and tagging the top with a fingernail-shaped tomato slice, turning your kids into zombies that obtain 80% of their daily vitamin C with every serving.

5 Healthy Creative Treats for HalloweenSpooky Fruit Spider

Using a plum, three dozen grapes, and half-a-dozen toothpicks, you can spend some time connecting the fruits into a spider, with the plum sitting in the center and eight grape legs extending from the sides. The eyes can be made out of white chocolate with small raisins in the center, resulting in another harrowing snack, though this one might actually scare some people if they really don’t like spiders. Great idea from Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons

64-Non-Candy-Halloween-Snack-Ideas-witch-broomsCheesy Witch Brooms

Grains are an important part of healthy school lunch programs, and you can inspire a bit of Halloween spirit by turning pretzel sticks into witch brooms, created by Cocinanda Con Catman. Take a piece of cheese, cut it into a square, wrap it around the end of a pretzel stick, and keep it in place with chives as string. They look great as a party snack too, as you can lay them on a flat plate at a costume party.

Of course, it proves difficult to be creative with snacks and lunches with busy schedules and lots to do at home.The Lunch MOB can help you keep your children healthy with artisan, tasty meals delivered every school day — put together from scratch using ingredients from local growers — and it’s sure to free up a bit of time for your clever ideas, regardless of the season.