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Easy, Yummy Kids' Lunches

It’s only October and your kids are already tired of their brown-bag lunches? Try these four healthy, delicious, and affordable lunches they’ll love, from Ellie Krieger, R.D., star of the Cooking Channel’s Healthy Appetite and author of So Easy. Each recipe serves four (you’ll be tempted to take them to work with you, too!), but you can modify them into a single serving.

By Nicole DeCoursy

Greek Salad Pitas
For the feta spread: In a bowl, combine 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese and 3 tablespoons of plain nonfat yogurt until smooth. Stir in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of dried oregano, 1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon zest, and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper. (The spread keeps up to five days in an air-tight container in the fridge.)

For the sandwich: Cut 4 whole-wheat pitas in half. Line each pocket with 1/2 a leaf of Romaine lettuce. Spread 2 heaping tablespoons of feta spread into each pocket, then fill with about 6 cucumber slices, 4 mint leaves, and 3 slices of roasted turkey breast. You’re done!

“Pizza” Stackers
Get reduced-sodium whole-grain crackers such as Triscuits. Cut slices of mozzarella cheese and tomato into squares to fit the cracker. Put the cheese and tomato slices between the crackers for a healthy crunchy lunch.

Peanut Butter And Fruit Wrap
Spread 2 tablespoons of natural-style peanut butter on each of four whole-wheat wrap breads. Evenly distribute 2 peeled and sliced bananas, 4 chopped large, pitted dates, and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon among the wraps. Roll and go.

“Rainbows and Butterflies” Pasta Salad
Cook 8 ounces of bowtie pasta, drain, toss with 1 teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil to prevent sticking, and cool. In a large bowl, toss together the pasta, 1 cup each of corn kernels and shelled Edamame (thawed if frozen), 1 medium diced red pepper, and 1/2 cup of shredded carrots. Add 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil and toss, then add 1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and toss to combine.

Nicole DeCoursy is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Westchester, NY with her husband, two boys, and three cats. Her work has been published in Redbook, Parenting, and Weight Watchers Magazine.

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