New Year’s Back-to-School Lunch Box

by / ⠀Happy Hacks How-tos Recipes / January 8, 2015

Happy 2015! Today, we have a really easy and delicious lunch idea that your kiddos will love.

One of my biggest “ugh” moments is when a lunch box comes home practically untouched. I always worry if he starved all day. But, when I put some extra thought into lunch, I can usually guarantee an empty box that day. This lunch (with the mac and cheese muffins) came home with barely a crumb left! Score! 

These muffins are ridiculously easy. Use your favorite macaroni and cheese (homemade or boxed…we like an organic boxed kind in our house), and place big scoops into greased muffin tin holes (squishing down well) with a sprinkling of bread crumbs on top. In these muffins pictured here, I also added a handful diced ham. These muffins were pretty much made of leftovers…it worked out great! Bake the muffins at 350° for 20 minutes. 

So yummy! They’re an awesome addition to any lunch. And of course, perfection for my non-sandwich eater.

Also included in this lunch is a clementine (I peel it ahead of time so he won’t have an excuse), grape tomatoes, NatureBox Chocolate Banana Chips, and NatureBox Garden Tomato Crunchies.

Here’s to healthy (and finished) lunches in 2015!

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Kristi Dominguez is a former event planner and part-time graphic designer. She blogs at where she tackles projects to turn her cookie-cutter home into something more exciting. A lot more exciting.

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    Michelle F.
    January 10, 2015 at 1:55 am

    That is such a great idea. I am going to try those "muffins" on my picky toddler.

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    January 10, 2015 at 2:02 am

    That definitely looks like a healthy lunch and one that most kids would actually eat!

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    January 10, 2015 at 3:20 am

    I could totally make that! That wouldn’t be beyond me at all! I Love reusing left overs too!

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    January 10, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Wow, this looks great! I am going to try to make the mac and cheese looking muffins!

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    Rose A
    January 10, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    I have a non-sandwich eater. Well, that’s not true, he likes Cheez wiz but I"m not happy sending him with that to school. I love seeing ideas for the non-sandwich lovers. 🙂 Happy New Year to you!

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    Patranila Jefferson
    January 10, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Wow. This is so convenient! Signing up right now!

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    Kelly Hutchinson
    January 10, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    I too have had that virtually uneaten lunchbox come home and wonder if the kids starved all day. I love to fill their boxes with yummy but healthy foods. The garden tomato crunchies are a favorite of mine.

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    January 13, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Yumm. I would have never thought of mac n’ Cheese muffins

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