School’s out for summer camp, which means endless summer days and nights of fun-filled playing, making friends, and enjoying the weather outside. Of course, if you are a working parent, that also means weeks, if not months, of constant meal-prep for your kids, with all the chopping, sandwich-crafting, and cooking, it entails. Fortunately for you, we have a list of meal-prep ideas that your kids will love, and that you can lean on, all summer long. That way, with meal prep out of the way, and a sleek, safe bento box to store it in, you can get on with enjoying your summer too!
Meal Prep Ideas For Summer Camp
Below you will find some fresh meal prep ideas that can be prepared ahead of time and stored inside one of Kangovou’s bento boxes. Each idea is not only nutritious but cheap too, and is easy to make. Here’s to breaking the monotony of your standard sandwich and chips combo!
Cut up a sandwich of your choice into puzzle pieces that fit perfectly together. Then, add in a fruit and vegetable you know your child enjoys to accompany it. Depending on your choices, you can even cut the fruit up into puzzle pieces to keep up with the lunch theme. Add in a crunchy snack like chips or puffs and your child has a great, healthy snack with lots of dimension and variety.
Hard Boiled Eggs
This is a great finger food lunch for any kid who likes eggs. Put in a couple of hard-boiled eggs along with some snack crackers, dipping sauce and pita chips. Consider adding a bit of salsa to fiesta-fy your almuerzo.
Small Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
This lunch is a classic, but with a twist. Make a couple smaller sized ham and cheese sandwiches. In the other parts of the bento box add in crisp veggies or some yogurt. You can even find space to add in a couple of cookies or small pieces of fruit.
It doesn’t get easier than this. Repurpose pizza from the previous night’s dinner by slicing it in quarters and adding in some crispy veggies like sugar snap peas. You can add a flavored dipping sauce for the pizza slices, or put some sweet fruit in another section of the bento box for an outstanding flavor combination.
A fun twist on the standard turkey sandwich. Make your child their turkey sandwich however they like with cheese and their condiment of choice. Then add some cheese cubes, carrot sticks and sweet berries for a filling and healthy lunch.
Pick your sandwich type from any of your child’s favorites and cut the sandwich up into animal shapes in the largest part of your bento box. You can easily shape the sandwich into your child’s favorite animal. Easy options include a bunny, lion, fish, or cow. Then add in some fruits or veggies that your child likes, and they have a super nutritious, yet entertaining lunch.
Simply make a standard sandwich such as ham and cheese or turkey and cheese and cut it up small enough to slide onto a kabob. Then add in a muffin or brownie for a touch of sweetness, along with a nutritious veggie or fruit. It’s a sweet, simple spin on the standard, boring sandwich.
Speak to Kangovou About Other Meal Prep Ideas
Pick up and drop off at summer camp can be hard enough on the working parent. You don’t need to add extra pressure trying to come up with the most unique lunch options for your child. We hope this list has given you easy-to-prepare options that your kids will enjoy as much as you enjoy making.
Looking for a lunch box? Bento boxes provide a safe and sleek carrying option for all of the aforementioned lunch ideas. And with their cubby-like compartments for separate entrees, they can make all the difference in keeping items separate from each other too (perfect for the fussy kid). Check out Kangovou today for other meal prep ideas or to check out the full line of bento lunch boxes!