We asked registered dietician Diane Henderiks for some ideas for quick, healthy, nutritious dinners that can be re-purposed for school lunches.
We begin with Taco Night.
"All the classic things are in a taco, and we have some lean ground beef, you can also use lean turkey or lean chicken," said Henderiks.
After dinner, pack ingredients into containers and into a lunch box.
"It works great, make sure you use a cold pack, keep everything cold, then rotisserie chicken, I love because there is no cooking involved, simple and easy to re-purpose into a million things," she says.
Paninis are a great example.
"That's on whole grain bread, reduced fat cheese, spinach and lean chicken," Hendericks says.
Next up is pasta: pasta salad.
"You take some aside at dinner time," says Hendericks, "turn it into cold pasta salad where you chop up your kids' favorite veggies."
She suggests packing a cup to a cup and a half for a school-aged child.
Lastly turkey meatloaf can easily be re-purposed into lunchtime sliders.
"Throw in some veggies on the side," says Hendericks.
Find the complete recipes at dianehenderiks.com