Gearing up for a new school year involves more than just buying notebooks and restocking backpacks. Although students sometimes dread a return to the classroom, you can keep this time of year fun for everyone with exciting new lunch ideas! Shea Homes® has collected a few tasty (and easy) recipes that will please even the pickiest eaters.

Chicken Wraps
Whether you want to make use of delicious leftovers from your weekend barbeque at your neighbor’s place or do slow-cooker chicken on your own, this lunch requires little effort. Starting with a few of your favorite tortillas — wheat varieties work best — add a small handful of shredded chicken breast and incorporate dressings such as ranch or Caesar depending on your personal preference. For a little bit of crunch and nutrition, include chopped vegetables like celery or grated carrot before seasoning with salt, pepper, and fresh herbs. Pack into lunch boxes or serve to your kids at the kitchen table as a tasty after-school snack!

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Peanut Butter on Pita
A classic peanut butter sandwich gets a makeover with these tasty treats. Rather than beginning with standard bread, try pita pockets instead! Cut several whole grain pitas in half and spread with natural peanut butter. If desired, add slices of ripe banana and other toppings like cinnamon or small chocolate chips. For an on-the-go lunch, skip separating the pitas and stuff your fillings into the pita’s natural pouch. While this recipe gives your children a wholesome school lunch, also consider it as a nourishing accompaniment perfect for a picnic in a community park at The Canyons

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Pasta Salad
Best served cold and bursting with flavor, pasta salad is a no-fuss lunch that packs well and tastes even better. Create your creamy base with mayonnaise and a splash of apple cider vinegar, then season to your liking. Toss in your choice of cooked short pasta such as penne or rotini along with halved cherry tomatoes and small cubes of cheese — you can even add a salty punch from chopped bacon or deli meat. Gently stir to combine and transfer to plates or plastic containers your kids can pack in their school bags. Be sure to make extra so you can eat out on your patio while enjoying the Colorado summer!

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While these lunches can inspire your back-to-school plans, think of them for other summer activities as well! From picnics to potlucks, these simple recipes are sure to impress a crowd and your family alike. Want more tips for back-to-school or interested in learning about our Shea communities? Connect with us today.

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