These healthy lunchbox skewers are made with cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, and cheese tortellini. Both kids and adults love this healthy snack that’s packable and easy to transport.
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Smell that?! That’s the crisp scent of back-to-school time, a.k.a. one of my favorite times of year. I’m not a traditional student anymore, but I still love the beginning of September. This year I am teaching some introductory nutrition classes at a local university, meaning I get to experience back-to-school in a whole different way!
Even though I have new role in the classroom, I’m still implementing some of the tried and true techniques I used as a student. By that, I mean that I still keep an impeccable planner (nerd alert), stay up late prepping for class…and, of course, prepare a LOT of yummy snacks and lunches that I can eat on the go.
I had my lunchbox in mind when I created this recipe for Tomato, Pepper, and Tortellini Lunchbox Skewers. I wanted something easy, tasty, and veggie-filled (duh) that appealed to both adults and kids. Plus, as Will pointed out, it had to be something that would keep well in a lunchbox. After all, nothing is worse than a soggy or smushed lunch!
Being the seasonal veggie lover that I am, I wanted to incorporate early September produce. Bite-size skewers, I thought, would be an easy way to put together cherry tomatoes and pepper slices. Add in a crowd favorite (enter: tortellini) to tie it all together, and voila, a filling and nutritious lunch option was born.
How to Make Lunchbox Skewers
- Prepare the tortellini according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
- Wash the cherry tomatoes and cut up the bell pepper.
- Put together the skewers by pushing a toothpick through one to two tortellini, a tomato, and a bell pepper.
- The lunchbox I used for the pictures in this post is from LunchBots. Check ’em out by clicking that link!
- You can make these lunchbox skewers ahead of time or set up an assembly line in you or your kid’s lunchbox. They hold up really well in the fridge for at least a week.
- If you really want to get fancy, pack some pesto or balsamic reduction to drizzle on top of the finished skewers. Check out my recipe for Easy Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce for another condiment idea. If your kid isn’t that adventurous, he or she can definitely enjoy them plain!
More Lunchbox Recipes
For recipes that pack well for work and school, like these lunchbox skewers, check out the following posts. My post on 25 Easy Vegetable Snacks also has some good options!
- Zucchini Carrot Oat Muffins
- Oatmeal Raisin Sweet Potato Cookies
- Spinach Banana Muffins
- Healthy Homemade Seed and Kale Crackers
- Chocolate Cherry Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars
- Unsweetened Applesauce with Veggies
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Tomato, Pepper, and Tortellini Lunchbox Skewers
- 10 ounce tortellini - of choice
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes - about 20
- 1 bell pepper - sliced into 20 squares
- Pesto - optional
- Balsamic reduction - optional
- Cook the tortellini according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Wash the tomatoes and cut the pepper.
- Prepare the skewers by putting 1 to 2 cooked tortellini pieces, a cherry tomato, and a slice of pepper on a toothpick. Make 20 or more skewers, depending on how much of each ingredient you have.
- Keep the skewers in the fridge in an airtight container, and add to your lunchbox all week long! Pack pesto or balsamic reduction (or a mix of balsamic vinegar and olive oil) to dip the skewers in if desired.
- You can use plain cheese tortellini or an option with different fillings. I used spinach tortellini for some more vegetables. 100% whole wheat options can also provide some added nutrition.
- Instead of prepping the full skewers in advance, you can pack the ingredients separately to be assembled at lunch time. Both the completed skewers and individual ingredients keep well in the fridge for about a week.
Happy first week back at school! – Lizzie