Back to School Lunch Boxes


It’s Back to School time again and for your family that means busy days with hectic schedules. Clothes shopping, picking up school supplies, meet the teacher night, sports sign-ups and that anxious feeling of the first day of school.

No matter what your child’s age good nutrition will help them navigate these hurdles head-on. That’s why we at Summeripe believe so strongly in Bentology. What’s that you might ask…we know…it sounds like a class but it’s actually a fun, smart way to get your kids to eat healthy portioned nutritious foods that help balance their every day. Here are four really simple ideas that are fun to make and provide all the fruit, vegetables, and proteins your student will need to achieve.

Hummus & Quesadillas 

  • Summeripe Peaches & Nectarines, cubed 
  • Strawberries, stems removed & quartered  
  • Cucumbers
  • Baby Carrots 
  • Hummus, we use 2 oz portion cups with a lid to keep things tidy
  • Pretzel Crisps 
  • Quesadilla, whole wheat tortilla with cheese, cut into four slices

Turkey Sandwich Rounds

  • Summeripe Peaches & Nectarines, cubed
  • Blueberries
  • Baby Carrots
  • Celery 
  • Turkey Sandwiches
    • Turkey lunchmeat
    • Mayonnaise
    • Baby Spinach
    • Cheese
    • Whole wheat bread
    • Make round sandwiches by cutting around a wide mouth cup or glass   
  • Hardboiled egg, peeled & cut in half

Cucumber Caterpillar & Turkey

  • Summeripe Peaches & Nectarines, sliced
  • Pretzel crisps
  • Cheese
  • Turkey lunchmeat, rolled 
  • Baby cucumber, sliced into bite size pieces
  • Candy eye cupcake decoration for caterpillar 

Turkey Pinwheels

  • Summeripe Peaches & Nectarines, cubed
  • Banana, sliced into bite size pieces
  • Baby cucumber, sliced into bite size pieces
  • Cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • Hardboiled egg, peeled & sliced in half
  • Turkey Pinwheels
    • Garden herb or whole wheat tortilla
    • Cream cheese or mayonnaise
    • Cheese
    • Turkey lunchmeat
    • Baby Spinach
    • Lay tortilla flat and spread an even layer of cream cheese or mayo. Layer turkey, spinach, and cheese leaving the last 1/3 with just cream cheese or mayo. Starting with the end with all ingredients, roll tightly. Slice into pinwheels! To make super clean cuts, refrigerate pinwheels for 2 or 4 hours then slice. 

 

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Summeripe White Stone Fruit Salad

  • Author: The Kitchen at Summeripe
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20

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Ingredients

  • 5 Summeripe White Peaches and/or Nectarines, cut into bite size chunks
  • 12 fresh strawberries, stems removed & quartered
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 1/22 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 6 mint leaves, thinly sliced
  • Handful or crushed candied pecans or walnuts

Instructions

  1. Toss the Summeripe white peaches/nectarines and strawberries together in a large bowl with the honey and lemon juice.
  2. Let sit for 10 minutes so the fruit has chance to macerate.
  3. Before serving, add mint and candied nuts, tossing gently to combine.

Notes

  • Don’t worry if the salad is too tart or too sweet. Simply add more honey or sprinkle with sugar to sweeten. If too sweet, add more lemon juice.

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Summeripe Nectarine, Basil & Feta Salad

  • Author: Alexandra Thurlow
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15
  • Category: salads
  • Method: fresh
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Summeripe Nectarines, fresh basil, tomatoes, & feta come together to make a savory & delicious summer salad.


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Ingredients

  • 5 Summeripe Yellow Nectarines, diced into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • Heaping handful of fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine Summeripe yellow nectarines, cherry tomatoes, basil, & olive oil into a large bowl. Season with salt & pepper. Toss to combine.
  2. Add in feta and gently toss to combine all ingredients. Adding more salt, pepper, or olive oil if desired.

Keywords: salads

Summer Fruit Salad

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Summer Fruit Salad

  • Author: The Kitchen at Mountain View
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15
  • Category: salads

Description

Talk about simple & healthy! This Summer fruit salad features all of your favorite stone fruits with a little berry twist.


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Ingredients

  • 2 yellow peaches, sliced
  • 2 yellow nectarines, sliced
  • 2 plums, sliced
  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 3 cups Estate Vineyards grapes (green, red, and/or black grapes)
  • 1 ½ cup blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, about 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • Handful of crushed candied pecans

Instructions

  1. In a large serving bowl, combine peaches, nectarines, plums, strawberries, grapes, and blueberries.
  2. In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, maple syrup, and balsamic vinegar.
  3. Drizzle dressing onto the fruit and gently toss to combine. Adjust dressing to taste if needed. Sprinkle candied pecans on top.
  4. Serve immediately or let chill in the refrigerator for later.

Notes

  • Serve as a side dish or add some whipped cream for a tasty dessert.

Keywords: salads

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Rascal Mandarin & Golden Beet Salad

  • Author: The Kitchen at Summeripe
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10

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Ingredients

  • 6 Rascal Mandarins, cut in half the peeled with segments removed
  • 2 large green apples, sliced
  • 10 golden beats, peeled and sliced
  • slivered almonds to taste

Dressing

  • 1 bottle fat free zesty Italian dressing
  • 1 cup Rascal Mandarin juice, about 8 mandarins
  • 1 Tablespoon Brilliant Meyer lemon juice, about 1 lemon
  • 12 Tablespoons rice vinegar

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients into a serving bowl. Add dressing to taste.
  2. Keep left over dressing in refrigerator

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Brilliant Meyer Lemon & Quinoa Salad

  • Author: The Kitchen at Summeripe
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45

Description

Brilliant Meyer Lemons add a fresh twist to this healthy and hearty fall salad.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup butternut squash (about 1/2 squash), cubed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup edamame beans
  • 1 or 2 Brilliant Meyer Lemons, juiced
  • and the zest of 1 Brilliant Meyer Lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons Brilliant Meyer Lemon Compound Butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • Olive oil
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Slivered almonds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel and cube butternut squash. Coat with olive oil, salt and pepper. Arrange coated squash evenly on baking sheet. Roast until squash is tender, about 30 minutes.
  2. While squash is roasting, combine quinoa, water, chicken broth, Brilliant Meyer Lemon juice, zest, 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. salt, edamame, and meyer lemon compound butter into a covered saucepan. Bring to a boil the turn down to a simmer.
  3. Simmer until water is gone and quinoa is fluffy.
  4. Finish with a squeeze of Brilliant Meyer Lemon juice to brighten up flavors.

Notes

  • Brilliant Meyer Lemon Compound Butter

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon (about 1 Brilliant Meyer Lemon) Brilliant Meyer Lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Brilliant Meyer Lemon Zest

Directions

  • 1. Stir together softened butter, Brilliant Meyer Lemon juice, and zest.

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Summeripe Nectarine & Avocado Toast

  • Author: The Kitchen at Summeripe
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 2 1x

Description

Need a delicious, nutritious, and easy snack? Try the Summeripe Nectarine & Avocado Toast! Summeripe yellow nectarines, avocados & feta cheese toasted to crunchy perfection will satisfy all of your snack cravings.


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Ingredients

  • 1 Summeripe yellow nectarine, sliced into 1012 slices
  • 2 slices plain bread (we like sourdough)
  • 1 very ripe avocado
  • 1/2 lime
  • 12 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
  • Handful of baby arugula
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)
  • Olive oil

Instructions

  1. Scoop out avocado into a bowl, add in lime juice, salt & pepper. Roughly mash the avocados with a fork.
  2. Split avocado mixture onto the two bread slices, add nectarine slices and crumbled feta.
  3. Place onto a baking sheet to toast in the oven or on the grill (medium high heat) until the bread is toasted and cheese is slightly soft.
  4. Remove from oven/grill and top with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, and baby arugula.

Keywords: appetizers

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Summeripe Creamy Peach Popsicles

  • Author: The Kitchen at Summeripe
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 480
  • Total Time: 490
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

Cool down this summer with these sweet and creamy peach popsicles


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Ingredients

  • 45 Summeripe yellow peaches, sliced
  • 1 cup vanilla greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp Honey

Instructions

  1. Combine peach slices, yogurt, and honey into a blender and blend until smooth
  2. Pour into popsicle molds
  3. Freeze for 6-8 hours
  4. Enjoy!

 

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Summeripe Peach & Onion Salad

  • Author: Peggy Thurlow
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
  • Category: salads
  • Method: fresh

Description

This Summeripe Peach & Onion Salad has all of the elements we love in a summer salad… Easy, colorful, and delicious!


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Ingredients

  • 2 Summeripe Yellow Peaches, sliced
  • 2 Summeripe Plums or Plumcots, sliced
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 3 springs of fresh thyme (optional)
  • About 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the Summeripe Yellow Peaches, Plums, and red onion into a large serving dish
  2. Add vinegar and olive oil and mix together, making sure all fruit slices and onions are coated with vinegar/oil mix
  3. Sprinkle the fresh thyme and add salt to taste

Keywords: salad

Summeripe Peach Parfait

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Summeripe Peach Parfait

  • Author: Alexandra Thurlow
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5

Description

Who knew that a tasty & healthy breakfast could be this easy? Our Summeripe Peach Parfait only needs three ingredients to make your mornings a bit brighter: Summeripe Peaches, Summeripe Peach Granola, & Yogurt


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Ingredients

  • 1 or 2 Summeripe Yellow Peaches, diced
  • 1/2 cup Summeripe Peach Granola (or your favorite granola)
  • 1/2 cup Non-Fat Greek Yogurt (or your favorite yogurt)

Instructions

  1. Place about 1/4 cup of yogurt on the bottom of a glass
  2. Add a layer of diced Summeripe Peaches onto the yogurt then add 1/4 cup of granola (placing the Summeripe Peaches on the yogurt before the granola will help the granola from getting soggy)
  3. Add another layer of yogurt on top of the Summeripe Peaches and granola
  4. Top with more Summeripe Peaches and granola
  5. Enjoy!

Keywords: breakfast