7 back to school lunches you’ll love

A turkey and cheese sandwich can be made more interesting with apple slices and flavored mayonaise or jam. Avocado and egg sandwich recipes (Photo: Amanda Inscore/The News-Press) Buy Photo

Back to school means back to early mornings, quick breakfasts and frantically packing kids’ lunches. Avocado and egg breakfast recipes When parents run out of time in the morning, one of the first things to go is packing their own lunch.

According to the 2015 Visa Lunch Spending Survey, Americans spend an average of $2,746 on lunch each year. Avocado egg yolk honey hair mask Most spend an average of $11 on lunch, but, if they packed their own, would spend only $6.30. Baked avocado with egg in the middle That may not seem much, but that is close to $20 a week in savings.

We asked local chefs for some tips on how to make lunches work for both kids and parents.


Avocado and egg sandwich healthy From classics like grilled cheese to indulgences like fluffernutter, we’ve got tips on how you can make lunches fit for the 5 to 55 crowd.

It’s easy. Salad with avocado and egg Slap some mayo on a two slices of bread and layer sliced turkey and cheese; cut it in half and you’ve got a classic lunchbox staple. Avocado and egg calories True, this could double as your lunch, but Chef Fabrice Deletrain has some much tastier versions.

For adults: Layer smoked turkey, applewood smoked bacon, smoked Gouda cheese, sliced avocado, sweet tomato marmalade in a chipotle tortilla wrap.

If you’re more of a ham house, Chef Amber Phillips of Sage Events Gluten Free Kitchen has a healthy take on a Monte Cristo sandwich. Egg in avocado recipe pinterest She says her daughter will eat ham and cheese sandwiches every day, so Chef Amber takes an extra step at breakfast to make this paleo sandwich for lunch.

For adults: Crack an egg and dip two pieces of Sage house-made paleo hemp bread into egg mixture. Egg and avocado toast Put in a hot pan and cook like french toast. Egg and avocado for breakfast Add ham and paleo mayonaisse. Avocado deviled eggs recipe paleo No dairy cheese, but maybe melt sheep’s milk manchego instead if you have a dairy allergy but want cheese. Avocado and egg salad recipe Pack carrots and fresh fruit for a paleo lunch. Avocado and egg microwave For a low carb option, wrap in organic Swiss chard or lettuce; add tzatziki, sliced cucumber, sprouts and shredded carrots

Chef Amber Phillips, Sage Events Gluten Free Kitchen, Catering, & Meal Delivery Service, 4584 Enterprise Ave. Avocado and egg hair mask Suite 4, Naples; www.sageevents.net.

Nick Lafakis, known locally as Chef Nico, not only updated the grilled cheese sandwich, but provided easy instructions that your kids can follow. Avocado and egg diet The busy father of two understands the importance of quick kitchen prep for grown-ups, and his chicken grilled cheese sandwich makes enough for two days of lunches.

For kids: Start with slices of ciabatta bread toasted or grilled so they are crispy. Poached egg and avocado While the bread is still hot, place cheddar or American cheese in between and microwave for 30 seconds. Baked avocado egg microwave Cut in half and pair with either fruits, veggies, or a low fat brand of Kettle chips.

Raise your hand if you lived on this as a kid. Avocado and egg breakfast ideas And keep it up if it’s the only thing your first grader will eat. Avocado and egg salad sandwich Chef Melissa Talmage is a busy mom to two kids on Sanibel and has a few tips on how to make this Wonder Bread wonder a much better lunchbox staple. Avocado and egg treatment for the hair How? With crepes.

For adults: Whip mascarpone or cream cheese into the peanut butter, and reduce some red wine and blend it into the jelly. Avocado egg and olive oil hair mask Then alternate the layers in the crepe.