Easy Lunch Prep Protein Boxes

Easy Lunch Prep Protein Boxes with Three Bridges Tortellini ~ these energy packed protein bistro boxes made with mini tortellini skewers will set you up for healthy lunches and snacking!

*Today I’m teaming up with Three Bridges™ ~ their line of fresh refrigerated pastas and sauces are made in small batches from premium, wholesome ingredients without preservatives, antibiotics, or hormones.  The brand makes clean eating a little bit easier for all of us with simple, honest, and better-for-you products.

Lunch has never been my strong suit, and I struggle with mid-day hunger a lot.  I mean, I get downright hangry, and that’s never a good thing.  Once you’ve gotten all the way to hangry, you need to grab something.  Fast.  You can stick a spoon in a peanut butter jar, cut off a chunk of leftover Brie, or you can get smart and do some lunch prep!

That’s where Three Bridges comes in.  Their line of fresh pastas has turned me into a lunch prep ninja.  The base for my lunch (or snack!) boxes here is their Triple Cheese Tortellini.  These plump little filled pastas are virtual protein bombs, with up to 14 grams per serving, and the real food ingredient list is a pleasure to read ~ you can offer it to your family with confidence.

TIP: Wonder whether a particular brand or product is healthy?  Read the label.  If the ingredients are whole foods that you can pronounce, it’s a pretty good indication that it’s good for you.

I like to make colorful little skewers for my lunch prep boxes. With back to school season in full swing, these are perfect for kids lunches!  I take long toothpicks and alternate the tortellini with yummy tidbits like olives, cold cuts, cherry tomatoes, etc.  Three or four of these skewers makes a satisfying and healthy lunch, and you can stack them up with whatever you like.

Did you know tortellini is also called ombelico (or belly buttons) in Italy?

I add extras like crackers, baby carrots, grapes…whatever I have around.  And then I’ll pack up little containers of dipping sauce for the skewers…I love Three Bridges Pesto Sauces, they make a classic Basil Pesto Sauce and also a delicious Kale Pesto Sauce, and they’re fresh, which makes all the difference.

TIP: If you’re making lunch boxes for kids to take to school, snip off the pointed end of your toothpicks or skewers after you’ve threaded them.

I’ve got lunch for the week ~ take that, hangry!

All kidding aside, mid-day snacking can really wreak havoc on a healthy diet.  It’s probably the biggest issue I have with my own eating habits, and prepping lunch or protein boxes like this has really helped me out.  Here’s what I packed into my boxes, to give you a starting point~

  • cheese tortellini skewers
  • dip like pesto, marinara, or hummus
  • wheat crackers
  • cold cuts
  • cheese sticks
  • cut veggies like carrots
  • hard cooked eggs
  • nuts like almonds or peanuts
  • grapes

TIP: Go ‘green’ and ditch your paper lunch bags, baggies, and napkins in favor of plastic or glass storage boxes and cloth napkins.  My plaid cotton napkins are made from recycled men’s shirts!

Looking for other delicious ways to use your Three Bridges tortellini?  I recommend my TORTELLINI SALAD, but there are lots of great recipes out there, like this Tortellini with Italian Sausage, or this Creamy Tortellini Soup ~ yum!

Tortellini Skewer Lunch Prep Boxes

Yield: makes 4 lunch boxes

Tortellini Skewer Lunch Prep Boxes

Ingredients

    skewers
  • 2 cups cooked Three Bridges Tortellini, any variety
  • cherry tomatoes
  • fresh mozzarella balls
  • pitted olives, black or green
  • small gherkin pickles
  • cubes of cheese, any variety
    dipping sauce
  • Three Bridges Pesto Sauce
  • Three Bridges Marinara Sauce
  • Three Bridges Alfredo Sauce
    add-ins
  • crackers
  • deli meat
  • sliced cheese
  • cheese sticks
  • fruit
  • nuts
  • carrot sticks
  • snap peas

Instructions

  1. Thread the tortellini onto toothpick skewers, alternately with the tomatoes, cheese, deli meats, pickles, and olives.
  2. Arrange in lunch boxes with a small container of one of the dipping sauces, and the add-ins of your choice. Cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
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Make it your own ~

  • Skewered tortellini would make for a fun and easy weeknight dinner for the kiddos.  Simply thread the cooked pasta onto skewers and serve with a warm bowl of Three Bridges Heirloom Marinara Sauce or their creamy Alfredo Sauce for dipping.  No kid will be able to resist, guaranteed :)
  • Serve these skewers as a colorful appetizer, and don’t forget the dipping sauces.

 

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips
    September 9, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    My boys love tortellini! You’ve given me some great ideas!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 9, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      Thanks Brianne!

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    Liz
    September 9, 2017 at 11:06 am

    I definitely need a stash of these for my lunches and snacks! Such a nice change from my go-to lunch options!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    September 9, 2017 at 4:33 am

    Such a great lunchbox idea! Loving the meal prep trend :)

  • Reply
    Liren | Kitchen Confidante
    September 8, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    This is great, Sue! I actually packed tortellini soup for my daughter’s lunch today, but on days when it’s a little too hot for soup, this is a fabulous idea that I know she’ll love! Thank you!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    September 8, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Such a wonderful idea Sue – and you are right, those afternoon trips to the refrigerator don’t do me any good! Sharing with my daughter so she can make these for grandson Isaac :) He would love it!

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    Cassidy McClellan
    September 8, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    This is such a clever idea! I love it! My only hesitation is eating tortellini cold.. I’ve never done that! Do you like it better cold or warm? I’m always on the hunt for a lunch I don’t have to heat up!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 8, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      I love it both ways, and if you’ve ever had a tortellini pasta salad you’ll know how it is cold. I think it’s a great way to get an easy shot of protein and energy without resorting to empty carbs.

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    Calleigh Keibler - TheForkBite
    September 8, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Preparing and planning our meals ahead of time will make healthy choices a fuss-free and a no-brainer. Thank goodness various sneaky tricks can help to make assembling meals a cinch if you’re intimidated by cooking. I’m going to whip up my favorite plastic container and get this started. Thanks for the ideas.

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    rachael
    September 8, 2017 at 11:30 am

    I’ve been looking for a good pesto, I used to buy the one at Trader Joes but I moved…then I tried one from a jar and I couldn’t believe how bad it was!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      You’ll love this one, Rachel, and it’s readily available in regular supermarkets…I couldn’t believe how bright and fresh it was, and stayed, for days in the fridge.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    September 8, 2017 at 10:54 am

    These are some great lunch box ideas, Sue.

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    Chris Scheuer
    September 8, 2017 at 10:29 am

    What a wonderful idea! I always struggle with finding decent healthy lunches for the grandkids – this is perfect! And that pasta sounds wonderful. I love that it’s so high in protein, not the norm for pasta!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 8, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Thanks Chris, and I agree, great for kids…I wish I had this idea when my girls were in school, I can’t tell you how many ‘LUNCHABLES’ came home uneaten!

  • Reply
    Carol Hyland
    September 8, 2017 at 10:07 am

    What is the brand name of the containers you used! They are lovely too!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 8, 2017 at 10:13 am

      They’re Rubbermaid, Carol, they have a new line out called “Brilliance”, I love them. There’s a link to them in the post. You can find them HERE.

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    Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy
    September 8, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Woah! Those are such fun lunch boxes!!!! Absolutely love Tortellini!

  • Reply
    Sarah Newman
    September 8, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Being gluten free I really miss tortellini! But those dipping sauces look super yummy :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 8, 2017 at 7:00 am

      Three Bridges does make gluten free ravioli Sarah, and I’ve tried it, it’s great!

  • Reply
    Debra C.
    September 8, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Love this idea and I know my hubby will too! I pack his lunch every morning and after awhile a sandwich is pretty boring. THIS up’s the lunchtime game. Love it!!!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 8, 2017 at 6:04 am

      I remember the days of packing lunches, Debra, and it’s not fun. Hope fully this will make it a little more interesting for both of you :)

  • Reply
    Amy | The Cook Report
    September 8, 2017 at 5:41 am

    This is such a cute idea! Love tortellini

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