CHCH TV DIY dinners that make great school lunches

CHCH TV Segment: DIY dinners that also make healthy school lunches!

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3 Easy Peasy NO recipe DIY Dinners (#spon)

You’re in the thick of busy weeknights and summer is a faint memory right?

I hear yah, so no delay here. Everyone gets to make their own so these DIY healthy dinners are a superb way to manage fussy eaters and still make it to a swimming lesson on time!

TIP: Double up these dinners and send them for school lunches.


DIY Dinner #1: Cobb salad in a jar to go

This is perfect for nights you need to get across town for a game and the only way you’ll make it on time is to take dinner with you.

Forget using a recipe. This is a salad (any fave greens will do) with chopped hard-cooked eggs, chunks of cheese and any leftover chopped meat, fish or beans and extra veggies you have on hand. Get a dressing into the bottom of the jar and let everyone go to town layering up their salad finishing with lettuce ( so it doesn’t get mushy).


  • Hard-cooked eggs keep for a week in the fridge.
  • Don’t skip the yolk! Half the protein and almost all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are in the yolk.
  • You might like: Mr Cobb Salad


refried beans pizza

DIY Dinner #2: Refried Bean Pizza

Kids love pizza but beans not so much. Pair them together and you might have a new bean lover in the family. Here’s how.

Smear refried beans (see recipe link below) over a whole wheat tortilla. I use about 1/3 cup for the smaller tortillas. Sprinkle with cheese and put another tortilla over top. Now go to town with the DIY pizza toppings (minus the pizza sauce). Try to include lots of veggie options. Bake at 400 for about 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted and beans are heated through.


  • Refried Pinto Beans recipe  via Ontario Bean Growers.
  • Refried beans can be frozen for up to a month.
  • Canned beans are convenient and just as healthy as dried option. Give them a rinse to remove about 40% of the sodium or buy salt-free varieties.

tex mex beef taco

DIY Dinner #3: Tex Mex Beef Tacos

Get a head start on dinner with  Big Batch Tex Mex ground beef  in the freezer. Loaded with veggies and protein-rich, it makes a great taco filler. Everyone can dress up their own tacos with veggies, cheese, salsa, avocado etc.

TIP: Slice up fruit (kids eat more fruit when it’s sliced), add a glass of milk and dinner is done.

What other DIY dinners do like?







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