Rethinking ideas for the school lunch box from sandwiches to wraps to crackers and cheese and fruit on a stick.
Let’s talk for a minute about this business of school lunches. Just one more time, I promise.
We’re a week and a half in. I’ve sent hard boiled eggs with my kids three times. In my defense, my sweet kindergartener asked for them today while batting her long lashes and looking cute in her little red and blue dress, picked out specifically for “red” day.
The point is, I’m already in a rut. Each morning I stare at the empty containers and try to think of something fun and exciting to put into them, and when I think I do a good job – fresh, local strawberries today – those little eyelashes return home and poo-poo my efforts.
It’s an odd phenomenon how feeding a child at home can be so different than feeding the same child away from home with no parents or siblings to dictate. With Lene, for example, it’s not that she doesn’t like strawberries. She will happily eat strawberries any day of the week, but she did not appreciate strawberries in a container when opening her lunch today. Her reason: “They got slimy from bumping around in my lunchbox.” Lesson 1: Lene does not appreciate bruised fruit, not even a little bit.
So here I sit, negotiating feeding another child away from home. What are the things that she will like, and what sorts of things can I try, try again or make interesting simply by adding, well, toothpicks. (Do not doubt the power of a toothpick or a small appetizer fork in the lunch box. It’s a powerful tool.)
Here is my list of potential ways to twist the same food into as many different lunches as possible, keeping your kids interested and giving me plenty of options to try on that precocious little lass of mine.
- Homemade Applesauce
- Apple Fries with Nut/Sunflower Seed Butter to Dip
- Slices with Cheese
- Homemade Fruit Rolls
- Chicken Salad and Cherry Tomato Slices
- Cheese and Lunchmeat
- Cream Cheese and Olives
- Hummus and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
- Cream Cheese and Thin-Sliced Cucumbers
- Peanut or Nut Butter and Jam
- Cheese and Lunchmeat
- Avocado Slices and Smoked Salmon
- Waffle with Cream Cheese and Fresh Strawberry Slices
- Naan, Hummus and Roasted Red Peppers
- Banana Bread or Cinnamon Swirl Bread with Fruit Filling
- The Classics: PB&J, Cheese, Lunchmeat
- With Granola and Berries
- Frozen in Tubes
- In Freezer Smoothies
- By its Lonesome
What do you do to keep lunch interesting for your kids?
In other news, I’m still working on fixing the feed. It’s hard because I have to wait for it to update without posting to see if the changes are helping with the delivery. Thank you SO SO MUCH for being patient as I work out the bugs.
I have been busy writing at my usual places, so do check them out if you haven’t had enough of me:
::Tour de Farm and the Celebrity Chef Tour Join Forces
::10 Ways to Eat Your Squash and Like it Too
::Healthy Alternatives to Childhood Favorites
::Kitchen Organization = More Me Time
::Packing School Lunches in No Time at All