There is simply no reason for lunches to be boring, although it is a complaint I hear a lot.A couple of things to keep in mind when you are making the lunches: do you have the proper containers to keep the food hot or cold as needed? Is there an accessible microwave? Is there a good balance/variety
I like to make bento for the girls when I have the time; everyone thinks these are amazing and somehow food that is presented attractively seems to taste better.
I will be doing a series of posts on bento including a v-log, but in the meantime here are some simple things that you can do that take very little time or trouble and make your child’s lunches stand out.
Vary up the bread; sliced bread is great, of course, but how much more fun if your sandwich is in a pocket (pita) or rolled up in a tortilla? There is a vast array of rolls for you to choose from as well. Salads are a nice, refreshing change and there is such a wide variety to choose from that you could eat a different type every day for a month without repeating.
A simple wide-mouthed Thermos is under $10 and will keep soup, stew, chili and the like hot until lunchtime
I will leave you with a sampling of a (school) week’s worth of lunches to give you some ideas:
flour tortilla spread with cranberry mustard and cream cheese, turkey, Swiss cheese, organic baby spinach and chopped tomato.
Carrot and cucumber spears with low fat ranch dressing/dip.
100 calorie snack cake
Chef salad with field greens, sliced hard boiled egg, diced ham, shredded cheese, grape or cherry tomatoes, and any other veggies you like, choice of dressing.
Oatmeal Craisin cookies
Iced water with raspberries
Bagel with cream cheese (mix in a little bit of jelly if desired)
Cantaloupe & grapes
Lettuce wraps with chicken salad made with diced apples, Craisins, celery and pecans with enough mayo to bind.
Whole wheat roll with honey butter
String cheese or Baby Bel wheel, celery and carrot sticks
Corn muffins made up with diced ham and shredded cheese (I use the Jiffy mix).
Pasta salad with veggies and Italian dressing
Yogurt parfait made with granola and fresh (or frozen) berries
Iced green tea with mint and lemon
What are your lunchbox challenges? I’d be delighted to help you out if you have any questions or comments or need some more ideas.
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Posted by Sherry of Loon-atics In The Kitchen
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