Lunch Bunch: Yogurt Parfaits & Cream Cheese Sushi


by Aug 22nd, 2010 // Kid-tastic, Lunch, Recipes, School Lunch, Tool Tips, Veggie Friendly

Lunch Bunch: Yogurt Parfaits & Cream Cheese Sushi

The other night I was out to dinner with ‘the girls’ from preschool. ‘The girls’ (aka other preschool moms) were talking about how they wind up packing the same lunch every day for their kiddos. This struck me as the perfect opportunity to get creative when it comes to making lunch. Here’s my commitment to you girls: Every day for the next 5 days we’ll post 2 new lunch ideas. That should give you ladies two weeks worth of things to pack!

I got these new lunch box containers from a company called Easy Lunchboxes. They come in a set of 4 and they are made of BPA free plastic. Easy Lunchboxes was started by a mom and these containers are brilliant. I’m no longer using baggies (that wind up in landfills) and I’m done searching for all different sized containers each morning. Everything fits right in. Plus, having a set of 4 makes things ultra convenient because I don’t have to wash it at the last minute when I’m trying to get out the door. This Build Your Own Parfait Lunch is so easy to put together that it shouldn’t even count as something we made.

But, I’m counting it anyway because we did make up a batch of Homemade Granola.  You don’t have to use our granola, you can use store bought, I won’t tell!

Build Your Own Yogurt Parfait Lunch:
Fresh Berries
Plain or Vanilla Yogurt
Apple Sauce (if using plain yogurt)

Instruct your kid to remove the yogurt and applesauce from the containers and pour them into a bowl you’ve provided. In our case, my kid uses the compartment right in the easy lunchbox container! Your kid can layer ingredients using yogurt, applesauce, granola and fruit and then eat. So fun and crazy delicious. Check out our Cream Cheese Sushi Lunch

Okay, it’s really nothing like sushi but my kid L-O-V-E-S calling it that so that’s what we call it. It’s so simple to assemble. Here’s what you need.

Cream Cheese & Jelly Sushi
2 pieces wheat bread
cream cheese

Cut off the crusts and roll out the bread with a rolling pin. (Notice the dog observing my kid’s work? She’s really just hoping something will drop.)

Spread cream cheese on each slice.

Spoon jelly in a strip down the center of the bread.

Carefully roll up the bread and seal it with a bit more cream cheese if need be. Then take a sharp knife and cut it into sushi pieces. As you can see here, we served our sushi with carrot and cucumber sticks, blueberries and some organic gummy bears.


18 Comments on “Lunch Bunch: Yogurt Parfaits & Cream Cheese Sushi”

  1. 1.) Sarah
    August 23rd, 2010

    Your parfait lunch looks just like what I usually eat for breakfast! (minus the applesauce) What a fun lunch to pack. I'm experimenting with my granola recipe to use seeds instead of nuts because my school is nut-free.

    Keep up the amazing work!

  2. 2.) misti
    August 22nd, 2010

    mmm cream cheese and jelly… one of my favorites.. another favorite is the baguette with jam and cheddar you so graciously served :) cute ideas for lunch and love those containers!

  3. 3.) Kelly Lester
    August 23rd, 2010

    Showing the sushi sandwiches to my girls. They're going to LOVE making these!!! Fabulous Rebecca!!

  4. 4.) Stephanie
    August 23rd, 2010

    That looks like my kind of sushi! I know my kiddos will be excited to add these to our lunch rotation. And I bet our dog will be watching for falling food objects as well. :)

  5. 5.) LLC
    August 23rd, 2010

    What type of lunch bag does this easy lunch system fit in?

  6. 6.) michelle
    August 23rd, 2010

    fabulous! we're completely stuck in a lunch rut. I thought I had to provide lunch to my daughter this year at school, but turns out that since I pick her up at noon, I don't have to worry about it. That doesn't mean that I'm not trying to get a better grip on fixing lunches. I also LOVE the Bento lunch boxes. I almost bought a different one, but I love that they come in a set of 4 so you're not washing everything every night. I'll have to start experimenting with having these lunches ready for my little one when she walks in the door or as a wonderful picnic option.

  7. 7.) Elyse
    August 23rd, 2010

    Just found you on Twitter. I love being creative with school lunches and can't wait to use some of your ideas this year!

  8. 8.) BGL
    August 23rd, 2010

    Love the sushi idea! LO starts mommy & me preschool tomorrow & I'm going to incorporate your ideas! Thanks much!

  9. 9.) Andi
    August 23rd, 2010

    These are wonderful. I found you through a RT on Twitter from Craft. I'll be watching this series.

  10. 10.) Kindra
    August 23rd, 2010

    I might even get one of those lunch boxes for me and take my own lunch to work. What a great idea and we're not filling up the landfill either.

  11. 11.) CookingWithMyKid
    August 23rd, 2010

    We brought 3 of them with us to Disneyland last week. Made things so easy!

  12. 12.) CookingWithMyKid
    August 23rd, 2010

    Click on the link in my post to go to the Easy Lunchboxes site. She's got measurements and also some really reasonably priced bags as well. Love 'em!

  13. 13.) SushiTail
    August 25th, 2010

    That is a great environmentally friendly sushi!
    I support sustainable sushi whole-heartedly.

  14. 14.) Jessica
    August 25th, 2010

    I really like this idea. I am going to try it with the jalepeno jelly!

  15. 15.) juanita rosas
    August 26th, 2010

    Great idea! We tried ours with a flat tortilla type wrap. Yay!!

  16. 16.) jacq
    August 29th, 2010

    CREAM CHEESE AND JELLY ROLLS!!!! You just made my night.

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