Lunch Bunch 5: Lunch Skewers & Veggie Stuffed Bagels


by Aug 26th, 2010 // Kid-tastic, Lunch, Recipes, School Lunch

Lunch Bunch 5: Lunch Skewers & Veggie Stuffed Bagels

I didn’t purposely save the best for last, but it turns out that I did. I started my day at 6:00am in New York (3:00am body time), flew back to LA, came home, fed the baby and then headed off to the store to get lunch supplies. I found myself face to face with a kosher salami and it hit me (the thought, not the salami):  salami + cheese + soft pretzel = kidtastic. So, I put that salami in my cart and the rest is history.

Salami Pretzel Skewers Lunch
2 thick slices kosher salami (cut into 4 triangles)
1 soft baked pretzel or pretzel bites (in the freezer section of your grocery store)
8 cubes of cheddar cheese

Heat the pretzel according to the oven instructions on the box. (Don’t microwave them!) We used a full pretzel and then cut it into chunks. If you can find the soft bake pretzel bites you can use them instead.

Set out all the ingredients on a plate.

Let your kid assemble the skewers by sliding on salami, followed by cheese, followed by the pretzel.

Resist the urge to eat that skewer. Pack it in your kids lunchbox with homemade pickles and some carrot sticks. Try not to be too jealous of his lunch. Now check out our stuffed bagel recipe…

When I was a kid my dad would bring home a bag of bagel sticks on Friday night. They were meant to be consumed on Saturday morning, but they never really made it that far. My middle brother and I would fight over the salt bagel stick. FYI: bagel sticks are just like bagels, fat and doughy but stick shaped not round. After fighting me tooth and nail for that salt bagel stick, my brother would poke out the insides and fill it with cream cheese then taunt me while eating it. I guess that should make me a stuffed bagel hater, but my brother and I are now the very best of friends and stuffing a bagel reminds me of our childhood. This one is stuffed with homemade veggie cream cheese. Mike, this one is for you.

Veggie Cream Cheese Stuffed Bagel Lunch
1/2 carrot (diced)
1/4 red pepper (diced)
1/2 Persian cucumber (diced)
2 to 3 tablespoons organic cream cheese
1 bagel (preferably wheat!)

Start by cutting bagel in half and carefully pushing out the insides.

Set out your diced veggies and your cream cheese.

Let your kid stir the veggies and cream cheese together.

Your homemade veggie cream cheese will be chock full of colorful, crunchy veggies and look something like the picture above. Use a small spoon to scoop veggie cream cheese into the hollowed out bagel. Makes enough for one bagel. Also tastes great on crackers.

skewer lunch

10 Comments on “Lunch Bunch 5: Lunch Skewers & Veggie Stuffed Bagels”

  1. 1.) cathy
    August 27th, 2010

    Yum! This looks delicious and easy. I wish I was the one going to school.

  2. 2.) gigi
    August 27th, 2010

    what a wonderful idea for grown-up meetings too when you're told to bring a brown bag
    lunch! can't wait to show up with one of your delicious creations in such a container. i'll
    be ready iwth your cooking blog info. when it's time for lunch! thank you, chefs rebecca
    and gus!!

  3. 3.) Laura
    August 27th, 2010

    Thank you for all your wonderful lunch ideas! They all look yummy πŸ™‚ I've been going through them with my kids so they can choose which ones they would like to try in their lunch! The stuffed bagels will definitely be a hit in our house, so tell me…how do you poke out the middle?? Do you use a coring tool? Or is it much easier than I'm thinking? πŸ˜‰

  4. 4.) Kendra
    August 27th, 2010

    We love the mini kabobs, I like your twist. We uses strips of whole wheat tortillas ripped up by the kids with fruit veggies meat and cheese. May I also recommend using party picks for fun. We use swords and pack with a pirate napkin for a theme, add golden raisen "nuggets" carrot "coins" and voila. A treasure map with hint for the after school treat is fun too tucked into the pirate lunch.

    I stock up on picks theme napkins and cupcake liners when on clearance or after holidays or at dollar and party stores.

  5. 5.) Gen
    August 27th, 2010

    that stuffed bagel…great plan! make some chicken salad! lol

  6. 6.) CookingWithMyKid
    August 27th, 2010

    tuna makes a great stuffing too!

  7. 8.) Ellie
    September 4th, 2010

    Oh if it wasn't 10 :30 @ night I would wake up my kids and tell them LOOOOOOOOOK mama found fun lunch recipes for you! πŸ™‚ These are awesome adding your blog to my favs. hmm just heard my tummy grumble!

  8. 10.) cara
    December 5th, 2010

    Fun! Getting little kids to eat can be fun. My daughter's favorite treat is a yogurt parfait, so we purchased some fun clear plastic glasses, set out the ingredients and let her make it. I also got some fun little foam stickers from the teacher supply store and let her decorate her cup and plate. She loves it.

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