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Lunch Bunch: Yogurt Parfaits & Cream Cheese Sushi

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

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 LunchRead more after the jump…

Birds, Binoculars & Breakfast Trail Mix

Jul 18th, 2010 // Breakfast, Recipes, Tool Tips

This morning I surprised my kid with an indoor bird watching expedition complete with make-your-own binoculars and breakfast trail mix. He’s been talking about it all day long.

The bird watching expedition starts with our special breakfast trail mix which we take along while we search for birds throughout the house using our home made binoculars.

My kid uses the Bird Watching Guide I created to find each of the birds hidden throughout the house. Once he’s identified and found a bird, he circles it on the guide and heads off to look for the next. Here’s how to set up a bird watching expedition in your own home…

Read more after the jump…

Mini Whisk

Jun 28th, 2010 // Tool Tips

If you follow the blog you’ve probably noticed that my son has a new favorite tool. I bought him his very own wire whisk. This particular whisk, Kuhn Rikon 6-Inch Balloon Wire Whisk, has a nice thick handle for better control. I must admit that I’m partial to it as well. It’s nice to be able to whisk up things in smaller bowls without fear of getting food everywhere.

Donut Pan

Mar 28th, 2010 // Tool Tips, Uncategorized

We love whipping up a batch of baked donuts and eating them while still warm. I’ve discovered that in addition to the regular sized donut pans, they also make mini donut pans! Guess what I just ordered?

This Norpro 6-Count Nonstick Donut Pan is what I used to make these Baked Apple Donuts. And here’s the mini donut pan I just ordered: Norpro 12-Count Nonstick Mini Donut Pan. Stay tuned for a mini donut recipe when my pan arrives!

Kid-tastic Chef'n Palm Peeler

Feb 22nd, 2010 // Tool Tips

Kid tastic Chef'n Palm Peeler

As I’m sure you know by now, I’m a big fan of letting my kid get some hands-on experience in the kitchen. I’ve discovered that letting him have some of his own real kitchen tools and utensils have made all the difference in his tiny hands. Plus he gets super excited to use HIS things. As I discover new kid-friendly tools I’ll post them on the blog and in the Tool Tips section.

This Chef’n brand Palm Peeler is a terrific first peeler for a kid. It slips right onto the finger and sits into the palm of the hand. I like it because the blade is tucked underneath and it is coated in rubber which makes it stay in place. When we use it, I often hold the veggies and my kid palm peels them. It comes in lots of bright colors and only costs $6. You can get it here Chef’n Palm Peeler PP CDU or in most cooking supply stores.