Lunch Bunch 3: Peanut Butter Quesadillas & Pasta Primavera

Aug 24th, 2010 // Kid-tastic, Lunch, School Lunch, Veggie Friendly

My husband and my dog can both sniff out peanut butter from a mile away. When we start cooking with it, they arrive as if someone has sent out a smoke signal demanding their presence. This lunch recipe was no exception. My husband (the vegetarian) ate one of these in the morning and then asked for a quesadilla for dinner. I’m so glad this fun little lunch was a hit, but I’m not going to start packing his lunch – he can fend for himself! (Love you, hunny!) Here’s what you need…

Peanut Butter Quesadilla Lunch
1 to 2 tablespoons peanut butter
whole wheat tortilla
1 small apple (peeled + sliced thin)
honey

Spread peanut butter over one side of the tortilla. Get it all the way to the edges. Lay apple slices on one half of the tortilla.

Drizzle honey on top of the apple slices.

Fold the tortilla in half and cut into three triangles. We served this with celery sticks, dried cranberries and Whole Foods brand Oreos. Now check out our Build Your Own Pasta Primavera recipe…

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Lunch Bunch 2: Popcorn Chicken & Turkey Rollups

Aug 23rd, 2010 // Kid-tastic, Lunch, Recipes, School Lunch

I know this looks ridiculous, but hear me out: it’s tasty fun and healthy!  My friend, Chris, gave me the idea of using popcorn as a part of the meal. I thought it was a pretty good suggestion since popcorn is a great, kid friendly snack. The secret to this lunch recipe is using the mac and cheese packet to make the popcorn super flavorful. Look how nicely it all fits into my new favorite lunch box container!

Popcorn Chicken Lunch Recipe
1 bag microwave popcorn (not buttered)
1 packet powdered cheese from a Mac & Cheese box (we use Annie’s Organic)
4 or 5 chicken nuggets (cooked, cooled and halved)

Pop the popcorn and transfer to a bowl. Sprinkle with powdered cheese and toss while still hot. Scoop out 1 1/2 to 2 cups popcorn and toss with chicken nugget halves. Transfer to a lunch container. Save the rest of the popcorn in an airtight container for a snack! We packed our Popcorn Chicken with apple slices and grape tomatoes. (A girl can dream that her son will eat tomatoes, can’t she?) Check out our Turkey Rollups

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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:
Granola
Fresh Berries
Plain or Vanilla Yogurt
Apple Sauce (if using plain yogurt)
Spoon

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…

Breakfast Cookies II

Aug 21st, 2010 // Breakfast, Kid-tastic, Recipes

The fine folks at Oh Nuts! sent us some goodies including a bag of organic dried cranberries. My kid wanted to use them to make these Breakfast Cookies. I had been wanting to try to make a version of those cookies with less butter so it was the perfect time for a little baking experiment.

The experiment turned into a success story. My kid liked these better than the original version. We even brought a dozen to his sports camp so that they could all have some as a morning snack.  Now for the recipeā€¦ Read more after the jump…

Crunchy Dill Pickles

Aug 20th, 2010 // Kid-tastic, Recipes, Snacks

For the past three mornings my kid has asked me if he can eat pickles for breakfast. I kid you not. He already loved pickles before we made these, but now he’s gaga for them. This morning (a full week after we jarred these) I overheard him telling my husband how we made them (in painstaking detail). He’s a freak for these pickles!

We used Persian cucumbers which made all the difference in terms of crunchiness. So… the pickles do taste great, but I think it’s more the idea that cucumbers turn into pickles that has him excited. It really got me thinking more about how kids truly enjoy learning how food comes to be. I’m thinking that we’ll build on this by making some other things that we usually buy. Like jam and cheese. Now for the recipe… Read more after the jump…