With two kids who do not like buying school lunches, I’m always looking for new lunch box food ideas. However, since we are not morning people, I can’t spend a lot of time turning sandwiches into panda bears or daffodils. (I applaud those of you who do!) Instead, we invested in a couple of leak-proof bento box containers this year, and I’ve been having fun surprising the kids with different lunches every day. The mini containers are cute, so the food doesn’t have to be. Plus, I’ve found that just cutting a regular sandwich differently, or sending along a toothpick for create-your-own-kabobs, can be enough to make lunch more fun. Here are a few of our lunches from last week. (Also note that these containers would be great for airplane or long car trips!)
Cheese crackers with peanut butter, celery sticks and apple slices.
Turkey sandwich with grapes, carrot sticks and ranch dressing for dipping.
Wheat crackers, salami slices, mozzarella string cheese cut crosswise, blackberries and walnuts.
Peanut butter sandwich cut into “fingers”, mini crackers, apple slices and marshmallow spread.
Get creative! Coming up in our boxes next week: leftover cold tortellini, raisins, dry cereal, granola, cheese cubes, snap peas, blueberries and whatever else I find in our pantry. The ShopRite produce department and salad bar are good places to look for inspiration.
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Lunch ideas by Sue Walter of Subee’s Kitchen.