Cream Cheese Spreads {Lunchbox Love}

Basic Mix~ (you can easily double if you are feeding more!)
4 oz cream cheese
2 tsp mayo
variations~ a few of my favs!
olive spread: add 1/4 c chopped salad olives
veggie: 1/4 to 1/2 c fresh veggies (zap leftover salad veggies in food processor) s & p
cucumber: 1/2 c peeled & seeded cucumbers, fresh dill, s & p to taste
Hawaiian: 1/4 c each pineapple, leftover chicken or ham & pecans or walnuts
Greek: 1/4 c feta cheese, 1 tsp fresh dill
Tutti Fruitie: 1/4 to 1/2 c of pureed fruit  (leave out mayo!) add a little orange, lemon or lime juice
Possibilities are again endless!
What is your favorite combination?
xoxo, Mama Bird

Lunchbox Love

I was inspired my some of the recent post/articles I have seen on lunchbox love and wanted to include some of the great ideas that I have come across. As well as a few ideas that I have.

Mom’s Tool Box has an awesome list. I have shared her kabob idea with my sis, who’s little girl, also 3, doesn’t eat very well.

I pack j’s  lunch 3 to 4 days a week and feel I get in a rut (who wouldn’t?) With school just starting back I have made The Lunchbox my newest obsession!!

I love the Kabobs: Meat & cheese with pickles, olives and veggies would be great . Sammies: I like to use a cookie cutter just to add something fun to the lunch box. Egg Salad, jelly (he hates peanut butter) chicken salad, cream cheese spreads (up next), nutella & banana, the possibilities are endless. Sides: I always put in fresh fruit, a yogurt stick, a veg and something salty.  Here are a few ideas, some not so new, some a little more creative. I use cupcake/muffin liners to put dips, dressing or anything I want to be separate. Hummus with carrot sticks & pretzel flats, crackers with meat & cheese (homemade lunchable!) It is totally amazing how by using a fifty cent cookie cutter you can transform a kids lunch. No kidding!! Try it and before you say, that takes too much time! I challenge you to spend 20 mins a week to prepare.  Or do lunch as your cleaning up from dinner. Use leftovers! Transform them!

What’s in your lunch box?

xoxo, Mama Bird