Lunchbox love is something I am super passionate about. Back when Jack was in preschool I prided myself on packing a lunch that made the teachers swoon! I think that the key to it all is do what works for you!!! I mean if you dig making all the cutsie fun looking food then do it, if that isn’t your thing thing don’t stress about it. You know what your kid likes, go with that! I try to mix it up and add a few fun things here and there just to keep things interesting!
.GET PREPARED – Get online or head to ikea or the container store or walmart and get the containers you need, utensils, cooling packs etc… I adore the reusable utensils from Ikea, they are cheep so no stress if they get tossed, and the wash wonderfully! The Sistema lunch cube is another favorite, although it is very cumbersome and doesn’t fit in a lot of lunchboxes. I am really excited about the Easy Lunchbox containers, they have rave reviews and I need to order a set! And my all time favorite thing that I use all the time…. Silicone cupcake liners they are perfect for making jello, holding fruit, crackers you name it!
FOOD IDEAS– I love wraps & 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 cream cheese (my kid 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 silicone (reusable!) 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!
I will be sharing ideas all school year long and will start with linking to so great articles throughout the net!
Keeper of the Home shares 5 great tips
Simple As That shared 5 great lunches and is GIVING AWAY the super fab Easy Lunchbox containers
This LIST on HOW TO PACK LUNCH is GREAT!!!
Good Luck sending your peeps back to school!!
xoxo, Mama Bird
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