The Awesome Lunch Box

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Make your child's lunch box awesome with these fun and healthy meals.

Main Dish

  • Sushi: Spread some sticky rice over a spinach tortilla. Add thin slices of chicken, bell peppers, apples, carrots, avocados, sprouts, anything you want really, on the tortilla. Roll it up and slice it – sushi style. Wrap it in a piece of parchment and secure the ends with your child’s favorite color ribbon. It’s not you’re traditional sushi, but it’s fun for children.
  • Pizza: He won’t be feeling left out on “Pizza Day” if you make a personal-sized pizza, just for him. Use pre-made or homemade dough, whichever you prefer. Grate vegetables, such as carrots and sweet potatoes, into the pizza sauce. Place baby spinach, chopped artichoke hearts, minced onion, chopped olives, turkey pepperoni, and low fat mozzarella cheese on the pizza as well. If you feel really ambitious, up-cycle a piece of card board, and make a pizza box! Tip: Make several personal-sized pizza rounds from one batch of dough, bake them, and freeze them. When you’re ready to make lunches, defrost them, and then add your toppings.
  • Spaghetti: Most children like spaghetti; and, lucky for you, it is so easy to make. Instead of noodles, use zucchini! Cut them into matchstick strips, cook them just enough to resemble noodles, add sauce, and put them in a little storage container. Wrap a slice of garlic bread in a piece of parchment with an attached love note.
  • Potato Skins: This is a healthy alternative to the classic restaurant appetizer, and comes from the Cook Yourself Thin cookbook. Essentially, it’s a twice baked sweet potato. Microwave a sweet potato until it’s tender. Meanwhile, sauté chopped onions, minced garlic, and spinach in olive oil. When the sweet potato is done, cut it in half (lengthwise), scrape the insides into a bowl, add the sautéed goods, add a little bit of buttermilk to “glue” the mixture together, and add salt and pepper to taste. Put the innards back into the sweet potato half, and top it off with a few bits of bacon and a little cheese.

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7 comments

  1. I’m looking forward to making some lunch for our son.

  2. Marilyn says:

    Chocolate pudding 😛

  3. Marina says:

    Great ideas & recipes. I might make the chocolate pudding tonight.

  4. ErinF says:

    An online friend of mine would post daily pictures of the bento (Japanese style lunch boxes) she prepared for her kids. They were always so cute and imaginative, and seemed to be like a creative way to get the kids to eat healthfully, and fun to create in the process. Since I’ve been pregnant and thinking about my future kids’ lives, I’ve been collecting pictures for inspiration. One of my favorite bento blogs is at http://www.nekoblog.ch/category/obento. I’ll have to add the ideas in this article to the list–I especially like the idea of making sushi rolls with tortilla instead of nori, the homemade chocolate pudding, the potato skins and rocks. Fun stuff.

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