Week 2: Crushed It!

lunch on 30 Aug 2017: grilled chicken and edamame hummus roll ups with veggies, watermelon and ginger snaps

The kids made it through the second week of school, and I’ve pretty much gotten back into the swing of lunch making. This week it was all about variety. Here are some fun lunch ideas:

Rice Cake Sandwich

Mix things up by using rice cakes instead of bread. Since rice cakes are pretty light, I threw in a hard boiled egg to power the kids through their day.

lunch on 28 Aug 2017: rice cake sandwich with peanut butter and Nutella, peanut butter filled prezels, hard boiled egg, sprouts, and apples
lunch on 28 Aug 2017: rice cake sandwich with peanut butter and Nutella, peanut butter filled pretzels, hard boiled egg, sprouts, and apples
Sandwich Bites and Bento Containers

Make a regular sandwich, but cut it into smaller pieces. Kids love small stuff. Cute silicone bento containers are perfect for holding little treats.

lunch on 29 Aug 2017: peanut butter and blueberry jam sandwiches with almonds, candy sunflower seeds, veggies and melon
lunch on 29 Aug 2017: peanut butter and blueberry jam sandwiches with almonds, candy sunflower seeds, veggies and melon
Roll It Up

Do your kids get bored with sandwiches? I know mine do. Use flatbread or a tortilla to roll up all sorts of yummy stuff. Hummus works great as a glue. So does peanut butter if you want to go sweet.

lunch on 30 Aug 2017: grilled chicken and edamame hummus roll ups with veggies, watermelon and ginger snaps
lunch on 30 Aug 2017: grilled chicken and edamame hummus roll ups with veggies, watermelon and ginger snaps
Add Something with Cute Packaging

I usually try to avoid food that is overly packaged, but some things are just too cute to pass up like GoGo Squeezes. They are kind of like baby food, but my big kids still like them.

lunch on 31 Aug 2017: peanut butter, Nutella and banana sandwich with peach applesauce, apples, and veggies
lunch on 31 Aug 2017: peanut butter, Nutella and banana sandwich with peach applesauce, apples, and veggies
Make a Sliders

My kids are crazy for any sandwich made on King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls, which are so soft and delicious. Every sandwich is more fun when it’s slider-sized.lunch on 1 Sept 2017: pepperoni and cheese sliders with veggies, white nectarines, and Goldfish grahams with candy coated chocolate sunflower seeds

lunch on 1 Sept 2017: pepperoni and cheese sliders with veggies, white nectarines, and Goldfish grahams with candy coated chocolate sunflower seeds

Watch it wiggle…Jello for lunch!

lunch on 14 Oct 2015: creamy lime jello, with a sweet roll, pretzel fish, strawberries and cheese
lunch on 14 Oct 2015: creamy lime jello, with a sweet roll, pretzel fish, strawberries and cheese
lunch on 14 Oct 2015: creamy lime jello, with a sweet roll, pretzel fish, strawberries and cheese

Some October days in California are so hot that you just have to eat Jello for lunch. At least that’s what the kiddos got today: a total 1970s concoction of Jello, Cool Whip, and yogurt. It’s delicious. On the side, we have a little sweet roll with pumpkin cream cheese, some pretzel fish, strawberries and slices of sharp cheddar cheese.

Ham and Cheese Sliders with Fruit and Veggies

lunch on 5 Oct 2015: ham and cheese sliders with pomegranate seeds, apple slices, carrots and a marshmallow
lunch on 5 Oct 2015: ham and cheese sliders with pomegranate seeds, apple slices, carrots and a marshmallow
lunch on 5 Oct 2015: ham and cheese sliders with pomegranate seeds, apple slices, carrots and a marshmallow

For today’s lunch, I made two little sandwiches for each kiddo: ham and pub cheese on King’s Hawaiian sweet bread. The King’s Hawaiian bread is appropriate, as we are flying to Honolulu tomorrow (!) for a wedding. So tonight, instead of packing lunches, I packed backpacks full of food for the flights: smoked almonds, sweet and salty trail mix, squeezy applesauce packs, granola bars, beef jerky, mini pumpkin muffins (because when you’re insanely trying to pack for a family of four it makes sense to squeeze in a little baking), and some cheese curls. In the morning, I’ll make some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches if I have time. When traveling, I assume that everything will go wrong, but at least I’ll be prepared with food. Until next week, aloha!

Lunch on the Sweet Side: Berry Chia Yogurt with Roasted Coconut on Top

lunch on 28 Aug 2015: yogurt with berries, chia seeds and roasted coconut, carrots, cucumbers, sweet roll with Nutella and peanut butter, honey graham fish
lunch on 28 Aug 2015: yogurt with berries, chia seeds and roasted coconut, carrots, cucumbers, sweet roll with Nutella and peanut butter, honey graham fish

With this lunch, I have officially survived the first week of school. We made it to school on time, we didn’t forget anything, I picked up the kids on time, and Lily had a different cute hair style every day. What a success! The final lunch of the week has a nice sweet treat: a bowl of yogurt with strawberries, blueberries, chia seeds and sweet roasted coconut. I also made a little Nutella and peanut butter sandwich served with some honey graham fish, baby cucumbers and carrots.

Fun Friday Mini Sammies

lunch 1 May 2015: mini ham and cheese sammies, grapes, and Funyuns
lunch 1 May 2015: mini ham and cheese sammies, grapes, and Funyuns
lunch 1 May 2015: mini ham and cheese sammies, grapes, and Funyuns

You can tell it’s the end of the week when I throw a handful of Funyuns into the lunchbox. Hey, it happens. Iain just told me that: “I loved it!” He ate every last bite of this lunch. Of course, who doesn’t love little ham and cheese sandwiches on King’s Hawaiian Sweet Bread?