Updated almost daily. I am a mama of two, part-time event coordinator and aspiring food writer who is passionate about families spending time together in the kitchen. This space is a hodgepodge of recipes made for and with my children. Also included: cookbook reviews, fun party ideas, giveaways and much more. I live in Toronto, ON.
I'm always on the lookout for new, fun ideas for healthy and interesting lunches for my boys. Lately I've been feeling uninspired in this department so last night I curled up with a copy of a favourite book, Healthy Food for Happy Kids, in hopes of finding some guidance. Thankfully I was not disappointed. Below is a summary of some ideas to help us lunch-making parents make it through the remaining eight weeks of the school year. Happy Friday, everyone!
Have a shapes lunch day:
Round - Roll fillings inside a slice of bread or a wrap, and cut into pinwheels. Use a small round cookie cutter to cut bits of ham and cheese into circles. Include round crackers, cherry tomatoes, grapes and oranges cut into circles.
Star - Use a star shaped cookie cutter to make little star-shaped biscuits and sandwiches. Have sliced starfruit or kiwi sliced on the round (they have a star-burst pattern inside).
Have a colour lunch day:
Red/Pink Lunch - Pizza, shrimp, strawberry yogurt, red grapes, fruit tea
Green/Blue Lunch - Green beans, green omelette made with peas and chopped parsley, celery, blueberry yogurt, mini cubes of blue cheese, water
Have an International lunch day:
Italian - Italian Sandwiches, mini pots of tiramisu, grapes, cooled red fruit tea (red wine for kids)
French - Brie, baguette, walnuts, Dijon potato salad, strawberry cake, French mineral water
Sandwich Filling Ideas:
Turkey and Pesto
Hummus, cucumber and chopped olives
Mashed avocado, sun-dried tomato and feta cheese
Tuna and grated red onion
Egg salad and chives
Crackers or breadsticks with cheese and hummus
Leftover pasta or couscous with chopped up sausage, peas, tomatoes and red pepper
Carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
Dried fruit such as apricots, raisins, figs or dates