Wednesday, August 18, 2010

More lunchbox favorites

I have SO much going on right now, but it's for this very reason that planning ideas for the girls' school lunches when school starts next week is so very important. Having things on-hand, to make sure they eat nutritious lunches is really important to me.

So here, once again, are some quick ideas for lunchbox items:

Puree black beans or pinto beans (or you can buy canned refried beans). Spread on a tortilla (whole wheat for more nutrition) and top with salsa and chopped lettuce. Also grated cheedar cheese if desired. Roll tightly and you have a completely balanced, nutritious lunch. Avocado tastes great on this as well, but I'd only use that if you were making this for an afternoon snack, as putting it in a lunchbox will cause it to turn brown by the time lunch rolls around....still tastes great, but kids don't consider it very appetizing.

Whole grain crackers, spread with cheese(s) or peanut butter are a great sandwich alternative. Kids love them.

If your kids are like mine they love pizza. They'll eat it hot or cold. You can make a pizza for dinner, topped with your choice of toppings, and refrigerate the left-overs and wrap pieces in foil for a lunchbox treat the next day.

Wonton wrappers from your local supermarket, stuffed with chopped vegetables, potato, or ground or chopped meat can be quickly deep fried in a pan and are great the next day (refrigerate after making) in a lunchbox served with a container of your choice of dip. Along this same line, for a "sweet treat", place a small scoop of nutella or peanut butter in the center of a wonton wrapper, fold over and seal with an egg wash and deep fry. Top with confectioner's sugar and you have a great treat for lunchbox or after school.

Today's food quote: "There's something I've noticed about food: whenever there's a crisis if you can get people to eat normally things get better: Madeleine L'Engle

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