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Monday, June 13, 2011

Peanut Free Lunch Ideas

'Peanut free' is everywhere now.
Here are a few ideas to incorporate this 'new' rule.

My son likes the basics.
An Apple, a juice box, his refillable water container, a cheese sandwich (ham if he feels experimental), a granola bar, a pudding, and some crispers/crackers.
He's a very picky eater.

On the other hand, my daughter will eat just about everything. So when the time comes that I need
to pack HER lunchbag for school,
I've found some ideas and
thought I would share.

Just remember to TRY and get something
from every food group in there.

Happy Packing!

Jam & Cheese Roll Ups
Spread plain or flavored cream cheese on a soft tortilla and top with your favorite jam. Roll up.

Pita Crisps
Cut regular sized pitas into wedges and oven bake until crispy. For variety, brush first with oil, a little garlic powder and parmesan cheese or sprinkle on a little water, cinnamon and brown sugar. Serve with a favorite dip, yogurt or apple sauce.

Mini Subs
Another easy lunch for kid is to make a miniature submarine sandwich out of a hot dog bun. Use pepperoni slices and other favorite meats. Slice regular sized deli meat into thin strips. Add cheese and shredded lettuce.

Homemade Lunchables
Crackers, deli meat, and cheese. 8 of each (cut cheese and meat into the same size as the crackers) so they can build their own.

Veggies and dip
Your Child's favourite veggies and dip! Change up the usual salad dressing by offering hummus or tzatziki.

Leftover Pizza
Ask any kid how they feel about cold pizza and chances are they love it. You can beat the simplicity of this kid lunch recipe idea. Consider ordering or making extra and wrapping a slice or two in plastic for lunches the next day.

Cheese Quesadilla
2 whole wheat tortillas (small or medium)
¼  to ½ cup grated cheese (depending on size of tortillas)

Cheese quesadillas are the ideal kid lunch recipe for cheese lovers. Sprinkle grated cheese on the top of one tortilla. Top with the second tortilla. For cooking you have two options - microwave on high for one minute or place in a non-stick frying pan and cook 2-3 minutes on medium high or until cheese is melted. Flip over once using a spatula. Let cool and cut into wedges using a pizza cutter. Pack with a container of salsa for dipping.

Hidden Shapes
Sometimes how something looks offers greater appeal than ordinary menu servings. When thinking of  a creative lunch recipe for young children consider some shape variations e.g. melon balls instead of melon slices, slicing grapes in half, cutting cucumbers into squares and offering up carrot circles instead of ordinary carrot sticks.
Then take this creative lunch recipe idea one step further and include a note that asks your child to count up the number of different shapes that were hidden in her lunch.
A creative lunch recipe is simply any recipe that’s fun. Use your imagination and come up with different combinations of food and unique ways to present it.

Don't forget the little note from time to time!

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