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Back to School Tips - Day 3 - Quick & Healthy Lunch Ideas

Posted by Michele Herzog on August 14, 2013

#1. PB&J. Yes, it's a boring old sandwich, BUT it's an inexpensive and super fast lunch to make! Use a cookie cutter to make fun shapes and turn a boring sandwich into something cute and fun for your child to enjoy.

#2. Breakfast for lunch! Who knew? Pack some cereal in a small bowl with a cup of milk and voila! Breakfast for lunch. Pack up some sliced bananas or berries for your child to mix in OR you can even toast a waffle the night before and pack with peanut butter to spread for a protein packed lunch.

3. Pinwheel wraps. Sandwiches can get boring and wraps are on the rise! Lay out a tortilla, and layer with yummy ingredients like hummus and sliced ham, roll it up, cut into 1in slices and you have a new and creative finger food your child will love. Make this lunch even more fun by having your child help you the night before. They can pick out all of the ingredients so they are sure to eat it all up.

#4. Tuna in a Pita. Tuna is a kid-friendly replacement for peanut butter if your school or child is nut-free. Fill a pita pocket with some greens and your tuna-mayo combo, even some sliced cherry tomatoes for that extra pop of flavor.

TRY THIS RECIPE:

Toy Story: Alien Bento Box

(it may be a little more time consuming, but it will definitely be the talk of the lunch table!)

Make an out-of-this-world lunch for your young Space Ranger with Toy Story alien cucumbers as a crisp centerpiece.

by Shannon Carino, BentoLunch.net

What you'll need

  • Whole wheat mini pitas, stuffed with egg salad
  • Alien cucumbers
  • Woody's cantaloupe stars
  • Lotso Bear teddy bear cookies & pretzels
  • FOR ALIEN CUCUMBERS
  • Tools needed: cutting board, small sharp knife, smaller circle fondant cutters or straws in varying sizes, toothpick
  • cucumber, boiled egg, cream cheese/hummus to hold design together, small piece of uncooked spaghetti

How to make it

  1. Slice cucumber into rounds, about 1/4 inch thick.
  2. Using a small knife, trim 2 pointy ear pieces, then join them with a semi circle to make the head. Save the extra piece for later.

  3. With a small circle fondant cutter, cut one circle out of a slice of boiled egg white for the middle eye. Line up the cutter to the edge of the first circle to cut two crescent side "eyes." (Hint: If you do not have fondant cutters, a fatter straw will work too.)

  4. Adhere the eyes to the top of the cucumber with tiny dots of cream cheese or hummus. A toothpick can help position the eye pieces.

  5. From the extra cucumber piece, slice off a thin layer of outer peel. Using cutters, decorating tips, or various sized straws, cut three smaller circles for the eyes and one slightly larger circle for the mouth.

  6. Attach eyes and mouth with cream cheese/hummus and a toothpick.
  7. Cut one more circle from a thicker piece of cucumber and peel, approximately the same size as the mouth.
  8. Break a small piece of spaghetti noodle (1/2 to 3/4 inch), poke through the last circle and into the top center of the alien's head to make the antenna.

    Keep the extra pieces of cucumber for lunches or salads, use the remaining boiled eggs for egg salad pita sandwiches.

  9. Mini pita sandwiches

    Make egg salad from remaining boiled eggs left from the Alien cucumbers and mayonnaise. Slice top of a mini pita and fill with egg salad.

    Cantaloupe stars

    Slice cantaloupe into thicker slices (1/4 to 1/2 inch thick). Cut stars using a small cookie cutter. Save extra pieces for fruit salad or just for underneath the stars in the bento.

    Other Toy Story Bento Ideas

    In lieu of egg salad, fill mini pitas with mozzarella, a small bit of tomato sauce and pepperoni, for the Aliens' Pizza Planet beginnings.

    Recipe Courtesy of: http://spoonful.com/recipes/toy-story-alien-bento-box