Muffins + Yogurt.

easy school lunch idea: breakfast for lunch.  Easy banana chocolate chip muffins (with recipe!). whatlisacooks.com

The Lunch Idea:

I was so excited about this lunch, I had been thinking about it all week.  I have been working on this muffin recipe and I finally got it just right.  My kids love these muffins so much. And, despite the few chocolate chips, I feel pretty good about letting them eat them because they are mostly pretty healthy stuff. So of course I knew I was going to be packing my usual Wednesday breakfast-for-lunch, and this was a no-brainer because I had muffins already made and ready to go!

What's in the lunch:

perfect school lunch idea from whatlisacooks.com - mini chocolate chip muffins and fruit, with an easy muffin recipe.

Questions and Tips:

  • This particular yogurt is one I bought locally.  It's an awesome brand and they make the most amazing creamy yogurt. But I have copied this idea and made it myself before.  You just need plain yogurt, honey, and lemon curd.  Buy a good quality, thick and creamy (whole milk) greek yogurt. Sweeten it with a little honey, and then loosely fold in a little lemon curd.  My lemon curd recipe is here, and it is ahhhmazing. 
  • In case you missed it above - my muffin recipe is here.  These are so easy to make!
  • These are honey nut cheerios because that's what I had in my pantry, but this lunch would easily be nut free if you just used the plain cheerios. 
  • I wish I could find those little flower pots for you, but I got them at a local market and I have yet to find them online.  I'll keep looking though!
  • The containers are also one I bought at a store and can't find online.  The store was Daiso, which is an amazing dollar type store that sells all kinds of things from Japan. 
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easy school lunch idea: breakfast for lunch.  Easy banana chocolate chip muffins (with recipe!). whatlisacooks.com
 
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Lisa Marsh

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Tidy little snack box

This is a fun little snack box. This one is packed in a tin box that I got in the "One Spot" aisle at Target. They often have fun little boxes there for just $1 or $3, and they are great to grab up and use for packing snacks. My favorite little square silicone muffin cups fit perfectly in here to divide it into sections, for lots of little nibbles. 

In this box she has a few bites of popcorn chicken, cherry tomatoes, peanut butter (in this container), a piece of banana, a few chocolate bunny grahams, crackers, cheese, a yogurt tube, and a honey straw - it's a big variety for such a little box. She can dip the cookies in the peanut butter or spread it on the banana, and she can make little sandwiches with the cheese and crackers. The raw honey stick is a fun little was to give them a sweet treat that's actually healthy. 

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Lisa Marsh

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Make your own sandwich kits

An easy twist on the classic sandwich: pack them a school lunch box with all the pieces of the sandwich, and let them assemble it themselves! whatlisacooks.com

Just a quick post about this lunch, because I'm late on it and I'm behind on a million other things too!

The Lunch Idea:

This is one of my favorite lunch ideas.  I try not to do it too often, so it doesn't get old.  But it's always a popular one so far.  Basically, everything they would have on a sandwich, but desconstructed, so they can put it together themselves.  Or, just eat the pieces. It's a nice way to use all the same ingredients, but present it differently.

What's in the lunch:

  • Bread: each box has one slice, cut into quarters.
  • Cheese: sliced cheddar for three (one has been refusing it lately)
  • Veggies: thin sliced carrots, and lettuce.  And a few tomatoes for the side. 
  • Two have sliced turkey.
  • One has some mayo.
  • One has a few yogurt raisins for just a little extra nibble.
  • One has sweet red peppers. 
  • On the side they all have sliced apples and a lemonade cookie

Products I used:

  • The pink silicone cups are from Ikea. 

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An easy twist on the classic sandwich: pack them a school lunch box with all the pieces of the sandwich, and let them assemble it themselves! whatlisacooks.com
 
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Lisa Marsh

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Tuna Salad & Crackers

school lunch from WhatLisaCooks.com

The Lunch Idea

I try really hard to come up with ideas for lunch that are different every day, and that aren't totally loaded with bread and carbs.  Not because we're on a diet or anything, but because most carbs are empty calories that provide very little nutrition, and I want my kids to get calories and nutrition. 

Two of these lunches have my kid version of a tuna salad - just albacore tuna with mayo and shredded cheese.  I know, most people have never heard of putting cheese in tuna salad before.  But we have cheese on a tuna melt, right?  I realized a few years ago that it's much easier for a kid to eat a tuna melt if the cheese was mixed in, because as it melts it helps hold the whole thing together. So instead of putting a slice of cheese just on the top of the tuna in the sandwich, I mixed shredded cheese in with the tuna.  But then I realized that they really liked just eating the leftover tuna that way, with the cheese in it - they will gladly just eat that with a spoon. So ever since then, that's how I make tuna for them, sandwiches or not. 

What's in the Lunch:

  • Two have the above mentioned tuna salad.
  • The third doesn't like tuna, so she has just cut up leftover chicken. 
  • The fourth child doesn't like either of those, so she has a container of peanut butter and a container of apple sauce, and a cheese.
  • Veggies: carrots and/or sweet peppers
  • Crackers
  • Seaweed Snacks
  • Apples
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back to basics with sandwiches

Easy sandwich lunch from WhatLisaCooks.com

The Lunch Idea:

Ugh, back to school. Oh, did I say that out loud? Sorry, but I really enjoyed having a two week break from packing lunches. I know you all must think that I love doing this, but even I get tired of the daily grind. 

But back at it we are.  I resolved this week to keep it simple. Basics that are easy for me to make, and that I can be pretty sure the kids will want to eat. Sandwiches are sort of my secret weapon that I keep in my back pocket.  If you haven't noticed, I don't actually make them very often. It would be easy to do so, but I like to keep the really easy one in reserve, so that it's new and fresh when I really have no other idea for energy.  

So a simple sandwich it was for the first day back from the holiday break. 

What's in the Lunch:

  • Two have ham & cheddar cheese with mayo
  • Two have peanut butter and homemade jam. Sadly, the very last little bit of the raspberry jam from the summer. 
  • In the middle they all have a carrot. 
  • Pretzels and fresh strawberries on the side. 

Questions and tips:

I made these lunches the night before.  And every time I do that I get several questions about how do the sandwiches keep, and what do I do to keep them from getting soggy or dry. 

  • I pack in EasyLunchboxes. And while they are not completely leak proof, they do seal well enough to keep the food very fresh. I never have a problem with soggy or dry sandwiches, or chips and crackers getting soft, or fruit going bad. I've packed lunches up to three days ahead of time in these containers and the food holds up great.
  • I always make sure that there is nothing wet touching the bread. I don't put things like lettuce or tomato on sandwiches that I am making ahead. Putting a good layer of mayo or butter - something oily - on the bread, helps seal it from the little bit of moisture that might come off the meat or cheese. 
  • Using a more dense whole or multi grain bread seems to help. Softer white breads are going to soak up moisture much more easily. 
  • For the PB&J - the J is jam, not jelly.  Jelly is basically just juice that has been made to thicken when cool with the addition of pectin and cooked sugar. When it comes up to room temperature it does get more runny.  Jam is made  from the whole fruit, so it has more texture and fiber, and doesn't soak in to the bread nearly as much. Some people have also suggested putting the nut butter on both slices of bread and the jam in between. I haven't felt a need to try that, but it sounds like a great idea. 
 
School Lunch Day 61 - simple sandwiches from WhatLisaCooks.com
 
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Lisa Marsh

Mom to two sets of twins.