Another super easy Valentine's themed lunch for this week. I'm trying to cut back on the amount of bread that my kids are eating, so this lunch is grain free, and it is also nut free. We're not doing a totally grain free diet, but I've found that if I give them mostly just protein, fruits and veggies for lunch then they have much more energy to get through their days. So I'm trying to keep their lunches to minimal grain most days of the week, but still letting them have it a breakfast and dinner.
These are all made with simple ingredients and tools that you can get at your grocery store.
Our lunches are packed in Easy Lunchboxes.
How I made it:
- Quesadilla pinwheel rolls on grain free wraps. These are grain free tortilla/crepe, but you could just as easily do this with a regular tortilla - I do that all the time. Here is the grain free recipe I used. You just lay your ingredients on the tortilla (two of these have ham & cheddar, one has just cheddar), and heat it just enough to slightly melt the cheese. Then roll up, let cool and set for a few minutes, and then slice. One child has sunbutter and homemade jam instead of the cheese. Same method - spread, roll, slice. I've just placed them in some little heart shaped paper baking cups that I got at the grocery store.
- Apples with a heart cut out: slice off the side of two different colored apples. Use the heart cutter to cut out the center of each slice, and then put the heart back in the other color apple. The rest of the apple is cut into bites and placed in silicon cups from Ikea.
- I did the same thing with cucumbers and carrots - cut a good size chunk, cut the heart, and alternate it with the other vegetable.
- Mixed berries. The strawberries are a little bit of a heart shape by slicing in half and then trimming off the top in a bit of a V shape. The grapes are sliced in half and alternated on a stick. I was trying to do them in hearts like I did the tomatoes in yesterday's lunch, but they didn't work quite as well. These are sitting in a paper valentine muffin cup from the grocery store.
You can do it!