Whether they're getting one of your unique concoctions or the typical ham and cheese sandwich, kids’ lunches can set their mood for the day.
When it comes to the parents who do the packing, you want it to go as smoothly as possible. And guess what? There’s a great way for everyone to win. Check out some easy and unique lunch box recipes for the little ones.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi Rolls
Don't worry! It’s not as gross as it sounds. All you have to do is cut the crust off the bread and flatten the piece with a rolling pin or soup can. Then, spread peanut butter and jelly (1 tablespoon each will suffice) on both pieces of bread. Roll each slice in a tight spiral and cut into 4 pieces. Place them in the refrigerator and let them set overnight. Your kids will thank you!
Ants on a Log
The ants on a log recipe for kids is another great one and it’s extremely simple. Cut five celery stalks in half, spread peanut butter on the inside and sprinkle with chocolate covered raisins. Now, you have ants on a log.
For the children who can’t enjoy peanut butter because of allergies or simply not liking it, mini pizzas are another guaranteed winner. Press biscuit dough into muffin tins, cover with cheese, sauce, and your child’s favorite toppings. Then bake in the oven at 425 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes (or until browned to your liking).
Oatmeal Animal Crackers
Oatmeal animal crackers are not only tasty but have a dab of nutrition too! Mix 2 cups of old-fashioned oats, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a bowl. Add a half cup of shortening (or butter) until the mix is crumbly. Next, add a half cup of hot water and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and stir until it’s equally blended. Mix in between 2 and 2 1/2 cups of flour (enough for the dough to get stiff). Then roll the dough until it’s 1/8 of an inch thick. Have fun and use animal-shaped cookie cutters, just dip them in flour first. Then, use a spatula to take them to a greased cookie sheet. Finally, let your creation bake for 8 to 10 minutes!
Lunch Box Quesadilla
For the mini taco lovers out there, lunch box quesadillas are a sure treat. Spray the bottom of a non-stick skillet with cooking spray, place a flour tortilla on it, pour on shredded cheese and anything else that sounds tasty like sauce and pepperoni, then top it off with a second flour tortilla. Let it brown, then flip it over. Slice in 4 pieces and it’s complete!
One of the best things about these recipes is they’re fun for the whole family! You can make the recipes with the kiddies the night before. It'll mean that much more to them when they eat it at lunch the next day. On a better note, you might enjoy these recipes for your own lunch box!