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5 Easy Lunch for Kid Ideas
By Sherrie Le Masurier
When it comes to kid-friendly lunches some of the best lunches are the ones kids can make themselves. We have an easy lunch for kid rule in our house. At least once a week our children aged 11 and 13 make their own lunches.
Over the years, their list of easy lunch for kid favorites has grown to include some really good food selections. Today both children can whip up their lunches at lightening speed and the best part aside from the ease of assembly is that they’re packing something they enjoy.
So in honor of my children and their easy lunch for kid homemade recipes, here are some of their favorites.
Sandwich Roll Ups
Sandwich roll ups can take on many forms. For instance an easy lunch for kid may include deli rolls made by spreading thin slices of salami with a little mustard. Add a strip of cheese and a pickle spear. Roll up. Secure with a toothpicks. Or spread slices of ham with cream cheese. Roll up and eat as is or slice into 1-inch spirals.
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. Pack a small container of salad dressing to pour on top at lunchtime.
Instead of paying top dollar for a boxed lunch of meat, cheese, crackers, a treat and a sugar based beverage with little to no nutritional value, be creative and encourage your children make their own.
The best way to interest your child in making his own lunchables is to encourage him to select both the multi-functional container and the ingredients. What kinds of deli meat, cheese and crackers does he prefer? When shopping for groceries ask that your deli meat be sliced thick instead of shaved or regular slices. If your child doesn’t like the idea of square deli meats use a round cookie cutter or thin sided glass to cut out meat and cheese circles.
Encourage your child to pack milk or juice boxes instead of pop or fruit flavored beverages. Maybe you can compromise on the ‘treat’ by offering a dried fruit or cereal mix with a few M& M’s or even purchase some ‘treat size’ chocolate bars and keep them on hand for those special days when homemade ‘Lunchables’ will be on the easy lunch for kid menu.
If your child enjoys cold pizza maybe he would also like to try a cold hot dog. (After all, wieners are already cooked.) Just put the condiments directly on the bun, add a wiener and wrap up.
Now cold hot dogs aren’t an easy lunch for kid idea that I encourage often but for those days when planning ahead didn’t quite happen they come in real handy.
Topping my children’s favorite easy lunch for kid ideas are leftovers. Aside from pizza their favorites include macaroni and cheese, lasagna, and quesadillas. Over the years, they’ve actually asked if I can plan leftovers so they’ll have enough for lunch the next day.
If you want your child to eat up his lunch look at what he favors at the dinner table. You’d be surprised at what foods he may enjoy cold and if your child’s classroom has a microwave your options are even better.
Consider how your child may be the envy of his classmates when he brings cold spaghetti, tacos, nachos etc.
An easy lunch for kid idea is as close as your kitchen cupboard. Be creative and suggest some new food combinations, you may be surprised how well they go over!