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As readers know I shop at Ralphs regularly not only because of what they sell but also because of their fuel points rewards program. Now that summer is coming to a close, all too quickly, it's time to think about back to school lunch ideas for your kids.
|My kids have always loved strawberries, MommyBlogExpert.com|
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Scroll down for some creative and whimsical Pinterest Trade Worthy Kids School Lunch Ideas for moms to really play with food -- most taking just a few minutes to prepare for your own children this school year.
I made these with the Tillamook Cheese I buy at Ralphs because my kids are addicted to it. In fact, I purchase 4-6 bars at a time so we never run out. You make these by first slicing the cheese thinly crosswise, then use small cookie cutters to cut out shapes and letters. You can do any theme (the zoo is what I did here) and pop a plastic animal or palm tree in with this when you put it in your child's lunchbox.
This is really easy to do. Just choose berries (or other types of fruit, either whole or cut-up) in the same color scheme and then arrange in groups either on a colorful plastic plate, as pictured and then cover tightly with plastic wrap to hold it in place. You can also pack these into a colorful plastic container with lid that they can take to school. The key is to make this mini platter REALLY colorful to whet your child's appetite for some nutritious fresh fruit.
|Ricecake PB&J w/ a Lunchbox Love Note, MommyBlogExpert.com|
Who says that PB&J has to always be served on white bread? Instead, try taking those two classic foods and spreading them on some Lundberg Brown Organic Rice Cakes from Ralphs. Then add a little note (either pre-printed or hand written) to show your love and pop it all in a sandwich bag. Kids really like things that are crunchy, sweet and salty and this is all three, plus they'll surely appreciate the special message you enclose with it.
For these cookies I used the Ethel's Sugar Cookie recipe from my vintage 1950s Betty Crocker cookbook, along with Wilton's Royal Icing recipe -- but any favorite recipes will work. Then I took different leaf, acorn, pumpkin and other fall-theme cookie cutters to cut these out. Go to town decorating these after they're baked with the royal icing and your choice of sprinkles and then watch the smiles on your child's face.
For those of you who are lucky enough to homeschool, like we did, your options for creating fun lunches are even wider because you can serve hot, chilled and frozen foods. I made these sweet desserts for my kids with Mountain High Yogurt I bought at Ralphs. Then I filled fun shaped cookie cutters with yogurt, added some raw oats, raisins, sprinkles and red hot mini candies to bling them out and froze them for a few hours. These are such a blast to make and your kids -- even traditional school children -- might want to help create these for a delicious after school snack, too.
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