I’m home this summer with the kids, and one of the things that stumps me during the weekdays are lunches. During the school year, the kids eat lunch at school and I don’t have to worry with it. But now that I am home, I find myself standing in front of my fridge at 11:30 every day wondering what in the world I’m going to feed my kids that isn’t between two slices of bread. I mean, I don’t mind them having PB&J every now and then, and a good grilled cheese always hits the spot. But surely there is something more filling and wholesome than just a sandwich every day, right? On Friday, I actually came up with something out of the ordinary and the kids loved it.
(Just a heads up that these involve bamboo skewers (which I find in the grilling section of Target), so if you have real little wee ones, you might want to find an alternative to using those. Even Gracie was borderline okay with them, but I had to really keep an eye on her.)
We happened to have some leftover BBQ chicken off the grill that I had cubed up and saved in the fridge.
We also had tub of fresh pineapple that I had just cut up that morning. My kids are pineapple fiends. They devour anything with pineapple in it, so I knew whatever I did needed to involve pineapple.
A little side note, if you are buying canned pineapple, you don’t know what you are missing! Whole pineapples in my grocery store are about $2.50 and they provide enough fruit for us to eat almost a week. It’s cheap, and it is so much healthier than the canned stuff. Plus, I love the smell! I always grind the core up in my dish disposal and my whole kitchen smells citrusy for the afternoon!
I also had some strawberries which were about to turn bad. So, I halved those up, too. Everything looks yummier with red foods, don’t you think? Strawberries, tomatoes, red peppers… they just make everything look delicious!
Next, I armed my kids with weapons. I stood them up at the kitchen counter and gave them each a skewer. Again, be careful with those, especially if your kids are standing on chairs like mine. I made sure to stand right there next to them while they had them in their hands.
Once they were ready to go, I lined up my food in little bowls and showed the kids how to build their own skewers. I let them choose what they wanted to put on their shish kabobs (which the kids pronounced, “Sister-Bobs”), knowing that even if they left something off, they were still getting a pretty healthy lunch. They wanted it all on their “Sister-Bobs,” though. My kids never pass up a chance to play with their food…
By the time they finished, they had a big, healthy lunch that they had helped make. They loved it! I added a side of yogurt, and lunch was a success!
What about you? What are your go-to lunches for little ones? What is it that ALWAYS gets eaten at your table? Share, share, share! Please, please, please!