10 August 2011

What's in your lunch box? {It's a back to school thing}

What? It's back to school time already? Whoa!  Where is the time going? Seriously. In 5 days I will have a sixth grader [weep...weep...sniffle].

Our kiddo likes to bring her lunch to school instead of buying it.  Thank goodness because I think she eats a little better that way.  So let's take a looksie at what you can stick in your [insert # here] graders lunch box ...

Bagel Sandwich
Using cream cheese instead of mayo = yummy-ness.  I like to put cream cheese on half of the bagel then add turkey, lettuce, colb cheese and a tomato slice. Cut sandwich in half and place in baggie, or tupperware container.

Peanut Butter and Marshmellow Puff Sandwhich
This happens to be Daughter's favorite sandwich right now.  I use regular sliced bread and put peanut butter on one side and the marshmellow puff on the other. Done.

Ants on a Stick
Umm, how cute is that name? I didn't come up with it but I sure do use it. :o)  Just cut celery stalks into about 3 pieces, spread with peanut butter then top with raisins.  Easy and yummy.

Light Fruit and Granola
This one is a little bit more involved but worth it. 

All you'll need:
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup spelt flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3 tablespoons canola oil
1/4 cup applesauce
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup diced dried apricots
1/4 cup chopped pecans
3 tablespoons flax seeds, ground

All you'll do:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Toss the rolled oats, spelt flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, canola oil, applesauce, maple syrup, dried apricots, pecans and ground flax seed together in a bowl, and mix well. Spread the granola mixture on the lined baking sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes, stir the granola, then bake for another 15 minutes until dry. Cool completely before serving.

Now that sounds yummy!

Good luck on your first day of school!