Sponsored by SargentoFirst of all I have to say picking kids lunches can be tough! We want to offer them healthy and nutritious foods but truthfully those end of in the garbage at school or comeback gross and soggy in their lunch kit.
For those who don’t know I have a 21 year old too so I have been doing this for a LONG time! I realized giving the kids a choice of quality items made them feel like they got what they picked. Instead of asking “Do you want a peanut butter and jam sandwich or this collard green wrap?” I would ask “What type of cheese do you want to pick for your greens wrap?”. Another thing I found is my kids always ate what they made. There was something there to be proud about and it helped them experiment with so many new things!
So on to a few lunch ideas that we use!
While many kids love the flavor of the mozzarella, mild cheddar and Colby Jack we mixed it u with a few of King’s faves. He is a huge cheese fan so he loves every type of slice we buy. Of course you can use any Sargento cheese that your family loves! Also, under no way are we a no bread family. King takes a classic turkey and cheddar sandwich to lunch too! We just like having alternatives.
Grapes and Cheese slices on Skewers
Anything on skewers makes my kids so darn happy! Not only do they love making them (even Apple gets totally involved) but they love to eat them.
We did grape and gouda + 2 cheese blend Sargento cheese slice wrapped with turkey slices. The trick is wrap your cheese slice into the meat slice so it stays nicely on the skewer.
Melon and Cheese wrapped with Prosciutto
Another awesome simple to make item is cantaloupe with any Sargento cheese slice of choice wrapped around and held in place with prosciutto.
These also make the best adult tapas if you drizzle reduced balsamic on them. I snuck a couple to enjoy with a glass of wine!
Next up is Collard Greens Wrap.
These sound scary to some that are worried about something being green but let me say they are soooo good! I know many of you see on my stories we use them as a wrap staple in our house.
It really is as easy as picking your favorite sandwich toppings and wrapping hem in the nice mild and hearty green leaf. I like using these because they do not fall apart easily in the kids hands. I do a tight burrito fold and they are good to go!
We used a roasted chicken, pickles, Sargento 2 cheese blend slice, carrots for added crunch and my chipotle mayo. (recipe here of the mayo)
I like to add tomatoes to mine and sauerkraut or hummus!
Last but not least are the egg bites!
These absolutely awesome grab and go bites are perfect for breakfast on the run or as a school lunch.
In a muffin tin you need to spray with a non-stick. I prefer coconut oil spray.
Layer your meat slice of choice in the tin.
Depending on size of your tin crack in 1 or 2 eggs.
Add cheese slice of choice and anything else you may want. (tomato, cooked potato, a meat chunk, mushrooms… really whatever)
I made a layered scalloped potatoes with cheese slices and ham so I scooped some of that in 1/2 our batch and the rest we did cheddar and tomato.
Cook at 350* for 22-30 minutes. My oven takes 30 minutes for these larger tins.
Hope you get some fresh ideas from this and you will be bringing the kids in the kitchen more!
It really is a great way to spend quality time with your kids in an electronic fueled world.
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