School is now in session! To help give your child a smile in the middle of the day – along with an energy boost – consider making her lunch just a bit more fun. You don’t have to do something clever every day, but perhaps surprise her on occasion with one of these recipes. Put together a take-to-school taco bar or quick chicken-sesame rice balls that look like an animal face. For adventurous eaters, you might try making the Elvis burrito or rainbow vegetable spring rolls. Then again, you’re sure to inspire giggles with a bunny-shaped wrap or by leaving a message in his lunch box.
Does your child love tacos? This take-to-school taco bar from The Food Network includes all the ingredients she’ll need to construct a yummy taco right in the lunchroom. Layer deli slices of roast beef in flour tortillas and top with shredded cheddar cheese. Include thin-cut lettuce, salsa and guacamole to add to the tacos.
Cute and tasty! Induce ‘ooohs’ and ‘ahhhs’ from your kiddo by making him this quick chicken-sesame rice ball recipe from Cooking Light. Mix cooked rice with vinegar, sugar and a little salt. Use the blended rice to form a ball around a piece of cooked chicken. Cut out shapes in dried seaweed sheets for the eyes and bow. Or you can use vegetable pieces to create the face.
Elevate a wrap using this idea from bon appétit: the Elvis burrito. Smear peanut butter all over a whole-wheat flour tortilla. Sprinkle with pieces of bacon and banana. Finally, drizzle with honey before rolling up. You can also substitute almond butter for peanut butter, thin-sliced apples for the bananas and leave out the bacon altogether – or add an extra helping!
Add some color – and nutritious ingredients – to your child’s next lunchbox with this rainbow vegetable spring rolls recipe from the kitchn. Slice up a “rainbow” including red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, carrots, purple cabbage and microgreens. Line these ingredients on a large rice wrapper and roll up. You might include a dipping sauce to go along with the rolls in your child’s lunch.
Forget ho-hum sandwiches – make these bunny-shaped wraps from Good Housekeeping instead. Break out the kitchen scissors to create the bunny ears after folding the flour tortilla. Make a cute veggie face with pieces of carrot, tomato, chives and celery. As a fun side, offer hummus with carrots sticking out of it.
Besides the main lunch fixings, what about tucking a clever note into your child’s lunchbox? That’s the gist behind this leave a message idea from Parenting. Their idea? Glue a packet of Smarties candies onto a piece of stock paper along with an encouraging note.