Keeping Lunch Fun

  It’s been one week since the Media Detox post, so, how’d it go?  Did you notice a change in your home and how your kids played together? I think a reset is good for all of us once in a while.  I’d love to hear from you, or just leave a comment about how it went!!!  So on to today’s post…..

  I feed 3 of my 4 kiddos lunch at home every day.  It’s pretty easy to get into a rut, so I did an experiment this month and it was a SMASHING success!

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{Pax CLEARLY was not impressed with me snapping his picture mid-apple bite}

  We typically have sandwiches or supper leftovers for lunch, with some fun ones thrown in to the mix.  I will be sharing those with you today as well as the results of my mini-experiment!

  The experiment was, if I take the same lunch items, but change-up shape and size, would it be more fun again?

The answer was a resounding YES! 

For our sandwich days, meat and cheese or PB&J I changed bread shapes:

Flat bread

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Whole wheat hoagie buns, mini whole wheat cocktail buns and the flat sandwich bread circles.

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   I also changed veggies, rotating between celery, snow peas and broccoli.  Carrots are always a staple at our house, so I rotated between big ones peeled, regular baby carrots and petite carrots.  {Don’t forget those wafer chip carrots, too! Not pictured}

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  Sometimes veggies are served with ranch, sometimes not, because I want them to learn to eat them both ways.

  They were so excited for lunch again, you’d have thought I was coming up with a whole new menu!!!!!!  Who knew it would be that simple?

Here are some of our more “fun” lunches:

Mini Pizzas with a small salad

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Pita bread dipped in Hummus, with carrots and grapes

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Cheese Roll Ups with cherry tomatoes

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Bean Burritos with chips and guacamole

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Tuna Bunwiches with carrots and chips

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Egg Salad Sandwiches or served on Whole Wheat Ritz Crackers with cheese cubes, raw veggies and apple

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  Lots more ideas for simple and unique lunches on this blog post!

More lunch ideas coming tomorrow,

Hugs, T

 

Tuna Bunwich

Before you say, EW!!! Or YUCK, I don’t like Tuna! I want you to hear me out, it’s not my favorite either.  However, once in a GREAT while, I get hungry for a nice hot, cheesy Tuna Bunwich. My friends from High School used to LOVE when my mom made us these for after school snack.  Flaky tuna, crunchy celery and melty cheese. Just delicious!

  This recipe makes a LOT.  Feel free to half it for your first go around.  We kept the goo separate from the buns on the extra sandwiches, so I could make them up fresh all week for an easy hot lunch!

Tuna Bunwich

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Ingredients

  • 3 cans Tuna Packed In Water, Drained (7 Oz Each)
  • 9 ounces, weight Velveeta Cheese, Cut Into Small Cubes
  • 1 cup Finely Diced Celery
  • 1 whole Small Onion, Minced
  • ½ cups Miracle Whip
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 1 package Of Whole Wheat Rolls, 16 Count Package

Mix all ingredients (except the buns) together in a large bowl. Lay your buns out on a work surface with the tops removed. Divide filling between the buns placing an equal sized amount on the bottom buns (roughly 1/4 cup per bun). Put the top bun on. Wrap individually in foil and bake at 350 F for 15 to 20 minutes until hot and the cheese has a chance to melt.

These can be baked all at once, or wrapped up individually and put in the fridge to heat and eat anytime!

Easy and delish!

~T