So far, my girls have been eating what I send them for lunch. That said, I am being very simple in what I send them and it's only been two weeks. They won't eat sandwiches or anything fancy and resembling a proper meal. They aren't allowed any nut or sesame products. They don't have a long time to eat. This means that most of their lunches are very simple bento box style lunches. For snack, I send some kind of homemade snack which is packed with fruits and/or veggies. I like this oatmeal cookie recipe (made without the nuts) because it includes pureed zucchini. For lunch, they get some kind of bread/pita/wrap/cracker with cheese, veggies, fruits, raisins and sometimes a fruit and veggie pouch. The other day I sent a pizza bun made from a local Italian bakery. While it was yummy, it wasn't as nutritious as I would like.
Then I came across this wonderful recipe for veggie packed pizza rolls. Kids love pizza and they also love anything that comes in the form of a muffin, so I was intrigued. I really loved the idea of sneaking in the veggies. However, I immediately knew there would be NO way I was going to make pizza dough. Um, no.
Instead, I purchased grocery store pizza dough and followed the rest of the recipe. I added sautéed veggies (I used onion, tomato, green pepper, carrot and spinach) to Unico pizza sauce and blended it in the Vitamix. Then I rolled out the dough, layered cheese (we only had cheddar in the fridge) and the veggie pizza sauce. Then I rolled it up, sliced it and placed the pieces in a muffin tin. This made 9 pizza rolls plus tons of leftover sauce. The rolls are seriously delicious and very portable for lunches.
|From Pinterest (where else?)|
If you have any interesting lunchbox ideas for picky kindergarteners, I would love to hear them.
Have a great week!