Thursday, July 2, 2015

Cute Kids Lunch Tips {31 Days of Kids Kitchen Activities}

Summertime is a great time to do a little food experimenting with the kids.  With the pressure to make school lunches gone for a couple of months, why not try new foods, new flavors, or new ideas that you can incorporate back into the lunch routine once school starts again?


I'm excited to be posting as part of 31 Days of Kids' Kitchen Activities over at Study at Home Mama.  All month long, you can check out ideas for kid food, kids' cooking activities, recipes, learning ideas, and more.

We obviously love our cute food, but one of the main questions we get is "Isn't it hard to make?"  It really isn't, if you have a couple of the right tools.  I'd highly recommend investing in a couple of sandwich cutters.  They're larger than cookie cutters and usually only trim the very edges of the crust off the bread, so minimal waste.  We've found several kinds at our local dollar shop (dinos, dolphins, and hearts) or there's many varieties online.


In this lunch, we opted for one of our favorite fish shaped cutters (from The Lunch Punch) to start an ocean theme.  A quick tip?  While the cutters show you that you can cut the completed sandwich, it works *much* better to cut the bread, meat and cheese separately and stack them after.  These fish are ham and cheese on wheat, cut individually then assembled.  For a sweet treat, we used brown M&Ms to be the eyes.

To the side, I opted for whole strawberries, stems removed, and accented with little ocean themed picks.  Picks are one of the best additions to a cute lunch since there is no work to them!  Cut your food, impale it on a pick, and it's much cuter than if you didn't!


What else to snack on?  Frozen yogurt shapes to match the lunch, of course!  Using silicone ice cube trays, spoon in your favorite yogurt, and freeze.  We have a under-the-sea themed tray that was perfect for this lunch.  These are great for school too--they mostly thaw by lunch but they stay cold, just remember to pack a spoon!  And, since we've got an ocean theme going, no lunch is complete without a few Goldfish crackers.  These are a combo of honey and cinnamon graham flavors, mostly because they matched!

In summary, simple themes can lead to an adorable lunch!  I'd love to see any you create for your little ones this summer.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

What Kids Eat Wednesday


Welcome back to What Kids Eat Wednesday!

We were so excited to see the amazing entries last week, feel free to check through the link for food inspiration for your family too!

With so many great entries, it's hard to pick just two or three to feature, but thankfully, my cohosts picked a few of their own too.


These are just a few of our favorites from this week!
Every Wednesday, you can look forward to finding the best kids kitchen ideas, bento lunches, easy healthy recipes for your family, and even learning and sensory activities for kids involving food! We will check out every link and feature our favorites the following week, if you're looking for some quick inspiration!

I hope you find great inspiration here, and be sure to check out my awesome co-hosts -- especially the Pinboards!

Shannon Carino, BentoLunch.net
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Simple Snacking Bento

It's not all fancy lunches around here, sometimes we need snacks too.  And easy snacks are always a plus in my book.  For some of the kids' half-day day camps, they need to bring snacks along and I'd rather send something that will really tide them over while they are busy.


This snack box features a semi-lunchable idea with sliced salami, chunks of cheddar cheese, and crackers.  Since the time frame of snacks can be difficult to pin down, I added a yogurt tube and an apple so the kids have the option to wait on one of the items if they need to.  If nothing else, they can eat them in the car on the way home from camp!

  Disclosure: I am a Gogurt Lunchbox Blogger.  This lunchbox was created as part of my relationship with Gogurt and I was compensated for my time and design.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Campfire Breakfast - Bacon & Hashbrown Foil Packets

Before we left Colorado, Faith had one last Girl Scout camping trip to go on.  I helped with the food planning since we were trying to finish out some of the food we had in our own freezer and came up with a perfect breakfast for the girls--bacon & hash brown foil packets.


There are two ways to make these--either buying precooked bacon or cooking it yourself before the trip.  Since I had about 8 packs of Jennie-O turkey bacon in my freezer, I opted for the second.  I diced it at home, cooked it in a skillet and drained it on paper towels to remove the grease.  I packed it in freezer bags and we kept it cold in our ice chest.  If you were worried about keeping things cold, the shelf-stable precooked bacon would be a perfect substitute.

What you need:
Cooked bacon, diced up
Hash browns, shredded or small cubes
Salt & pepper
Cooking spray

How to make:
Lay out sheets of tinfoil, spray the center of each with a spritz of baking spray.
In a bowl, combine hashbrowns and bacon.
Put a generous spoonful of the mixture in the center of each foil packet.
Sprinkle with salt & pepper.
Fold or roll the tinfoil to make sealed packets.
Cook over the fire until potatoes are cooked!
Eat and enjoy (with coffee as pictured above, or juice like the girls had).

I may not really be a camper, but I think I'm getting the hang of the food part!

Disclosure: I have received product and information from Hormel Foods in exchange for being a Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger. No other compensation was received and all opinions expressed within the post are my own.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What Kids Eat Wednesday


Welcome back to What Kids Eat Wednesday!

We were so excited to see the amazing entries last week, feel free to check through the link for food inspiration for your family too!

With so many great entries, it's hard to pick just two or three to feature, but thankfully, my cohosts picked a few of their own too.


These are just a few of our favorites from this week!
Every Wednesday, you can look forward to finding the best kids kitchen ideas, bento lunches, easy healthy recipes for your family, and even learning and sensory activities for kids involving food! We will check out every link and feature our favorites the following week, if you're looking for some quick inspiration!

I hope you find great inspiration here, and be sure to check out my awesome co-hosts -- especially the Pinboards!

Shannon Carino, BentoLunch.net
BLOG | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Visit Shannon Carino's profile on Pinterest.

Grace Hall, Eats Amazing UK
BLOG | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Visit Grace @ Eats Amazing's profile on Pinterest.

Jennifer Tammy, Study at Home Mama
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Visit Jennifer Tammy's profile on Pinterest.

 Let's Start the Party:


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Make Easy Minion Puddings


Are you looking forward to the new Minions movie?  We certainly are!  And to celebrate, we made very easy, very cute Minions puddings!

What You Need:
Yellow pudding - we used lemon, but banana works too!
Fruit by the Foot, the blue/purple combo
Mini Oreos
M&Ms

How to Make:
Mix up your pudding, let it chill and set.
Spoon pudding into smaller bowls, almost to the top.
Cut Fruit by the Foot to be about an inch longer than the diameter of the bowl, separate the two colors and wrap the purple piece over top, sticking it to the outsides.
Carefully open mini Oreos and set aside the part with the white filling still on it (eat the top!).
Place a brown M&M on the center of each white cream filling.
Place the Oreos on top of the Fruit by the Foot to make the minions' eyes, one or two per minion, whichever one you like best.

Wouldn't these make really cute cupcakes too?  Just switch the pudding for a cupcake and add yellow icing to them, similar to our TMNT cupcakes for Ben's birthday last year!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Snail Themed Lunches & Snacks


After last week's fun with snail snacks (check out our PB&J snail rolls here), we went on the hunt for snail-y snacks to share and found a ton of adorable ideas!

Check out these snail lunches and snacks for plenty of inspiration
I have a cookie idea in my head, so stay tuned!
 

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