Turn an ordinary sandwich into a school bus inspired treat, and use tuna fish to create protein-filled celery sticks for after school fun snacks and/or lunches. Check out these three recipes to make Back-To-School fun, tasty and healthy.
School Bus Sandwich
Park this friendly bus in front of your child to celebrate the start of the new school year. Cut a slice of bread (we used pumpernickel) into a rectangle, reserving a strip of crust. Trim a slice of yellow cheese to fit the bread as shown. Cut another slice of cheese for the hood. Use the reserved crust for a fender. Cut headlights and grill strips from white cheese and set them in place. Use the pointy end of agrape tomato for each red light. Slice more tomato into a stop sign and smile. Finish with black olive tires, trimmed to lie flat, and pupils (we cut ours with a straw). Now that’s a snack worth stopping for!
Kids can help make these tasty two-bite snacks for their first classroom gathering. In a small bowl, stir together 2 ounces goat cheese, 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cut 12 1-inch-long strips of red bell pepper. Use a vegetable peeler to thinly slice a large cucumber into 12 11/4-inch ribbons. For each roll-up, place 1/4 teaspoon of the cheese mixture at one end of a cucumber strip, press a pepper slice on top, and roll. Secure the end with a dab of cheese.
These tasty treats carry a cargo of good protein and serve as an allergy-friendly alternative to the classic ants on a log. Fill celery sections with your child’s favorite tuna salad. Top each with a few thawed frozen peas, then watch the boats sail off the plate.
I love these snack and lunch ideas for my soon-to-be kindergartener!
Which one of the above recipes would your little one love? What do you like to pack for snacks and lunches?
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