A cool kid lunch starts with how it's packaged. So choose a lunch bag, then use the recipes and pointers below so lunch is both tempting to the eye and pleasing to the palate.
Cherry Chia Bites (see green baking cup at center)
Chunks of chocolate and dried cherries give these energy bites a sweet flavor that's hard to resist, while chia seeds supply fiber and a pleasing crunch. Get the recipe below.
Cheesy Garlic Chickpeas (see purple snack tube at right)
Round out a balanced meal with a delicious munchie, such as these roasted chickpeas, inspired by Parmesan garlic bread. Get the recipe below.
So Long, Soggy Sandwiches
Nobody wants to eat a mushy meal. Here's how to keep the sandwich bread from getting sodden:
1. Toast it.
2. Use a paper towel to pat dry moist ingredients like tomatoes and deli meat.
3. Pack sandwich ingredients separately.
Happy Face Wrapper (see bottom left)
For our easy-to-clean, reusable wrap, use a sandwich-sized resealable bag. Then gather round self-adhesive office labels of various colors, trim them into shapes as needed, and stick them on in the shape of a face.
A thermos full of still-warm soup, mac-and-cheese, or roasted veggies is like a toasty blanket on a chilly autumn afternoon. With the right tools and (easy!) tricks, you can pack a hot lunch in no time.
Prime your thermos by filling it with boiling water, twisting on the lid, and letting it sit for 5 to 10 minutes before emptying it and filling it with food.
Tomato Ravioli Soup (see top right)
Dress up a classic comfort food with mini cheese pasta for a make-ahead meal with kid appeal. Get the recipe below.
Inexpensive silverware from tag sales offers a green alternative to disposable plastic.
Veggie Nuggets (see bottom right)
Offering the flavors of falafel, these dunkable mini fritters are delicious hot or at room temperature. Get the recipe below.