Are you tired of being conned into clicking school lunch posts by the siren's song of the words 'easy' and 'kid-friendly' only to discover labor-intensive recipes your child wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole? Me too. Here are a few article titles I ran across on PopSugar including my appropriate additions to the titles.
5 Easy-Prep Sandwich-Free Lunches ...unless your child is bright enough to realize that the same ingredients rolled up in a piece of bread and sliced into cute little circles is still the exact same food.
The other four options listed in this post require actual cooking with an oven. Cooking to then create a cold lunch does not qualify as 'easy-prep' and may fit the definition of insanity. If I put something in a lunchbox that was hot at one time, it is leftovers from some other meal that we originally ate while hot.
16 Easy Wraps That Will Have Your Kid Begging For Lunch Time ...as long as you have one of those 1 in 1,000 kids who like avocado, hummus, edamame, tomatoes, pesto, black beans and spinach. Or heck, even cold tortillas!
If my kids ate a small fraction of these ingredients I would not need new ideas; I would be able to come up with my own. I am working with about five things on the face of the planet that my kids will all be willing to eat cold. The definition of 'easy wrap' at my house is a piece of turkey lunch meat rolled up. Who needs help getting their kids to beg for lunch time anyway? They are thrilled for any time that isn't class time at school.
5 Fun Ways to Get Your Child Excited About Brown-Bag Lunches ...that are a gigantic pain in the rear for moms.
My kids are impressed if I remove the grapes from the stems or slice the cucumber. (side note: I have one child that will eat cucumber, I know you are jealous.) Stuffing a pretzel in each grape to make a wand or scooping the guts from a cucumber to make a dip cup is out of the question. Also, I don't get out cookie cutters to make cookies, so I am certainly not making extra dishes and wasting half a piece of ham to cut out stars for lunch!
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