Will is totally enthralled with those pre-packaged lunches at the supermarket that come with a few bits of meat, cheese and crackers in a shiny yellow container. I never buy them — honestly, I think they are gross. The meat is slimy, the cheese is mediocre … they look a lot better than they are.
But I am all for making my kids happy, so I decided to make my own for Will’s school lunch. It’s really just a fun combination lunch, which gives several tastes in a cute package, so it’s pretty easy to create yourself. How?
For Will’s school lunch, I used:
- 1 old Chinese takeout container, but a stout reuseable container would work too
- 6 silicone cupcake holders (you may need less/more depending on your container)
Now, what did I fill it with?
- 4 small slices extra sharp cheddar cheese
- 4 slices beef summer sausage (precooked)
- 1/2 cup red grapes
- 1 small red pepper, sliced (picked this morning in the garden)
- 6 sungold tomatoes (picked this morning in the garden)
- 2 Oreos (Joe-Joes from Trader Joe’s are my fav, but I haven’t been to the store lately)
So, did he eat it? Of course! Between lunchtime and snacktime, Will ate everything in his combination lunch. But it was a bit much just for lunch … After talking to him, I think he could have used four components for his school lunch, instead of six. But overall, I am happy with how it worked out. I am going to seek out a slightly smaller container that will easily hold four components.
You could easily trade in other components too — berries instead of grapes, turkey or chicken instead of the sausage, etc. Heck, you could even include lettuce leaves instead of crackers, so that kids could do lettuce wraps.
Tomorrow? I am planning on leftover turkey, cheddar cheese, grapes, cucumbers, crackers and some sort of special treat.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.