1 Lunch + 2 Snacks #105
LUNCH – Sausage, Cheese & Veggie Skewers
Skewers are a simple way to make lunch fun for kids (or adults:) You know how much everyone loves those little appetizers on a stick, at cocktail parties, right? Well kids love them too! You don’t have to wait for a party or special occasion to serve them though, any lunch will do. At home, on the go, or off to school or work.
The other wonderful thing about skewers, is they are perfect for leftovers, like the sliced sausage I used here, or shrimp, meatballs, or tortellini. When I make skewers for lunch, here at home, and the kids ask for more, I give them a bowl of refills and let them make their own, reusing the skewer from the first one. When I pack skewers to go or for school lunches, I usually make up one or two skewers and then pack the refills along side or in a separate container. Some other types of skewers that are fun to pack/eat along with a sandwich type lunch are salad skewers and fruit skewers .
The dip for this lunch is a blend of greek yogurt and mustard. It’s great for both the skewers and veggies on the side. I used yellow mustard here, but often switch it up with different varieties of mustard like dijon or spicy mustard.
SNACK – Oatmeal with Apples, Pecans & Pumpkin Spice
Oatmeal is one of the daycare kids’ favourite snacks. I like that it is hearty, healthy and easy to make. I like that it is economical and that I always have it on-hand, perfect for “what the heck are we going to have for snack” type days. And I like that I can switch it up through the seasons, like this one that is so perfect for fall with apples, pecans and a sprinkling of pumpkin spice. I also like that I can make it ahead, a life-saver during a busy week. I use this Make Ahead Oatmeal recipe all the time, whether or not I’m making it ahead, I simply switch up the add-ins to whatever suits us that day.
SNACK – Raisins, Sunflower Seeds and Oranges
Snacks don’t have to be complicated, keeping it simple with dried fruit and seeds or nuts, satisfies that munchy snack craving, while still keeping it healthy. Last year, I switched over one of my cupboards to hold mason jars filled with things just like this. Shredded coconut, raisins, dried cranberries and other dried fruits. A variety of different nuts like walnuts, almonds, peanuts and pecans. Different seeds, like pumpkin or sunflower seeds, chia seeds, flax seed. And other stuff like popping corn, and all bran cereal. I often pick up whatever is on sale that week at the bulk store and fill a jar. When the jar is empty I wash and dry it and put it back in the cupboard, until I have something else to fill it with.
The interesting thing is, it has changed the way my kids (and husband) snack. Before, if they felt like munching on something crunchy, they would dig through the cupboard looking for chips or crackers, now they head straight for the mason jars filled with healthy munchies. It also makes simple snacks like the one I served here, a breeze. Just grab a few jars and mix it up!
1 Lunch + 2 Snacks is where I share the healthy, kid friendly lunch and snacks, that I serve the kids Monday to Friday, along with a few tips & tricks thrown in here and there. For more posts in this series click here. If you would like to see my lunch and snack ideas in real time, you can follow me on Instagram where I post them as they happen:)