1 Lunch + 2 Snacks #115
LUNCH – Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese with Veggies on the Side
Sometimes when I make this butternut squash mac & cheese I mix additional veggies right in, but most of the time I give the kids a small bowl with a mixture of vegetables and let them choose whether to add them to their mac & cheese, or eat them on the side.
Frozen corn and frozen peas are favourites, not to mention ridiculously easy. The kids love them frozen, so I don’t even thaw them out. Steamed broccoli and roasted carrots are also favourites, but really anything goes here, and using up leftover vegetables from dinner is simple and easy, I just chop them into bite size pieces.
The kids love having control over adding or not adding the vegetables, plus it creates an interactive element to their lunch. I talk this part up, asking them things like “What creation are you going to make today?” and then pointing out what each child added. I have seen a lot of kids start eating veggies they previously didn’t like, because of these three elements – choice, inter-activeness and peer choices.
SNACK – Goblin Smoothies & Witches Apples
One day, close to Halloween, I served this snack telling the kids the green smoothies were goblin smoothies and the apples were witches apples. They loved it. Such a simple thing, but they gobbled it up, so to speak.
We have had this very snack many times since then, always by request and always accompanied with lots of giggles and lively conversation about those witches and goblins. Just goes to show you that making food fun for kids, doesn’t have to be difficult!
To make the smoothies I blended 1 cup of peach juice, 1 cup of frozen spinach, 1 cup of 4 fruit blend frozen fruit (peaches, strawberries, pineapple and mango) and 1 tablespoon of flax seeds.
SNACK – Pickled Baby Beets & Feta Skewers
This is my take on a beet and feta salad for the kids. Beets are messy, skewers are fun. The two go very well together for kids, so I often serve beets on skewers or with food picks. Plus these cute little baby beets were perfect for skewering.
Straight from a jar (that I was very lucky to be given by someone who both grew and pickled them herself) and right on the skewer, along with some cubed feta that I tossed with lemon juice, lemon zest and chopped parsley – super easy.
The kids loved them, but I’d serve them with cocktails any day, maybe this weekend:)
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:)