Posts Tagged ‘Greek Yogurt’

The Sandwich and Beyond…

Monday, August 27th, 2012

I think it is pretty common to pack a sandwich in a school lunch bag, right? Most school age children have no way to heat up their lunch so the sandwich is the ultimate cold lunch fare. The problem is the sandwich quickly turns into blah… ham, bologna or the staple PB&J are as boring as it gets. It’s hard to think beyond that and we all believe that is the only thing our kids will eat.

So let’s brain storm. How can we change that and make it less blah?

We could change up the fillers:

  • Egg Salad, Tuna Salad or chicken salad
  • Nutella (or other nut butters) with sliced Banana or strawberries
  • Cream Cheese with Jams or sliced fruit
  • Sliced BBQ chicken with greens
  • Add fruit to cold cuts i.e. ham with pineapple or apple slices, turkey with cranberry sauce, grapes or preserves
  • Veggie only combinations like tomato mozzarella, portabella mushroom, bean salads, avocado, tomato with peaches and sprouts or a Rainbow wrap
  • Mix up the spreads by using Salsa, hummus, soft spreadable cheeses, dips and dressings


We could change up the breads:

  • Croissants
  • Soft Pretzels
  • Wraps
  • Rolls & Buns (bulky rolls, dinner rolls, hot dog rolls etc)
  • Waffles or pancakes
  • Bagels or English Muffins
  • Focacia
  • Pockets


We could change up the appearance beyond the bread:


Or we could move beyond the sandwich:

Still looking for more ideas or want to see more graphics for these? Head over to my Pinterest board and follow along! I have just scratched the surface and there are lots more great examples out there!

Let’s do this!



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So what is my family eating today?

Toddler Lunch of the Day:
Nutella heart shaped sandwich, Pirate Booty, Tomato Cucumber and cheese salad and frozen blueberry Greek yogurt which should thaw out before lunch!

Grown Up Lunch of the Day:
Fish taco with lettuce, tomato and lime sour cream sauce, and also stuffed mushroom, strawberry and green bean and carrot chips.

Gotta Use That Stuff Up…

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

For the most part I shop once a week, usually on Saturdays with the occasional run outs for milk etc during the week. Sometimes come Thursday or Friday I open up my fridge and say man I need to use this stuff up! I hate to throw away food. I know we all do!

Most of the time it is because I shopped without a list or without a meal plan and way over bought. Sometimes though I just have a bad week and my plans get foiled. I got sick or one of the kids did, I had a bad day, worked late, got busy or just had too much going on and in turn we fell victim to the drive thru, pizza delivery service or the fend for yourself mentality. Hey it happens! Then I feel completely lousy as I watch food go into the trashcan. Tell me I’m not the only one? I bake muffins or cook something with it when I can but often I have no time.

Lunch is actually a great way to help with this problem. Today’s lunch showing the use up method really works for both adults and kids alike:

























There’s those carrots I never cooked and the plum tomatoes I bought too many of. Why did I ever buy a whole pineapple and however did I end up with so much greek yogurt? I just cut everything into finger food portions. When you put it all together like that it looks pretty appetizing, doesn’t it?


You spread these items over several lunches and your well on your way to eating out of this problem. So what are those colorful cuppy, container thingies? I get asked this all the time…. so here you go:

They are silicone baking cups like you would use for cupcakes. This is not a brand endorsement! Use any kind you like, they come in all colors, shapes and sizes. Have fun!

I used them here to to create additional compartments in my container to keep my items separated. The tomato juice is not in my pineapple nor the pineapple juice in my cucumbers.

And maybe you are wondering what is that chocolatey looking stuff on the lower right? I mixed one 6 ounce container of vanilla Greek yogurt with one tablespoon of Nutella spread and divided the yogurt among two lunches. Yum, you’ll thank me later! Also great as a fruit dip or as a spread on waffles and croissants.

So what is wasting away in your fridge and cabinets? Olives, celery, cheese, grapes, strawberries, peppers, peas, crackers, bread, pizza, hard boiled eggs, pickles, kiwi, zucchini, broccoli, pretzels?

Sounds to me like you got lunch!


(Last bit of advice: Many lunch containers aren’t leakproof so if you know you can’t keep your container upright consider putting those items in smaller leakproof containers.)



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