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Pizza Day – Back to School Lunch Ideas

Sunday, September 1st, 2013
 

 pizza day collage

 

Growing up I always looked forward to Friday at school because it was “pizza day”. The day the school cafeteria served pizza for lunch. Let’s be honest, you did too, right? Why not? Pizza can definitely be part of a healthy lunch and it really is fantastic eaten cold. So why not work some pizza ideas into your lunch menus then any day can be “pizza day”? It doesn’t have to be complicated! I promise!

OK OK maybe I also looked forward to Friday because it was the last day of the school week!

You could try homemade Pesto Pizza sticks as I did in this lunch served in a Laptop Lunches (affiliate link) Bento Box.

pesto pizza 2

 

Or how about Pizza Scrolls like the ones I served in the Easylunchbox?

healthy back to school lunches

 

Maybe something that LOOKS more traditional like this easy Pita Pizza which is great for work or school? This one was made for me to take to work so substitute the nuts out if you are sending to a nut-free school!

pita pizza

 

Or something completely different like this BBQ Bagel Pizza which features chicken, broccoli, tomatoes and green onions?

healthy lunch challenge #3

 

Clearly I am not the only one who has figured this out! No! Go check out some of my lunch blogging colleagues for more creative pizza lunch ideas:

Roxanne over at The Roxx Boxx has created an amazing Spicy Cilantro Shrimp Pizza

Christine from My Epicurean Adventures shows us we can make our own Pizza Lunchables

Nina at Mamabelly’s Lunches With Love made easy homemade Pizza Pockets

Jenn at Bento for Kidlet made creative Happy Pizza Pockets

Keitha at Keitha’s Chaos shows us a Make Your Own Pizza option

 

Need gluten-free options?

Most of the ideas above can be converted but go visit Keeley over at Keeley McGuire Blog where she gives you the gluten-free instructions and is loaded with great pizza ideas like these GF Pizza Boats or these Quinoa Pizza Bites.

Or Kendra at Biting the Hand That Feeds You for her Gluten-Free Pizza Dippers.

If all that still doesn’t cut it and you need MORE inspiration, head on over to my Pizza Day! Pinterest Board! I have invited other bloggers and websites to contribute their pizza lunches so we all have a source of fresh ideas! So let’s make every day pizza day!

Oh yeah, I almost forgot to include this pizza lunch! Pictured below, this lunch served in an Easylunchbox includes:

  • Bacon Tomato Pizza Tarts (spread a thin layer of pizza dough in a greased muffin tin pan, add a spoon of your favorite sauce, your favorite toppings and top with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 400 degrees until crust is browning. Allow to cool completely before packing in your lunch box).
  • Fresh broccoli
  • Mango & blackberries
  • Snap Pea Crisps

 pizza tarts

So I hope you have found all the inspiration you need to create a bunch of menus to implement your own home made Pizza Day!

Sincerely,

Deb

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Rings and Things… to Consider!

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
 

I seek inspiration for my own lunches out there on the web. I scour Pinterest. I check out other Bento Bloggers. I look high and low at craft stores, seasonal stores, party stores and bento retailers. I always try new recipes and test new snacks trying to find an interesting variety. All of these things help my lunches evolve and stay fun.

Lately I’ve noticed a trend, people using plastic rings as Bento Box decor. Perhaps it is not that new, but it is certainly new to me. I have resisted for awhile thinking, what is the purpose of that? It has no real value… it doesn’t make a kabob or hold food together so why bother? However, recently I spied a big bag of spider rings for $1.00 at the craft store and on an impulse I bought them. I used them in Brendan’s lunch today (pictured above).

You know what? It was fun! I think they look really cool. I also think fun and cool do have value especially for the kiddos. The rings are cheap, come in many different themes and are easily found at any store with a party aisle. I don’t mind if the kids lose them, trade them, give them away, throw them away or otherwise. As long as they don’t eat them! Hopefully though they will just come home in the lunch box for reuse!

That brings me to things to consider when using rings in lunches.

  • Age – I don’t recommend using rings or food picks for children under the age of three (choking hazards).
  • Maturity – for some kids rings might just be a distraction.
  • Sanitation – Be sure you wash plastic rings before use.

I’m not sure I will use rings regularly in my lunches but I do think that every now and again it will be fun! Especially spooky spiders for Halloween!

Brendan’s lunch today is served in a Lunchbots Trio and contained:

  • A pepperoni roll
  • Broccoli, Grapes, and Kiwi
  • Carrot muffin
  • Pretzels
  • Horizon Organic Milk Box (not shown) was also packed

Sincerely,

Deb

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Yay Back to School Day!

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
 

I think we all survived! It wasn’t pretty but we all got out the door this morning in one piece… barely! The day is not over yet but I think I can claim victory! Now I’m just dying to say hello pillow!

Our school year was christened with a morning of chaos… a crazy traffic-filled drop-off, a crying toddler and one frazzled Mommy and Daddy! Later we had some panic involving a wasp in the house and a bus that arrive home an hour late! I know there will be a mound of paperwork to fill out tonight and of course fundraisers to start. Don’t worry I know each day will be better as we settle back into our school year routines! I do look forward to sitting down at the dinner table and learning the little details of their day that they hopefully will disclose (even if I have to pull it out of them)!

I was very excited to pack a special lunch for Brendan today. Actually I think every lunch I pack is special but today I packed him a themed lunch. I don’t do a lot of themed lunches so that made it extra special. Like most 10 year old boys he is a fan of Super Mario video games. While I didn’t want to tackle an actual edible Mario I felt certain I could muster out a passable Super Mario World! So drum roll please…

 

Brendan’s lunch included an Invincible Star sandwich cut using a Wilton Comfort Grip Cookie Cutter. A Mushroom which in the game restores your health carved out of an apple. A couple of Fire Flowers aka strawberries and cucumber peel on a food pick, some Mario currency in the form of gold chocolate coins, cucumber cubes on mustache food picks along with some snap peas, Pirate Booty and raisins! So do you think my nod to Super Mario World is a success? Well, he did and that makes it worth it! Here is a close up of the details:

 

I know I was focused on this task BUT yes, I packed lunch for the rest of us too!

Toddler Lunch of the Day:
Pizza left over from our last day of summer vacation celebration, grapes, 2 whole wheat Fig Newtons and snap pea crisps!

Grown up and Highschool Lunches Included:
Leftover pizza, carrot chips, snap peas, grapes, bagel chips with Laughing Cow cream cheese.

 

So how was your first day back?

Deb

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