Too Cool for School Lunches!

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Introduction

School lunches don’t have to be boring! With a little creativity, even common lunchtime items can make interesting and fun lunchtime options.

Supplies

Sandwich Sushi

  • bread
  • peanut butter
  • raisins
  • apple
  • plastic wrap

Sandwich Mouse

  • sesame seed buns
  • lunch meat and condiments
  • parsley
  • radish

Sandwich on a Stick

  • bamboo skewers
  • sandwich fixings of choice (meat, cheese, lettuce, pickle, grape tomato)
  • have the meat and cheese sliced ½" thick and cut into cubes
  • Ciabatta or other firm bread

Sandwich Art

  • white bread
  • food coloring
  • milk
  • children’s art paintbrushes (new!)

Rice Cereal Worms

  • puffed rice cereal
  • marshmallows
  • butter
  • fruit leather
  • plastic wrap
  • pipe cleaners and google eyes (optional)

Chocolate Slime

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)
  • 1½ tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

The Amazing Pre-Sliced Banana!

  • banana
  • sewing needle

Peter Rabbit Dip

  • mini carrots
  • parsley
  • hummus or other dip
  • small size terra cotta pot
  • toothpick
  • plastic wrap

Fruit Stackables

  • apples, oranges, pears (pick at least two of similar size)
  • plastic wrap

Make It Cool!

Select the items you would like to make and gather the ingredients.

Sandwich Ideas

Sandwich Sushi

  • Lay a piece of bread between two pieces of plastic wrap and flatten with a rolling pin.
  • Spread peanut butter on the bread, and then add raisins, and thinly sliced apple on one end. Let the apple slices hang out the ends like real sushi.
  • Roll up the bread tightly and then slice into 1-inch thick pieces.
  • You can dip the apple slices in lemon-lime soda or lemon juice to keep them from browning.

Sandwich Art

  • Mix food coloring with 2 teaspoons of milk per color.
  • Using the paint brushes, create a design on the bread.
  • Lightly toast, and then make into a sandwich.

Sandwich Mouse

  • Make a sandwich using your choice of lunch meat and condiments.
  • Ears: Use bologna or fairly thick turkey. To make them, cut a half-circle of the meat, curve it slightly on one end, and fit into bun. Make a slit in the bun with a knife first to make it stable.
  • Eyes: Take a think cucumber slice and add a thin wedge of black olive for the center.
  • Nose: Place an olive in the middle of the bun. You may wish to carve out a small bit of bun to make it stable.
  • Mouth: Use a small wedge of radish
  • Hair: Place a small sprig of parsley between the ears.

Sandwich on a Stick

  • Slide the ingredients onto the skewers, beginning and ending with bread.

Dessert Ideas

Chocolate Slime

  • Combine sweetened condensed milk, chocolate syrup and cornstarch in a saucepan over low heat. Stir until thick.
  • Allow to cool, and store in the refrigerator.

Rice CerealWorms

  • Prepare puffed rice treats according to recipe on box. For better-tasting treats, use twice the butter suggested.
  • With buttered hands, form treats into logs between 4 inches to 6 inches in length.
  • Wrap logs with a strap of fruit leather.
  • Wrap entire log in plastic wrap, and then twist a pipe cleaner around one end and curl to form antennae.
  • You may glue googly eyes on in front of the antlers.

Fruits and Veggies

The Amazing Pre-Sliced Banana!

  • Insert the needle into the banana along a seam.
  • Glide the needle across the banana, being careful not to poke the needle through the skin of the banana. Swipe it back and forth a couple of times tomake sure you’ve got a clear slice.
  • Repeat, moving down the banana 1 to 2 inches.
  • To make it even trickier to detect, insert the needle along different seams of the banana.
  • Watch the look on the person’s face when she opens the banana to find it already sliced!

Peter Rabbit Dip

  • Using a toothpick, hollow out a small space at the top of each carrot for a small sprig of parsley.
  • Line the terra cotta pot (remember to use a mini one!) with plastic wrap and fill with hummus or other dip.
  • Place carrots in dip. If you are sending this to school in a lunch bag, wrap the carrots separately in plastic wrap.

Fruit Stackables

  • Select two fruits of similar diameter. You may use green and red apples, an orange and an apple, or an apple and a pear. Green apple with red pear makes a nice combination for visual appeal.
  • Slice the fruit crosswise in similar thickness slices (about ½" thick) and stack, alternating slices. If you use apple or pear, sprinkle with ascorbic acid or lemon juice and water to prevent browning.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap if sending in a school lunch to hold in place.