It’s that time of year – you’ve already exhausted your sandwich ideas and you haven’t even had your first report card. Katie Bugbee has a new approach to making school lunches – call in the experts. Here, she and Whole Foods Market create 5 new lunches you all will love.
- Blue Doritos and Red Doritos. Covering a semi-rainbow of food groups.
- Anything that starts with “cream” and ends with “cheese.” On a bagel. On a waffle, and yes, this is one I give in to.
- Candy. Because “Johnny’s mom gives him candy for lunch.”
- Pancakes. Well, they worked at breakfast. Why not?
- Cereal. Same as above.
- Chocolate. Yeah, me too kids.
- Please, Mom just give me money. I’m about to.
My kids have been back to school for two weeks and I’m already fed up with their lunch requests. Mostly, they just want to spend $3 a day on pizza, chips and chocolate milk. Yuck.
Not to mention expensive.
I send their lunchboxes to school with a sandwich, fruit and snack. And back they come – with the sandwich intact and untouched.
Me: Why didn’t you eat this?
Them: I didn’t want it.
Me: Why not? It’s delicious. I worked really hard on it.
Them: I dunno. Can you make cupcakes like David’s mom?
What’s a mom to do? Well, if you’re this mom, you call on Culinary Director Alex Joy at Whole Foods Market (in Dedham, MA) and ask if she wants to work with you to create healthy, easy (let’s face it, no one has the time each morning) sandwiches kids will actually eat. Not trade. Not send back home. And then you both record how to make them – and share them with the world.
So that’s what we’ve done. As part of a Care.com and Whole Foods Market partnership, we are going to share lunch, dinner and snack recipes that meet certain needs.
Starting with lunches. These 5 ideas come from the same 10 ingredients (less shopping for you!). The goal is healthy meets fun and delicious. So if you’re looking for something new to make, or you’re sick of seeing your food go to waste, or you are about to give in to a thermos of Choco-O’s in the lunchbox, try them out. And let us know what your kids say!
What is your favorite sandwich recipe your kids will actually eat?