I first shared this lunch idea back in 2013. Since these DIY lunchables are still a hit at my house, I thought I would re-share them. (Just in case you missed them back in 2013.) We go back to school IN JUST 2 WEEKS! Are you ready? I’m not. But maybe this fun lunch idea will help.
I have made a lot of school lunches throughout the years and there are two important things that I have learned – keep it fun and offer lots of variety. Doing these two things will ensure that kids will not only eat, but will enjoy their lunch. Variety is important, especially if you have picky eaters. With one of my daughters the list of dislikes seemed to change daily, so I never knew if she loved PB&J or hated it. Packing a bento lunch for kids is one of the simplest ways to keep lunchtime fun and offer variety.
DIY Lunchables Bento for Kids
The beauty of a this lunch is that it’s healthier than the pre-made box kind, and offers the flexibility that you need for picky eaters. To keep it fun I cut the meat, cheese, and cucumber into flower shapes with a small flower shaped cutter. If you don’t have silicone baking cups, the paper baking cups will work just fine.
What’s in the box?
whole grain crackers
thick sliced deli meat (I used a combo of bologna and chicken.)
sliced cheese (I used a combo of Cheddar and Provolone.)
red seedless grapes
Don’t worry about being wasteful when using the shaped cutters. The extra meat and cheese makes for a nice breakfast for you Mom, or if your at my house it’s a treat for the two begging dogs at your feet.
DIY Pizzables Bento for Kids
This Pizzables lunch is a favorite of the older kids. You can mix and match the toppings based on your child’s preferences. What’s in the box?
Pizza Crust – For the crusts I used whole grain round sandwich thins.
Sauce – I used bottled pizza sauce, but you could use spaghetti sauce or homemade sauce.
Toppings – I couldn’t resist the mini pepperoni, but sliced ham would be good too. You could add mushrooms or really get crazy with the toppings if your kid is a veggie lover.
Cheese – Shredded Mozzarella is what I used. Any shredded cheese blend would do the trick. Just use whatever you have on hand.
Fruits and Veggies – I rounded this lunch out with some blueberries and baby carrots.
Pictured above are the mini plastic cups I used for the pizza sauce and pepperoni. They have lids and fit perfectly on top of the pizza crusts. I believe I picked these up at Walmart the last time we made ice cream treats for the dogs. You can reuse them several times, that is if they make it home from school.
When packing school lunches, remember to keep it fun and offer lots of variety.