As I said before I am not a dietitian or a nutritionist. Some of my choices might seem peculiar or maybe not the healthiest. But I have to believe that I can do better than the popcorn chicken, baked chicken fryze, or hot dog that my kids claim if dropped will bounce several feet in the air. I am just attempting to add a little zing in your daily grind of lunch packing.
Which by the way there are actually websites out there, SURPRISE, surprise full of great ideas and with all the nutritional values right there for you. One is lunchtaker.com or you can check out easylunchboxes.com , laptoplunches.com was another one that had recipes and lists of ideas to help mix it up a bit with our lunchboxes.
My kids would eat peanut butter on white bread 5 days a week for lunch, if I would let them. HELP me I can’t bear to fix them another PB sammy!
While I was making one of my families favorite cookie recipes….I realized that they were really pretty healthy AND, hey why couldn’t I just put cookies in their lunch instead of sandwiches. The first time they received cookies in their lunches instead of a sandwich they crowned me Queen of ALL things wonderful and amazing, rolling out the red carpet for me as I walked to the van to drive them to school. Now it’s old news and this morning I was back to baggy eyed ol’ mom again. So here is our sandwich alternative. I adapted this recipe from one a friend gave me from recipezaar.com.
- baking sheet
- cookie scoop
- parchment paper
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup butter softened
- 3 whole eggs
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all natural peanut butter brands with peanuts only
- 5 cups old fashioned oats
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup M & M's
preheat oven to 350°, line baking sheet with parchment paper
- Add butter and sugars to mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars together until smooth and fluffy.
- Add eggs one at a time making sure to scrape down bowl after all are added. Add vanilla and peanut butter, mix for about 3 minutes until light and fluffy.
- Sprinkle baking soda over cookie dough and begin to add oats one cup at a time, until all are added, add M & M's combine well.
- Using a large cookie scoop (3 tablespoons/ 1.5 ounce) scoop dough out onto parchment lined baking sheets and bake for 12-14 minutes, until slightly browned around the edges. Remove and allow to cool for about 5 minutes before moving cookies to a baking rack. Repeat until all dough is gone.
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 sticks of butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup all natural peanut butter (peanuts only!)
2 teaspoons baking soda
5 cups old fashioned oatmeal
1/4 cup wheat germ
1 cup M&M’s
preheat oven to 350
1. cream sugars and butter together with mixer
2. add eggs one at a time mixing after each, add vanilla
5. add oatmeal mixture to butter/egg mixture. mix well
8. bake for 12-14 minutes, until just slightly browned around the edges.
I also try to make sure there is at least one piece of fresh fruit in my kids lunches. I try to avoid the fruit cups. There may be added sugars and preservatives and they also add to the garbage pile.
Have a great day!