‘Cooler’ Cold Lunches Mini-Tip 3Posted by MeckMom on Sep 16, 2010 in Popular Posts: Parenting Hacks | 5 comments
‘Cooler’ Cold Lunches Mini-Tip 3: Stick it to ‘Em
What’s true for state fairs is also true for cold lunches…any food is better if it comes on a stick. Don’t ask me why, but in the eyes of kids, skewering something with a toothpick suddenly changes it from humdrum to totally fun. I think it makes them feel fancier somehow…like they’re having appetizers off a silver platter rather than ordinary foods from a lunch box.
In fact, to up the fanciness one notch, I use these crystal toothpicks in my girl’s lunches (my son is far too manly – he gets the regular sandwich kind). My mom found them in the clearance section of Bed, Bath & Beyond ($6 for a pack of 48). Aren’t they cute? As a bonus, they’re made of plastic so they can be rinsed and reused time and time again.
I use them for anything from grape kabobs to mini sandwich skewers (cut with small cookie cutters). Lately I’ve made a few Lunchables knock-offs and added toothpicks just for fun. I cut a few slices of turkey and cheese into squares with a pizza cutter after dinner and had the kids skewer them. I stored them in the fridge and then threw in some ritz crackers the next morning before school. So easy! Just thought I’d pass it on.
Two more min-tips to go (are you sick of this topic yet?). Thanks for all your comments, guys. It’s great to know I’m not alone in my efforts to kick my hot lunch habit.
Speaking of food on a stick…here’s a pic of me (and my little guy) enjoying a delicious ‘Ear of Carmel Corn’ at the Eastern Idaho State Fair last week. I guess my kids aren’t the only ones drawn in by the “stick it to ‘em” strategy.
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