I’m thankful that The Goose is not a picky eater. He counts tomatoes, mangoes and broccoli among his favorite foods, and he is always willing to try new things (which is more than I can say for myself).
Even though he’s not picky, I’m still finding that packing school lunches is a bit of a challenge. At home, most of his favorite lunch choices are “hot” foods, like quesadillas, macaroni and cheese and tacos. This means I have to be creative. But honestly, how many different ways can you spice up a plain old PB&J?
Use Cookie Cutters!
I hated the idea of paying $3 for a special “sandwich” cutter, especially for something as frivolous as making lunch more fun to eat. Then it came to me – use cookie cutters! Last year, I bought this giant box of cookie cutters. It has a lot of large sized cookie cutters, and several smaller sized cutters. Most of the large cutters cover nearly the entire piece of bread, and I can often “double up” the smaller cutters, to make two mini-sandwiches.
To make the sandwiches, I lay the bread on a cutting board, and cut each piece individually before assembling the sandwiches. Then, I throw the excess crusts in a bag in the freezer, and use them to make my own bread crumbs for chicken parmesan.
If your child isn’t a big fan of sandwiches, you can still use cookie cutters to make lunch fun. We’ve used the smaller ones to cut slices of fruit, home made crackers and even cheese!