kids lunches + school

oven applesauce

My son and I have a habit of watching the cooking channel together. He salivates and tells me what he likes to eat and I take notes. A few nights ago, we watched The Barefoot Contessa, otherwise known as Ina … more

lettuce wraps

Hydroponic lettuce is one of my new favorites. The bonus is that the Costco near me sells a big container of it. The brand is eva produced by Grupo Altex. I try to purchase food as locally as possible. For … more

the goodie box

When I was 7 years old, I had my tonsils out. To break up the monotony of my 10 day recovery, my mom put together a goodie box that I pulled from each day. It was filled with crayons and … more

ham & cheese rolls kids lunch

With lots of protein, fruits and vegetables, this is a wonderful packed lunch for kids. My two are like hobbits, except instead of eating two breakfasts, they eat two lunches – one at school and another when they get home, … more

chicken wrap

This also works great with deli turkey. This is my kid’s second lunch after school. Total time: 5 minutes Yield: 1 wrap 1 brown rice tortilla (I buy Trader Joe’s brand) lots of mayonnaise (Best Foods is GFCF) or hummus … more

chicken salad

This is a really versatile salad that can be used in a sandwich, a green salad or wrapped in lettuce leaves, as shown here. I send this to school with my kids with rice crackers for dipping. Prep time: 10 … more

tuna sandwich

I give my kids tuna no more than once every two weeks because of mercury levels found in tuna. The older they are, the more they can have. Prep time: 5 minutes Total time: 10 minutes Yield: enough for 4 … more

pb&j lunch

There’s a lot of sweet already going on here…jelly, fruit. Try to make sending a cookie a special occasion instead of every day. Total time: 10 minutes YIeld: 1 sandwich 2 slices gluten-free bread (I use Udi’s) blackberry or strawberry … more

egg salad sandwich lunch

Udi’s bread makes this comfort food possible. If you want a change from bread, my kids love dipping rice crackers into the egg salad, too. Prep time: 10 minutes Total time: 30 minutes Yield: 2 sandwiches 3 hard boild eggs … more