Recipes for Auntie

I really wish I were “that mom.” You know, the one that has all her ducks in a row, everyday. Has time/energy/money/oven space to bake 400 dozen cookies for the school bake sale-tomorrow, has the most inspired bento-box lunches for my kids, cute checklists for the kids that they fall all over each other doing-every day. But I’m not.

But, I do really love the thought of carefully planned and thought out lunches. I just can’t execute that. Sometimes it’s us rushing to throw whatever we can into the lunchbox 5 minutes before the bus is due. Sometimes, it’s me slapping quarters into my son’s hand as he’s running out the door…because, of course, I didn’t put any money into the lunch count after he spent it all last time.

Anyways…fun, healthy lunches, anyone?

Recipes wanted! Submitted recipes will be accepted at recipesforauntie@gmail.com, or you can stop by the Albion office and drop a copy off up front. If you don’t have a recipe to submit right now, but there is a recipe you’re desperately seeking, feel free to email or drop off a note for a “Recipe Request.” I’m now requesting recipes for your favorite chili and dessert recipes!

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DIY Nachos

Tortilla chips (choice)

Shredded cheese (choice)

Turkey, chicken, or shredded beef

Black olives, grape tomatoes, diced avocado, or any other vegetables 

Peaches with yogurt (or whatever your child likes)

Pack each in their own container.

Lunchtime Roll-Ups

Turkey or ham lunchmeat slices (or both)

Cheese slices, your choice

Roll up in a flour tortilla. Add condiments (choice) if desired. Slice.

Strawberries with cottage cheese (or whatever your child likes)

Deviled egg

Whole almonds or raisins

Pack each in their own container.

DIY Pizza

English muffin, pita chips or other suitable “crust”

Sliced pepperoni, or other protein of choice

Shredded cheese

Sliced olives, if desired

Pizza sauce

Grape tomatoes and green pepper strips (or whatever your child likes)

Granola, raisins and yogurt (or whatever your child likes)

Pack each in their own container.

DIY Kabobs

Cheese cubes, your choice

chicken, turkey, and/or ham cubes 

Alternate on a skewer or in a bag. Feel free to add in a few grape tomatoes, broccoli and/or cauliflower florets (or whatever your child likes)

Fresh vegetables (more) with ranch dressing

Pretzels, popcorn or goldfish crackers

Apple slices or other fresh fruit

Pack each in their own container.

Egg Lunch

Hard-boiled egg

Pita chips or crackers

Carrot sticks with ranch dressing

Cheese stick

Pretzels, popcorn or goldfish crackers

Mandarin orange or other fresh fruit

Pack each in their own container.

DIY Ramen

Ramen noodles (pre-cooked)

julienned carrots, broccoli, onion, bell pepper (or whatever your child likes)

Cashews

Soy Sauce packet

Mix together, leaving some soy sauce for cucumbers.

Cucumber slices with soy sauce (or whatever your child likes)

Pineapple or other fresh fruit

Pack each in their own container.

PB&Banana

Spread PB on a tortilla, add banana. Roll-up and slice.

Berries with yogurt (or whatever your child likes)

Sunflower seeds and/or raisins

Sugar snap peas with ranch dressing (or whatever your child likes)

Pack each in their own container.

***Recipes inspired by Kristine from “Kristine’s Kitchen” blog and Kelly from “Life Made Sweeter” blog.***