Best Lunch Box Recipes

  • Downhome Magazine
  • Posted: Aug 23, 2010 12:17 PM
Are your kids sick of eating the same old ham and cheese sandwiches you dutifully pack in their school lunch boxes day after day? If so, spice things up and try out the following lunch recipes on them. Do your kids have a favourite school lunch recipe? Share it with us, here.

Mini Sandwiches
WhyImage have one sandwich for lunch when you can have several? Using mini sandwich buns, you can put together a few tasty combinations with whatever you have on hand. Here are just four of the tasty combinations you can make:

Blackforest ham with mayonnaise and sharp cheddar cheese

Turkey with cranberry sauce

Bologna with grainy honey Dijon mustard

Sliced hard-boiled egg with mayonnaise

Tropical Ham Salad
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1/2 cup canned green beans (no-salt added), drained
1 cup shaved cooked ham, shredded
1/4 cup creamy cucumber salad dressing
6 lettuce leaves, shredded

Put pineapple chunks, green beans and ham in a bowl. Add salad dressing and toss gently; set aside. Divide lettuce equally between two bowls. Top lettuce with ham mixture.

Chicken-Avocado Pita Pockets
2 cups diced cooked chicken
3 avocados, peeled and diced
3 tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/2 red onion, chopped
2 tbsp lime juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 pitas
Sour cream, to taste
4 leaves lettuce

In a bowl, mix chicken, avocados, tomatoes, onion, lime juice, garlic, salt and pepper. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Cut pitas in half. Put a leaf of lettuce and some sour cream in each pita pocket. Fill with chicken-avocado mixture.

Pizza Sandwiches
2 English muffins
1/4 cup pizza sauce
8 slices pepperoni
1/3 cup sliced white mushrooms
4 slices mozzarella cheese

Split muffins in half. Spread pizza sauce on inside of halves. Top two halves with pepperoni slices. Cover pepperoni with sliced mushrooms. Add cheese. Top with remaining muffin halves and serve.

Greatest Granola Cookies
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup orange juice
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1 cup granola cereal
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup quick cooking rolled oats

In a large mixing bowl, place flour, sugar, butter, orange juice, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and egg. With electric mixer at low speed, beat ingredients until well blended, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in granola, raisins and oats. Using a teaspoon, drop dough onto greased cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. Smooth mounds slightly with fingers. Bake at 350°F for 15 to 20 min., until lightly browned. Remove to rack with spatula and let cool completely.