Re-think school lunch. Break out of the sandwich routine and pack a few yummy alternatives.
Pizza Puffs with Pizza Sauce
3/4 c. flour
3/4 t. baking powder
1/2 t. garlic powder
3/4 c. whole milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 t. salt
4 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
2 oz mini turkey pepperoni, (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 c. pizza sauce
Pre-heat the oven to 375°. Grease a 24-cup mini-muffin pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, garlic powder and baking powder; whisk in the milk and egg. Stir in the mozzarella, and pepperoni; let stand for 10 minutes. Stir the batter and divide among the mini-muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Meanwhile, microwave the pizza sauce until warmed through. Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping.
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1 T olive oil
1 half of an onion minced
1 garlic clove minced
Dash of sugar
1 t. dried basil
1 t. dried oregano
1 T parmesan cheese
Salt & pepper to taste
In a small saucepan saute onion & garlic on olive oil over medium-high heat till onions are soft. Add all the seasonings except cheese. Reduce heat & simmer about 10 minutes. Remove from heat & stir in cheese.
8 in tortillas (any kind will work)
cream cheese, softened
Thinly sliced cheese
Thin slices of salami or your favorite lunch meat
baby spinach leaves
yellow bell pepper sliced julienne (I like the yellow for color but any will do)
Spread a thin layer of the cream cheese over tortilla and place about 6-8 spinach leaves over top. Top that with lunch meat & cheese. Place 2-3 of your bell pepper strips in the center of tortilla then roll up as tightly as you can. Slice into about 2 inch slices and face them upwards so you can see the layers. Yumm!
Peanut Butter & Jelly Blossoms
2 slices of bread
peanut butter & jelly (use your favorite of both)
round “blossom” cookie cutter
Cut out the blossom shapes in both slices of bread. On one blossom, spread peanut butter first & then top with a layer of jelly. Press a 1 inch hole in the center of the other piece of bread (a water bottle lid works great for this) and place over top of the peanut butter & jelly slice of bread. Super cute!
1 slice of white bread
1 slice of wheat bread
cookie cutter (use your favorite shapes as long as they’re not bigger than the bread)
Cut out one piece of bread with cookie cutter in each slice (using the same shape so your pieces fit) and replace each empty spot with the opposite slice of bread to get the contrast in color.
* You can fill sandwiches with any sandwich fillings you like! Your kids will love this!
Sandwich on a Stick
cubed lunch meat- about 1 inch cubes
cubed cheese- use your favorite
cherry or grape tomatoes
cubed pieces of bread- use a more dense bread so it won’t fall off skewer
Slide ingredients on skewers alternating each item until your skewer is full.
You can add whatever sandwich fillings you like. Other suggestions- pickles, olives, or bell peppers. Serve with a side of mayo & mustard for dipping.
Aimee Krey- www.food-of-love-mmm.blogspot.com