Guest post by Jennifer of One Cool Lunch
Hi everyone!! My name is Jennifer and I am the mom behind the blog One Cool Lunch. I was so excited when Mommy Digger asked me to do a guest post for them. Being a mom is why I started the quest for a better lunch for my child and eventually it led me to my blog. School lunches are just not very healthy and a traditional brown bag lunch just isn’t much fun. And so began my obsession with lunches. Today I am pleased to share with all of you a fun and simple Halloween lunch. This one is great because both boys and girls alike will enjoy it!
The key to a cool lunch is to take your child’s favorite foods and present them in a new fun way. It’s also a great way to introduce new foods and more fruits and veggies as well. So I started with “creepy finger” carrots. These are so easy! Just take some baby carrots or cut regular ones to your desired size. Then cut a few “fingernails” from a red pepper. I used ranch dressing to “glue” the nails but tzatziki dip works great as “glue” as well. Told you it was easy!
Below the carrots I have some colby jack cheese that I cut into fun Halloween shapes. I used bats, cats, pumpkins and ghosts. I used mini cookie cutters to cut mine. You can use whatever size and shape cutters you happen to have on hand.
I call the middle the dessert row. On top is a ghost Peep. I am not a fan of Peeps but he was just too cute to pass up and I knew my daughter loves them. If you don’t like ghosts they also have adorable jack o lanterns. Below those are bone-shaped graham crackers and below that is a small ghost shaped rice crispy treat. You could add Halloween sprinkles to your rice krispy treats to make them even more festive!
Next, we have a Jack O Lantern sandwich. This my favorite part of the lunch. A few months ago I saw the orange colored wraps at the store and I filed it away in my crazy brain. When I was thinking of ideas for Halloween lunches those orange colored wraps jumped back into my head and I knew they were perfect for a pumpkin sandwich. I used a cookie cutter to cut the shape of this one as well. To make the face I used Americolor Food Writers. There are other companies with food writer markers but I found that these work best for my purposes. You should be able to find them at your local cake supply store or even online at Amazon. I added a bat cheese flying over him to make it a little more spooky. If you don’t have food writers you could cut a fruit roll or cheese into face shapes and place them on your sandwich as well.
Last week while at my local dollar store I found a box of 100 Halloween picks. It had ghosts, pumpkins,bats and the spiders you see here. I cut my cantaloupe into pumpkin shapes as well, but chunks would be just as cute and alot easier,lol! Dollar stores are a great source of items to use in your lunches. From picks to cookie cutters to even sandwich cutters, I find lots of stuff at the dollar stores. And you can’t beat the price!
Last and certainly not least are my favorite treat: Chocolate covered strawberries. Whoever the first person was to dip a strawberry into chocolate was a genius! For these ghosts I simply got some white chocolate ( I like Merckens, but use whatever you like best), melted it and dipped in some strawberries. Then I used my food writer to make a face. In the past I have also used melted dark or milk chocolate to make the faces. Just melt some in a plastic baggie and cut the tip off the corner and “draw” on a face.
And that my new friends is how easy and fun it is to make a cool Halloween lunch. The best part about it is that there are no rules! You can use this lunch as a guide, using things you already have around your house. You will be surprised how much more your child eats too! I hope you have enjoyed my guest post and I hope I have inspired you to try something new in your child’s lunch box. Thank you and don’t forget to follow my blog for more great ideas!
Jennifer, One Cool Lunch