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September 5, 2007
Issue #012

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1. Back to School Lunch Ideas
2. Lunch Box Recipes
3. Teach Your Kids About Cooking
4. Cooking Conversions


1. Back to school lunch ideas

Summer is just about over (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) and it's back to school. Making a healthy lunch for kids can sometimes be a challenge. Here are a few tips:

No junk

This one can be a challenge, but it is possible to stay away from junk food and provide a healthy lunch that tastes great. Stay away from processed foods that are full of sugar, salt, and artificial colors and preservatives. This will cut down on hyper-activity and give kids longer lasting energy. If you must serve chips, find corn chips and potato chips that are cooked in non-hydrogenated oils (oils such as canola, sunflower, and olive oil are best) and are free from preservatives. Find the peanut butter made only of peanuts and salt and jelly (jam) that doesn't have added sugar. Serve brown bread instead of white.


Instead of soft drinks or fruit drinks, encourage kids to drink good old fashioned WATER. Yes, studies show that drinking plenty of water can assist with circulation. Kids won't be as hungry if they drink lots of water. They will think more clearly and be able to focus more on their school work.

An apple a day

My kids' school started a program last year that allowed primary age students to eat a small fruit snack (fresh fruit only, no dried fruit or processed fruit roll-ups) every morning at 10:00 am. The results were overwhelmingly positive. The kids concentrated on their work throughout the morning after having one serve of fruit each day. So send some apple or orange slices to school ever day. (Tip: squeeze a little lemon over the apple slices - this will keep them from browning during the day!)

Veg out

Getting kids to eat veggies is always a task. To make lunches more interesting and sneak a vegetable in, try sending various raw veggies such as sliced carrots and celery with different types of dips in a small airtight container.

Click here for some easy dip recipe ideas.

Add sliced avocado, alfalfa sprouts, sliced cucumber and shredded carrots to sandwiches. The sandwich will have more "crunch," more color, and will taste much better.

Be creative - variety is the spice of life

Try a variety of foods so lunches aren't boring. Use different meats (chicken, turkey, beef, pork) as well as seafood and eggs. Also try a varitety of veggies, and different types of breads (sandwich slice bread, bread rolls, buns, bagels, croissants). For kids who hate "soggy" sandwiches, toast the bread. A little variety will make lunches a lot more interesting and fun!

2. Lunch Box Recipes

Try these easy lunch recipes:

Avo and Cream Cheese Sandwich

1 avocado
1 8 ounce container of cream cheese
1 carrot, shredded
8 slices of bread (whole wheat is best)

Cut avocado in half, remove seed, and use a small spoon to scoop out flesh. In a small bowl, mix avocado flesh, cream cheese and carrots together. Stir rigorously until ingredients are well mixed. Spread over bread and make sandwiches.

Turkey Croissant Sandwich

turkey slices
fresh spinach leaves
Italian dressing
black olive slices (not pits)
salt and pepper to taste

Cut croissant in half. Toss spinach leaves in dressing. Layer croissant with slices of turkey, spinach leaves, and black olives. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add a little cranberry sauce for extra flavor if you like.

Roasted Eggplant Loaf

small eggplant
small red bell pepper (capsicum)
fresh basil, chopped
balsamic vinegar and olive oil
salt to taste
baguette or French bread

Slice eggplant and bell pepper and place on a broiler pan. Brush on olive oil then salt. Broil (grill) for 3-5 minutes on each side until soft and well cooked (avoid burning). Cut bread loaf down center. Place slices of eggplant, bell pepper, and basil on top of open bread. Sprinkle vinegar and oil on top, then cover with bread loaf lid.

Click here for more kid lunch recipes.

3. Teach your kids about cooking

Cooking for kids is fun and rewarding. Watching them enjoy your food brings so much satisfaction. Passing on the basic life skills that are involved in cooking is also important to a parent.

Benni Jenyfari shares with us the "Top 5 Things to Teach your Kids about Cooking" in a new article. From safety in the kitchen to food preparation and cleaning up, check out Benni's tips.

Click here to read this article.

4. Cooking conversions

Visitors to the Easy Kids Recipes website come from all over the world. Not everyone uses the imperial system like Americans. Converting a measurement in a recipe from cups to liters or ounces to grams can be confusing.

Check out this basic conversion chart for cooking measurements.


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Clarissa the Mom Chef
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