What are some simple lunch box recipes?

Jennifer Cohen Katz
Nutrition & Dietetics

Try this nutritious, kid-friendly recipe that they will want to prepare for themselves!

Peanut Butter, Banana, and Cranberry Sushi

  • 2 slices 100% oat bread or 100% whole wheat bread
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons banana, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries

❶ Remove crusts from bread. With a rolling pin, completely flatten bread.

❷ Spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on each slice of bread. Arrange a line of banana pieces and cranberries on a long side of the bread.

❸ Roll each slice into a tight spiral. Cut each spiral into 6 pieces.

Makes: 2 servings

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

Peanut butter and banana sushi is a kid favorite. Spread a whole wheat tortilla with peanut butter and place ¾ of a banana on top of the peanut butter. Roll the tortilla and then slice into bite sized “sushi” pieces. This sushi wrap can be filled with turkey slices and pineapple or sliced beef and vegetables. Fruit kabobs with a yogurt dip is another kid friendly dish. Skewer fruit and serve with a side of fruited yogurt. Bite sized cubes of cheese served with crackers is another quick and easy lunch to pack in your child’s lunch.

Here a couple of my kid-friendly lunch ideas:

Mexican Monday:

Baked whole grain tortilla chips
Fresh salsa
Cheddar cheese, reduced fat, wedges
Low-fat milk

Thanksgiving Tuesday:

Home style turkey breast*
Cranberry sauce
Light mayonnaise
Whole wheat roll
Low-fat milk
(Cook a turkey breast for dinner on
Sunday. The extra makes for lunches
that taste like Thanksgiving leftovers.)

For lunch ideas for the rest of the week, please visit my Backpack Lunches for Kids at:

Family Making Sandwiches
Cheryl Tallman
Nutrition & Dietetics
Here are some simple lunch box recipes:

Pineapple Kabobs
Makes 4 mini-kabobs.
  • 4 fresh pineapple chunks (1/2-inch pieces)
  • 2 ounces Colby Jack marble cheese cubes (½ inch pieces)
  • 2 ounces deli ham (1/4 inch slice, cut into 1-inch squares
  • Toothpicks

Directions: Using toothpicks, assemble the mini-kabobs on a toothpick in the following manner: 1 ham square, 1 pineapple chunk, 1 ham square, and a cheese cube.

Veggie version: Substitute teriyaki-flavored baked tofu for the ham/cheese. Baked tofu can easily be sliced into small cubes and is very tasty with the pineapple.

Kiwi Wraps or Rolls
These wraps can be served as a traditional wrap sandwich or slice it into pieces (like a sushi roll) for bite sized treats.

  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter or sunflower butter
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese
  • 1/2 kiwi
  • Tortilla -- whole wheat or plain (squared)
Instructions: Remove the skin from the kiwi and slice it into thin rounds. Spread peanut butter over half the wrap and cream cheese on the other half of the wrap. Arrange the kiwi slices evenly over the cream cheese. Beginning on the cream cheese end, gently roll up the tortilla forming a log shape. The peanut butter will act as the glue to keep it together. Serve.

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