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The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet: Make Lunches Your Kids Will Love with More Than 200 Deliciously Nutritious Meal Ideas (Best on the Planet) Paperback – July 15, 2014
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My daughter loves finding these in her lunchbox. She says they are fancy and delicious. The variations are endless, so this one recipe can yield many happy lunchboxes for years to come.
4 or 5 servings.
Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C), and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, unroll the pastry sheets. Spread the ham and pineapple evenly over both sheets. Sprinkle with the cheese. Carefully roll the dough, starting with the long side so that you end up with a long log. Cut the filled dough into 1-inch (2.5 cm) thick pieces, and place on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the dough rises and is golden. Remove from the oven, and allow the wheels to cool for 5 minutes prior to packing in a lunchbox. If you make these the night before, pack them chilled in the lunchbox. They will be room temperature by lunch.
- 1 package (17 ounces, or 490 g) puff pastry sheets, thawed
- 3/4 cup (112 g) sliced deli ham, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup (80 g) crushed pineapple, well drained
- 1 1/4 cups (145 g) shredded Cheddar cheese
"If you want to be sure to avoid a lunchbox rut, then this book is all the inspiration you'll need. I can't believe how creative Laura is with these recipes and ideas!" - Lisa Leake, author of 100 Days of Real Food
About the Author
Laura Fuentes is the founder and CEO of MOMables.com., where she helps thousands of parents every day make meals and snacks their kids will love. She is the author of The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet, The Best Homemade Kids' Snacks on the Planet, and The Best Grain-Free Family Meals on the Planet.
Laura is a speaker, recipe developer, and lover of all things mom. She partners with major real food brands to promote healthy school lunches, reduce childhood obesity, and teach healthy family eating. In her personal blog, Laura writes about motherhood, good family food, managing deadlines, and keeping her cool, even when her kids super-glued her hair. Visit her at www.LauraFuentes.com and www.momables.com.
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In most cookbooks or collections of meal ideas, I'm lucky if I like 10% of the recipes. I don't branch off the norm too well myself, but much more open than these two kids. I would estimate that I find a good 75% or more recipes in this book that I would like, and I think these two kids would like many of them as well. There are several recipes for breakfast on the go, cold lunches, hot lunches, leftovers lunches, smoothies, and snacks on the go. There is a good variety of ingredients. Several also have notes for prep, serving suggestions, and ingredient substitutions. The recipes are excellent for those who want to use all organic ingredients, and for those like me who have very limited options in the area where I live. There are also recipes to make a healthier, homemade version of the processed stuff, such as chocolate syrup. A few weekly meal plans are included at the end to use as an example. And one of the things I absolutely love is the chart at the end. It lists all of the recipes, has blank stars to rate how well you like it, a box to indicate any notes regarding the recipe (such as ingredient substitutions, who likes the recipe, etc.) and a place to mark if you wish to make this recipe again. There is also a section at the beginning on ideas for packing lunches. The format is very easy to read. The recipes are well spread out, some photos of recipes are included, and the book overall is very visually appealing.
Laura herself was also very helpful. I know very little about how flours react in a recipe, other than your basic white flour. One recipe that I really want to try called for almond flour. I know nothing about it's texture or how it performs, but I have a child with a tree nut allergy and know that I can't use it. I emailed her through her blog and she was able to answer my question on a substitution.
I would definitely recommend this book for anyone needing some help with variety in school lunches. There are plenty of recipes here that can help in pretty much any situation. The recipes are fairly simple. And the recipes are not just for kids. I'm looking forward to making many of them for me to take to work.
Everything is laid out in a clear, concise manner. There is a little intro telling you where the idea for each recipe originated, giving them a personal touch that I find appealing. At the end of the book, I was surprised to find a chart with the recipe names and a place for kids to rate each one. Pure. Genius. Now I can easily see which ones were favorites and we can mark whether we want to make it again or not. Getting the kids involved in planning lunches is SO KEY.
I am a homeschooling mom of 3, and I would get to a point in the day where I would stare at the refrigerator and say "what am I going to give these kids for lunch?!?!?" I sort of stumbled across Laura's MOMables website and found all these fun and easy snack recipes that I tried for my children. I signed up for her weekly lunch menu plan, and got really excited as easy recipes started flowing in that made my children squeal with delight. Buying this book was the natural next step.
I also like that recipes are easy to tweak for your own preferences or allergy needs. We need gluten free and dairy free options, and I'm so glad to not be wondering "will this really work with gluten free bread?"
There are a lot of cookbooks out there, and a lot of them wind up making me feel inadequate and disappointed. I find this particular book empowering, making me feel like "hey! I think I could actually make this work!" You can be sure I will be recommending this book to every mom I know.
Between this book and Laura's online recipes/menu plan (and pinterest), I've been successfully making my family' of 3 breakfast lunch and dinner for $100 a week while working full time. With the right tools, anyone can plan great menus.