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Lunchbox Kabobs

Back when I was working on my review for the Easy Lunchbox System (while simultaneously trying to recreate an “authentic looking” GF Lunchable), I really started to ponder how most kids perceive foods just by how they look and how they are packaged, you saw my “McCarrot Experiment,” right?.  I have also been trying to come up with simple ideas for adding “bling” to the everyday lunchbox.  My kiddos take their lunch to school every day because of their dietary restrictions, so adding a little something “extra” here and there breaks up the monotony, especially when the Yogos have suddenly “disappeared” from the lunchbox lineup! ;-) Lastly, I have been taking cake decorating classes and have begun to accumulate cupcake picks galore! So why not “merge” all of the above together? Cupcake picks are really just blinged out toothpicks, so why not make lunchbox kabobs?

Kabobs are a fun way to mix up the “ordinary” carrots, grapes, apples, pineapple, strawberries, pears, olives, Glutino pretzel twists, cheese cubes and turkey deli meat that I usually send in their lunches. I have even cut up small pieces of Crave Bakery’s Gluten-Free Brownies and stuck those on there as well… perfect “little bites.”

Luke had a lot of fun yesterday when I made up a few so I could take pictures…

He kept saying, “The baseball is gooood!”

You’d think he was looking at the latest “it” toy! It doesn’t take much at this age, does it?

Note to self: smaller strawberries next time!

I could just gaze into their eyes all day.

So, here is how it is done… very simple!

I have been collecting cupcake picks from my local specialty cake store, but you can also find them online. Ebay has a lot of neat looking picks.

Cheese cubes are great, especially if you put them on the bottom of the kabob because they will “stand up.” For the turkey, we love Boars Head Low-Sodium Turkey (it’s awesome!). To reduce our risk of cross contamination, we do not have the delicatessen slice our turkey for us. Instead, they will take a clean knife and cut off a large piece for us and we slice it ourselves at home. I figure this way, our biggest risk for cross-contamination is just on the two end pieces and not on each slice that has come into contact with the store’s deli slicer. Yes, I realize I might be a GF wackadoodle, BUT, I can also cut the turkey into various sizes and shapes by doing it this way! ;-)

On a recent trip to the store I found Kraft 100-calorie pack Cheese Bites:

Click here for Kraft’s Gluten-Free Labeling Information.

I bought these because I thought the boys would like to have the “packaging” but I have to say that the cost for 5 little packs of cubed cheese (that the boys didn’t even care for) was not worth the convenience and it didn’t rank well in the “normal looking pre-packaged food” category with Sam! The ingredient label is not all that impressive to me either. You can easily make your own cubed cheese for less money and fewer “ingredients!”

I usually buy organic cheese but I thought I would show a non-organic version because I cannot tell you how many people I come into contact with that think “Organic” is synonymous with “Gluten-Free,” or vice versa. Have you ever had one of “those” experiences?

6 ingredients.

Slice off a small chunk…

Cut in half lengthwise…

Cut into smaller cubes…

Ta-Da! And it took all of 5 minutes. :-)

You could even cross over to the “wackadoodle” side with me and…

Make Cheese Shapes! :-)

I made bunny cheese snacks around Easter.

Sam made the 6 for his age!

I think I see a new version of my O.G.C.D. coming on, LOL! :-)

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Comments

  1. iLiveinmyLab says:

    This is so cool! I love reading all of your creative posts! I might have to do this for my own lunch one day when I need cheering up :)

  2. LOL! I do it too… with the little umbrella toothpicks. ;-) It is a great way to reduce portion sizes too!

  3. Cocoa says:

    The cookie cutter idea is so cute! & I have a ton of umbrella toothpicks, I think I'll be having fun for lunch tomorrow :)

  4. Cocoa,

    You go girl! I also use Glutino's Pretzel Sticks as an edible "toothpick."

  5. Suzanne says:

    Love this idea! And speaking of the Easy Lunch Box system… I got my order on Friday and have been using it all week. My daughter is amazed at how quick it is to pack a fun, nutritious lunch and only have one container! Plus she now has room to take an extra drink instead of just water. I love being able to keep my lunch bag at my desk instead of putting my GF food into the questionable, communal fridge!

  6. Suzanne,

    Yea! I am so glad you are happy with the Easy Lunchbox System! I love how much room is in the lunchbox and the lack of "pieces" involved! And yes, it is QUICK! :-) I am working on more lunchbox ideas and will get those up soon, do you have any ideas to share? I love the collaboration of my readers, so much fun! :-)

    • Suzanne says:

      My daughter's favorite is PB&J sandwich, carrots, and applesauce. Everything fits perfectly! Today, I had tuna salad, crackers, cheese (where were the kabobs when I needed them?!), and an apple. It's a new adventure every day. :-)

  7. trulypat says:

    The cupcake picks are a wonderful idea — sometimes even adults need something a little special! — but best of all is the goldfish/bunny cookie cutter cheese!

    The EasyLunchBox is truly a wonderful creation! I can pack a lot of goodies in there with very little effort.

  8. Alta says:

    Cute ideas! Wish they worked on teenagers…LOL

  9. Alta,

    They work on me! That might be something though… LOL!

  10. My son and I stumbled on this post this morning and he insisted on having lunch kebobs for his lunch for school tomorrow! We just got done putting it together if you want to take a peek :) http://johnslunchbag.blogspot.com/2012/08/picktastic.html

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