Sweetest School Lunch for Valentine’s Day
By Jen Kossowan, Mama.Papa.Bubba.
Feb 8, 2017
Call me crazy, but I sort of love making my daughter’s school lunches. I know it’s often a dreaded task for parents, but I think I enjoy making them because a) I tend to keep the food really simple and b) because I have a bit of a formula I use to help me pick those foods. My go-to combo is fruit + veggie + protein + whole grain = lunch. Easy enough, right? No cutesy food and nothing that takes more than a couple of minutes to prep. The only exception, however, is holidays. I totally get a kick out of making lunches a bit more fun on special occasions, but that being said, they still have to be fairly simple. This Valentine’s Day school lunch is just that. Fun, special, but healthful and easy to make too.
Here’s what you’ll need to create a super fun (but totally doable) Valentine’s Day lunch for your little one...
- wholewheat pita bread
- pizza sauce
- grated cheese
- pizza toppings of your choice
- baby carrots
- fruit leather strip (optional)
- a few toothpicks
- two heart-shaped cookie cutters, one big and one small (though kitchen scissors and a good paring knife will do too)
Now here’s how to make it...
First up, punch out a pita bread heart using your large cookie cutter. Spread a thin layer of sauce over the pita bread and then cover it with a generous sprinkling of grated cheese. Next add your toppings (you can make them heart-shaped using your small cookie cuter if you please) and pop your pizza into a 350 degree oven for about 6 minutes. (Essentially you’re making the exact same pizza your kiddos would create at our heart-shaped pizza-making station.) When it’s done baking, set it aside to cool.
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Next up, these super cute little carrot hearts! While they might look fancy, they take no time at all to make. Simply cut your baby carrots in half at a sharp angle, match the two cross-sections together, and stick a toothpick through both pieces in order to secure everything. Done!
Alright, on to our cucumber… Simply cut a bunch of circular slices about a half of a centimetre thick and then use a small heart-shaped cutter to punch out several hearts. You can choose to remove the outside bit if you wish, but I actually like to leave the two pieces together. Doing so means that my daughter gets to punch out her own cucumber hearts come lunchtime, plus she gets the fibre in the peel too.
On to my favourite part: the strawberries! These are so cute and easy to make that I actually include them in my daughter’s lunches year round. When removing the green leafy bits, simply cut a ‘v’ shape down into the centre of each strawberry. Then slice up each berry into three or four hearts and you're done!
Lastly, and this part is completely optional, create a few little fruit leather hearts using your small cookie cutter for a sweet treat.
Now pop your hummus into a small container and you’ve got everything prepped and ready to go! Arrange it all in a sectioned container and send your little one off to school with a lunch full of love.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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