February 2, 2010
One of the most fun parts about being a mom is making school lunches. It can also be one of the most frustrating. One day you feel inspired and creative, making meals you can't wait for your kid to find his lunch box; the next day you're banging your head against the wall because you feel like a failure for preparing the same boring thing day after day.
One of the things I find kids love most about the surprise of opening their lunch box isn't just how the food will taste, but also how pleasing it is to their eye. Just making everything look good can have a big effect your kid's excitement level. I always try and pay attention to how Kenya's lunch will look to him the first time he sees it. As many of you know, I'm a major fan of the Lap Top Lunch Box because it has several compartments, each of which you can fill with a different culinary treasure for your little one. But you don't need a cool lunch box to make a good impression. For example, I love giving Kenya sandwiches, especially healthy tuna fish recipe sandwiches, but let's face it, after a few days even sandwiches can quickly lose their appeal. Still, I think it's a wholesome school lunch, so I thought of ways to put a cool visual spin on the same old same old. The result was these "sushi" sandwiches. They are a fun take on a tuna sandwich crossed with a sushi roll (don't worry, there's nothing raw here). All you do is flatten your bread, fill it with healthy tuna fish salad, roll it up and then cut it into individual bites. It's not only delicious, but an exciting treat that will impress your kids, be fun for them to eat and hopefully inspire you to keep thinking outside of the box -- the school lunch box, that is!