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10 Quick Lunch Box Recipes


Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches are standard field trip fare in our household. No refrigeration needed and a good combo of protien, carbs and sweetness to keep the kids going.

At home we've also jazzed up the old classic with sliced bannanas, but what a great idea to add other flavors! Raisins, granola and chocolate chips are truly gorp inspired and would be great to add for a day hike.

For a bit more sophistication, swap white bread for a croissant and pack a side of julienned red bell peppers, cucumbers and carrots. Sliced strawberries add a perfect finishing touch. (Well, OK, in my house the strawberries would be the appetizer, but they're great with PB & J either way!)

Peanut Butter & Jelly and More

By Ursula Furi-Perry

Lunch for One

2 slices white bread
1 teaspoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon grape jelly
Any or all of the following:
    1 tablespoon raisins
    half of an apple, chopped
    half of a banana, chopped
    1 tablespoon granola
    1 tablespoon chocolate chips
    1 tablespoon mini marshmallows
    anything else you may prefer

Lunch for Two or Three

4-6 slices white bread
3-4 tsp. peanut butter
3-4 tbsp. grape jelly
Any or all of the following:
    3-4 tbsp. raisins
    1 apple, chopped
    1 banana, chopped
    3-4 tbsp. granola
    3-4 tbsp. chocolate chips
    3-4 tbsp. mini marshmallows
    anything else you may prefer

Dress up this classic lunch box sandwich. Experiment with ingredients and let your kids decide what they want to put inside. You make the sandwich, then include the other ingredients on the side and let your kids do the rest---itís a sure hit on a boring day!



Cooking Terms

"Julienned" means cut into thin sticks or strips. So, thin carrot sticks are julienned vegies.