Works for Me Wednesday: LunchablesJune 3, 2009
A week or two ago, Sophia told me something that I’d been dreading to hear:
“Mom, can you get me Lunchables for school?”
Ugh. Lunchables (just in case you haven’t heard of or seen them) are pre-packaged lunch kits for kids. They usually contain a stack of small cheese slices, a stack of small cold cut slices, crackers, a juice box, and a small piece of candy. They usually sell for $2 to $3 a piece.
“No,” I told her. “But maybe I can make you one. Would you like me to try?”
Thankfully, she nodded her head with excitement rather than insisting on the Brand Name, mass manufactured version.
I wasn’t quite sure how I would pull this off while convincing my daughter that it was every bit as cool as the ones she had seen the other kids have. But I had a set of small cookie cutters, and that seemed a good place to start:
Note the variety of pretty shapes… I could do a different theme each day! On this particular day I chose the butterfly.
Then I took out some cheese and some turkey breast. I got four butterflies from the slice of cheese and I made about twice as much from the turkey. Then I put some Ritz crackers in a snack size baggie (so the moisture from the meat and cheese didn’t make them soggy, added a juice box and… voila! a home-made Lunchable. I figure it cost me 75 cents or less for all of it.
The verdict? She loved it and has asked me to pack that for her every day since then.