One night, as I was sitting on my front porch drinking a verrrrrryyyyy small third glass of wine while trying to convince myself that I didn't need to be on Instagram for two hours straight, I realized the reason I love it so much was because the platform made it so easy to follow people from all around the world that you know nothing about and become friends with them. It feels like an insta-community, if you will. I want to bring that same community feel to my blog - your blog. A community of ideas and recipes where the main goal is to provide healthy, fun and nutritious food to our babies, toddlers and kids! So I emailed some of my favorite bloggers and instagrammers and away we go. But before I present our first guest, let me ask you - who's blog do your read or who do you follow on Instagram that inspires you to make delicious baby and toddler food? Who do you want to see on this site? Let me know, and I'll try to get them to do a couple of posts!
So first up, Debbie from Lunching Daily! Not only does Debbie have 3 kids herself (ages 20, 17 and 12) she also watches 5 kids ages 1-3 during the school year because one of their parents is a teacher! That means Debbie has been making kids lunches for over 20 years... she knows the ropes! But that doesn't mean that her lunches and snacks are old school, not at all! They are easy, fun and tasty! Her recipes (and photography layouts) are approachable yet filled with healthy and colorful ingredients! I mean hellllllooooo yummy celery dips, such a fun way to make celery exciting again!! Welcome Debbie to our little foode team! And if you noticed from the title, this is her 99th post of 1 Lunch + 2 Snacks, so you have lots of past posts to look through for even more inspiration! Score!!!
Hi there, my name is Debbie Comish, I’m not a chef or even an amazing cook, but I am a mother to 3 great kids and have been a daycare provider to many, and I know lunch.
Between my own children and the sweetest bunch of daycare children, our house is filled with kids all the time. And those kids need to be fed. Keeping it healthy, fun and simple is my goal. And this is where I share how we manage it all.
I also enjoy crafting + diy projects, photography and celebrating with family and friends. If it’s fun, crafty and has anything to do with lunch you just might find it here.
Lunch is part of our everyday, so here’s to making it a delicious experience.
1 Lunch + 2 Snacks is where I share the healthy, kid friendly lunch and snacks, that I serve the kids Monday to Friday, along with a few tips & tricks thrown in here and there. For more posts in this series click here. If you would like to see my lunch and snack ideas in real time, you can follow me on Instagram where I post them as they happen:)
LUNCH – Homemade Sloppy Joes
To make these easy Homemade Sloppy Joes, I used 2 cups of Classic Tomato Sauce, that I had left over from another meal, where I had doubled the basil and oregano to make a more flavourful sauce. I simply browned 1/2 pound of ground beef, drained it, added the 2 cups of sauce and heated it through.
I topped whole wheat dinner rolls, cut in half, with the sloppy joe mixture, some shredded Monterrey pepper jack cheese and arugula and then served the sloppy joes with tri-coloured pepper sticks on the side. The peppers could also be chopped and added right to the sloppy joe mixture.
Sometimes when I’m serving something new to the kids I keep some foods separated out, like here with the peppers. Depending on the reaction I get from the kids, I might mix them together when serving it another time. For example, if everyone ate the peppers or if the kids dipped the peppers in the sauce, then the next time I would try adding them right to the sauce, but if some of the kids didn’t want to eat the peppers I would continue to serve them separately for a while.
To serve this same meal to the younger kids, I put the sloppy joe mixture in a bowl, so they can eat it with a spoon and then I serve both the bun and the peppers cut up into age appropriate size pieces, on the side.
SNACK – Peanut Butter + Apple Stick + Raisin Roll Ups
These roll ups are an easy on the go snack or lunch. They can be made up ahead of time, which makes getting out the door that much easier. Just lay out some whole wheat wraps on a work surface, spread peanut butter over the entire wrap, line up some apple sticks (cut by hand or using a mandoline) down the center, going from one side of the wrap to the other and sprinkle on some raisins and a little cinnamon. Then roll them up and wrap them individually in foil or plastic wrap and pop them into the refrigerator. I usually cut them in half or into pinwheels before packing them in a cooler or serving them at home.
Tip: To prevent the apple sticks from turning brown, soaked them in 2 cups of cold water, mixed with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, for 5-10 minutes.
SNACK – Loaded Celery Sticks – three more ways
Loaded celery sticks are a classic kids snack, but there are so many healthy and fun ways to serve them, rather than the traditional processed cheese spread. Here I used three different spreads – from left to right – Classic Egg Salad, Roasted Red Pepper Hummusand Tuna Slaw Salad. Making up a spread like one of the three I used here, at the beginning of the week, is a great way to save time making lunches and snacks. Check out some of my snack and lunch ideas using Roasted Carrot Hummus to see how helpful it can be.