Lunchables with a Sweet Surprise

How about cheap school lunch!
My son is in kindergarten and this morning he asked if he can have a homemade lunchable!
Of course you can!
I used the little cup that comes with NyQuil to make circles out of honey ham slices, Kraft singles (his favorite) and some ritz crackers! Just put it in a little container and good to go!
As he was in the other room putting on his shoes, he yells “moooommm don’t forget that lunchables come with a piece of candy!!”

Ingredients:

  • Sliced honey ham
  • Kraft singles or any preferred cheese slices
  • Ritz crackers or any other favorite crackers
  • Mini candies (such as M&M’s, chocolate chips, or gummy bears)
  • Optional: Baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, or cucumber slices for a healthy addition

Instructions:

1. Prepare the Ham Circles:

  • Use a small circular cutter (like the one from the NyQuil cup) to cut circles out of the honey ham slices.

2. Assemble the Lunchables:

  • Place the ham circles, Kraft singles, and Ritz crackers in a compartmentalized container or a small bento box. Arrange them neatly to resemble the classic Lunchables style.

3. Add a Sweet Surprise:

  • In a separate small section of the lunchbox, include a handful of mini candies to mimic the sweet treat that comes with store-bought Lunchables. You can use M&M’s, chocolate chips, or gummy bears based on your child’s preference.

4. Include Healthy Options (Optional):

  • If you want to balance the meal, add a section for baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, or cucumber slices. This provides a healthy touch to the lunch while keeping it colorful and appealing for your kindergarten student.

5. Pack and Go:

  • Secure the lunchbox and pack it in your child’s school bag. It’s now ready to go!

Optional Tips:

  • If your child prefers different types of meat (such as turkey or chicken), feel free to substitute the honey ham with their favorite deli meat.
  • To make it more interactive and fun, you can let your child assemble their own Lunchables at home. Provide them with the ingredients and let them create their personalized combinations.
  • If your child has dietary restrictions or allergies, you can easily customize the ingredients to fit their needs. There are various dairy-free cheese alternatives and gluten-free crackers available in stores.
  • Encourage your child to drink water or a healthy beverage alongside their lunch to stay hydrated throughout the school day.

This DIY Lunchables recipe provides a creative, affordable, and personalized alternative to store-bought versions, making both you and your kindergarten student happy!

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