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!!”
- 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
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!
- 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!