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Simple Lunch Tweaks for Kids and Grownups

July 05, 2016
It’s a daunting task to make and pack lunch for the whole family every day of the week. Especially since kids can sometimes get picky about what they eat. But you don’t have to dumb down your lunch, or sacrifice what you like. Here are 3 lunches that are easily tweaked to be either more kid-friendly, or more grown-up.

Cauliflower Two Ways

Simple Lunch Tweaks for Kids and Grownups

Cauliflower rice is all the rage these days as a simple, low-carb rice replacement. But let’s be honest, you’re not fooling kids with this one. To make this veggie work for both you and the little ones, use your “rice” as a healthy side, and transform the rest into fun and tasty cauliflower nuggets.

Pro Tip: This is one of several ways you can sneak more veggies into your kids’ diets.

Deconstructed Chicken Salad

Simple Lunch Tweaks for Kids and Grownups

There’s just something so simple and tasty about a classic chicken salad for lunch. It’s also a great basic recipe that can be made more sophisticated with fresh herbs and zesty mayo, or cut up into more kid-friendly bite-size pieces of chicken, with grapes and creamy dipping sauce on the side.

Pro Tip: For younger children, shred the chicken and cut the grapes into small bites. 


Say Mac ‘N Cheese!

Simple Lunch Tweaks for Kids and Grownups
You’re never too old for mac ‘n cheese - it’s just all in how you prepare it. For an adult version, add a more sophisticated cheese like brie or gruyere. Or kick the flavor up a notch with pimentos, like this recipe. Make kids these super simple mac ‘n cheese bites they can eat with their hands:
Simple Lunch Tweaks for Kids and Grownups

1. Take prepared mac ‘n cheese and add one egg yolk, and mix it together. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin, scoop and fill each cup with the mac ‘n cheese.

2. Bake the cups at 400°F for 10-15 minutes, until the edges brown.

3. These bites keep well in the freezer, so prepare a big batch and store them in individual Ziploc® brand bags in the freezer. Simply thaw in fridge and reheat in the morning. 

Simple Lunch Tweaks for Kids and Grownups

Quick Tips:

  • Kids like finger-foods, so if you can make them something they can eat with their hands, they’ll eat it.
  • Try cutting their foods into shapes using various cookie cutters. Have some fun!
  • For your meals, think fast and flavorful add-ins/mix-ins.
  • Kick your version up a notch with hot sauce.