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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2008 12:42 pm    Post subject: Make your own Lunchables! Reply with quote

With special thanks to The Frugal Mom (Wendy)

Do your kids beg for Lunchables?

Do you want to make them happy while avoiding the extra cost and the extra high fructose corn syrup? Here is your answer!

Make your own! I like to call them "Love-ables" or "Mom-ables".

The kids just call them fun and delicious! Here is how you can make your own healthy pizza-style Lunchable:

First, toast whole wheat bread until golden brown. Then use a large cookie cutter (you can get a whole set of great shapes at The Dollar Tree for $1) to cut out your pizza crusts.

As you can see, they end up being about the same size as the Lunchable, but cuter and healthier.
Next, put your favorite spaghetti sauce into a small lidded container. (I used Rubbermaid TakeAlongs.)

Include a spoon in the lunch box to spread on the sauce. Kids will have a blast with this!

Once the sauce is spread, they can open another container to add the shredded mozzarella cheese. I like the "chef-style" because it is larger and easier to handle. The "fancy" type is so small they will end up dropping half of it before it makes it to the pizza.

Last of all, include a few slices of turkey pepperoni for the top. It adds more protein, and it tastes so much better than just the cheese and sauce.

Once you have compiled all your pizza ingredients, I like to add a snack-size bag of M&M's or a Hershey's Kiss as a dessert.

Another special surprise that all kids enjoy is a note from you.

If they are too young to read, you might just draw a heart with their name in it.

If they are older, a sweet note or a knock-knock joke can brighten their day.

To cut down on waste, you might invest in a cute reusable sport bottle instead of opting for a juice box.

Be sure to include a napkin and a cold pack!

Most Lunchables cost around $2.50 each. You can make your own for a fraction of the price!
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