Our kids have been back in school for weeks now and I’m having so much fun coming up with fun and exciting lunches for them. One thing I find fun is to create something truly unique, that when my kiddos go to eat it they are excited. They will be more likely to try new flavors and textures too so having fun with lunch is something I like to do.
Olives are one of those foods that are great for the lunch box. Add to pasta for a flavorful lunchbox cold pasta or create a face easily for some added fun! Olives provide texture and flavor and my girls love seeing them in their lunch boxes.
We purchase California Black Ripe Olives and can always count on California olives for flavor! I’ll admit that the extra large are always a favorite finger food for our girls!
Easy Halloween Lunch Idea
As a large family we often buy fruits and vegetables as they come in season. As we head into fall we see a lot more yams and sweet potatoes on our plates. An easy whipped yam stays nicely in a lunchbox and still tastes great by lunch.
Using flat bread you can easily cut a face for a fun sandwich. I like using unique breads for flavor and they turn an ordinary sandwich into something extraordinary.
I also made a split pea hummus which is something I learned from Chef Gale Gand. 1/2 a bag of frozen organic split peas, 1/4 cup olive oil, 6 mint leaves, salt and pepper all mixed together in a food processor. I topped the monster face sandwich for a flavorful topping. Add a cut California Ripe Olive for fun eyes!
Olives also make for great eyeballs for Halloween, lets face it kids love to imagine to play with their food. Nothing says Halloween or gross like yummy eyeballs in their lunch boxes so why not have some fun with it? I added some chopped olives to the grapes for added fun.
A fun and spooky sweet potato whip with olive face and broccoli on top. There’s a banana for hair with some candy corn sticking up. Extra olives on the side for little monster fingers just adds to the fun for this Halloween theme lunch idea.
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How are you creating fun lunch boxes this school year?
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