School Lunch Ideas Recipes

Mac and Cheese Shepherd's Pie Recipe Recipe

Mac and Cheese Shepherd's Pie Recipe

04.01.13 by Jackie

We've been experiencing rainy days in the Bay Area and I thought a little comfort food would warm us up. I couldn't decide between a shepherd's pie or mac and cheese, so I went for a combination of the two.

To keep the dish vegetarian, I prepared the bottom layer with a mixture of vegetarian protein crumble, tomatoes and onions; you could opt for regular ground beef if you prefer. Instead of topping the dish with mashed potatoes as you would in a standard shepherd's pie recipe, I added creamy mac and cheese. Needless to say, the richness of the dish was a huge hit even baby Aria asked for more!


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Caterpillar Roll (Avocado Sushi Recipe) Recipe

Caterpillar Roll (Avocado Sushi Recipe)

01.08.13 by Jackie

Lulu and I recently went to a Japanese sushi bar and enjoyed platters of delicious rolls. When I came home, I was determined to serve the same gorgeous-looking sushi for the family. I reinterpreted the caterpillar sushi with a combination of hoisin sauce and kaffir lime sauce. The caterpillar outer layer is imitated with thinly sliced avocados. Unlike most of the "fancy" sushi rolls you'll find at restaurants, this one's vegetarian.

I have to admit I was very proud of how they turned out. And to my surprise, it wasn't that complicated. Sometimes, improvisation ends up with beautiful results!

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Tomato Macaroni and Cheese Recipe Recipe

Tomato Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

07.18.12 by Jackie

My husband Lulu's little nieces from Oakland are staying with us for a week. I'm going to make their favorite dishes and we prepared a lot of fun activities so they have a memorable stay with us. This morning, we took several large baskets and they helped me pick fruits and vegetables for lunch. We gathered so many tomatoes, I decided to make tomato sauce to store for the winter. But as I was preparing mac and cheese for the children in the evening, I changed my mind and added the tomato sauce to a modified version of the kid-friendly dish. 

I spread a layer of tomato sauce at the bottom of the dish and also flavored the béchamel sauce with fire-roasted tomatoes. They impart a light sweetness and pleasant tanginess that complements the flavors of the cheese and sauce very well. So not only did I coerce the kids into going outside to do a physical activity, I also snuck some veggies into a dish they can’t resist. Pham Fatale indeed!


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Vegetable Pasta Soup Recipe (Lunch Ideas For Kids) Recipe

Vegetable Pasta Soup Recipe (Lunch Ideas For Kids)

08.22.11 by Jackie

Last night, I made vegetable pasta soup because I thought it would be nice to pack some healthy homemade soup for my munchkin’s school lunch. Pasta soup is satisfying, kid-friendly and super easy to make, and it keeps really well. I flavored the soup with fresh black eyed peas and added fun shaped pasta so it looked more playful.

In the morning, I warmed up the soup and placed it in a thermos container that would keep the black eyed pea soup hot all the way until lunchtime. I placed a little note suggesting she ask her teacher to open the thermos when it was lunchtime, so she didn't get splashed with the hot contents.


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Back to School Lunch Ideas Recipe

Back to School Lunch Ideas

08.13.11 by Jackie

It's almost the end of summer vacation for the little ones in my home. The girls have already started filling their backpacks with new school supplies in anticipation of the new year ahead.

But homework for mommies doesn't end at buying binders and erasers; we must also fill their stomachs properly if we expect them to fill their minds with knowledge. To help, I’ve listed some ideas for kids' school lunches, that are healthy, flavorful and easy to make. I hope it will get you inspired!


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