Lunch for a Princess

>> Monday, April 11, 2011

Do you ever get in a rut when you prepare food for your child?  Make the same things over and over again or go to the foods that are supposed to be "kid friendly"?  I'm certainly guilty of doing that.  I have my go-to lunches for my daughter - like spaghetti and PB&J.  Fortunately, she likes to remind me to think outside of the kid-friendly box sometimes.

I've inadvertently found that one of the best ways to get my children to try new foods is to simply to eat the food myself.  That's precisely how I discovered one of my daughter's very favorite lunches - a wrap with a generous smear of goat cheese, roasted red peppers, sliced sweet onion, and tomato.  I was enjoying a wrap of this very description one day when my princess said she wanted a bite...and then ate my whole wrap.  She generally does not care for raw onion (or roasted red peppers for that matter), but in this wrap, she loves the "crunchy bits."  Now I send this wrap for school lunch quite often.

If all else fails, I can depend on her drinking a smoothie for lunch.  And why not?  Packed with fruit and a little punch of protein, the smoothies we make for her are a smart and fun lunch, and again, a lunch that she stole from my husband who is also a smoothie fiend. 

Don't be afraid to challenge your child's taste buds.  They just might surprise you!  What's your favorite non-traditional lunch to serve your child?

A wrap is always better with a fancy toothpick holding it together on a fun plate.
 Princess Wrap

1 small flour tortilla
soft goat cheese
jarred roasted red pepper
sliced tomato
sliced sweet onion

Smear goat cheese down center of tortilla and top with remaining ingredients.  Roll and eat.

Watch the ingredients in the tortillas!  Many brands use hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils in their tortillas.

Princess Smoothie

1 banana
1 cup frozen strawberries (thaw a little before blending - 45 sec in microwave does a good job)
1 cup milk (dairy, soy, almond, or coconut)
1 spoonful of peanut butter
a squeeze of chocolate syrup

Place all in a blender and blend until smooth.  Makes 2-3 servings

Add a little tofu to make the smoothie extra creamy and add an extra big punch of protein.

18 comments:

Jen April 11, 2011 at 10:14 AM  

I have sent my son to pre-K with homemade soups (butternut squash, split pea, 15-bean). He really likes Indian butter chicken, and that was his lunch today. I'm just happy he has such diverse tastes!

francesca @ oral hcg April 12, 2011 at 5:13 AM  

Wow, this is a very useful post. This is healthy for the kids knowing that some kids are sometimes very choosy when it comes to food. :) Thanks for sharing the recipe. :D

Torque Wrench April 13, 2011 at 8:32 AM  

Its always advisable to add fun flavors to the menu so that kids will be more interested to taste and eat rather than be picky in everything, I did mine with a super man plate with matching fork and spoon this really helps a lot

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MizFit April 25, 2011 at 3:07 AM  

IM SOOOO IN FOR THIS.

thank you.

Sagan April 28, 2011 at 2:44 PM  

That is SO cute. And you have the coolest daughter ever - that's awesome that she'll eat roasted red peppers, raw onions and goat cheese!

It's so important to constantly try new foods, especially for kids... tastebuds can change :)

Grumpy Grateful Mom May 6, 2011 at 2:25 PM  

I am definitely in a food making rut. Thanks for motivation. I haven't push my kids hard enough to try new things. That smoothie looks delicious!

Out of the Box Food May 17, 2011 at 12:16 PM  

That's a great lunch box idea! My boys love goat cheese so we'll have to give it a try!

bed wetting alarm June 26, 2011 at 12:18 AM  

children follow their parents if one wants his children to eat most of the health giving thing then firstly he should do it himself because human being is the biggest imitator and according to one experiment performed by the experts on children of monkeys and human beings human children was proved to be more imitator.so if you want your child to do something you have to do it before him.

xl pharmacy October 27, 2011 at 12:31 PM  

haha really cool, i love wraps i usually make them with some salad and chicken and some ketchup, is really delicious and easy made, thanks for the recipe.

Eunice January 1, 2012 at 9:54 PM  

Good information! Thanks for sharing it with us on your blog.

Myra January 22, 2012 at 9:08 PM  

Another nice post.......thanks for sharing.

Debbie Jackson April 18, 2013 at 1:54 AM  

What a great lunch box idea. We as a family like to have wraps with chicken and sweet chili sauce in. Yummy x

John Grey May 7, 2013 at 4:52 AM  
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John Grey May 7, 2013 at 4:54 AM  

nom nom nom!

looks tasty ! I would like to try it!
Nice post!

Plagiarism cheker

Sammy May 8, 2013 at 6:23 AM  

Great little tip especially for us mommies in a rush. You could even make a weeks worth and freeze them, take 1 out every night and it will be fresh for lunch the next day.

Sarah May 13, 2013 at 1:29 AM  

Thanks for the tip. Looks easy to follow.

Advanced Tost O Boost November 4, 2013 at 1:54 AM  

Very helpful. Thank for sharing this. My princess will also love them. x

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