Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Fun and Simple St. Patrick's Day School Lunches

Fun AND Simple St. Patrick's Day School Lunch Ideas!
St. Patrick's day is TOMORROW! March is flying by! I say it every year, but the month of March is one of our favorite months in our family. It is Eliana's birthday month (She just turned EIGHT on Monday!!! I seriously cannot believe I have an eight year old!) and since she was due on St. Patrick's Day we tend to go all out for the holiday!

These lunches were simple to make and Eliana LOVED them all! I love making fun lunches especially around holidays. I know she enjoys opening up her lunchbox and seeing her fun lunch. All of these lunches are simple to make with little to no cookie cutters or special lunch tools. I really only used one shamrock cookie cutter and some heart cutters, but even then you could use what you have in your house and either cut out the shapes with a knife or scissors. All of these lunches were also packed in our Planetbox Rover Lunchbox.

You can see our fun St. Patrick's Day School lunches from previous years HERE and HERE.

Shamrock Lunch:
This lunch was so simple to make! Eliana had popcorn (We love Skinny Pop Popcorn), the Ireland Flag made out of fruit (kiwi slices, apple decorated with cucumber details, and clementine slices), a shamrock sandwich, mini cucumber slices, and Enjoy Life Foods mini chocolate chips. To make her shamrock sandwich I used a heart cutter and made three mini heart sandwiches and used a piece of bread crust for the stem.

Leprechaun Lunch:
We always enjoying making at least one Leprechaun lunch every year! Eliana had mini cucumber slices, a fruity rainbow (strawberries, clementines, pineapple, green grapes, blueberries), a Leprechaun sandwich, goldfish crackers, and Enjoy Life Foods mini chocolate chips. 

To make the Leprechaun sandwich I made her sandwich with a circle cutter (you could easily use a rim of a glass). I used a pair of scissors and knife to make his hat out of spinach tortilla, provolone and cheddar cheese. His face is cheddar cheese with mini chocolate chips. 

To make everything stay in place you can use edible "glue": a dab of honey, wowbutter or sunbutter (or any nut butter if no allergies), or cream cheese. You can also place a folded cloth napkin over the face and close it shut. For the most part the napkin will hold most of the face together, while the "glue" will hold the rest!

Leprechaun Hat Lunch:
This was one of Eliana's favorite lunches! She had rainbow bell pepper slices, cucumber and carrot rounds, a Leprechaun hat quesadilla, popcorn and a wee bit of Lucky Charms cereal. To make the Leprechaun hat I used scissors and cut the spinach tortilla. You can use a dab of honey or cream cheese to "glue" the hat details (provolone and cheddar cheese).

All Green Lunch:
In this lunch Eliana had green in every compartment! I literally threw this lunch together in minutes right before rushing to the bus stop. She had sliced Granny Smith Apple (sprinkled with Fruit-Fresh so they wouldn't brown), Green Grapes, Shamrock quesadillas made with spinach tortillas, sliced mini cucumbers and a wee bit of Lucky Charms cereal packed in her Planetbox. This lunch would be a perfect lunch for a green day lunch too!

Extra Lucky Lunch:
In this lunch I packed Eliana a Leprechaun Hat, rainbow fruit (strawberry, clementine, pineapple, kiwi and blueberries), a shamrock sandwich (made with bread and topped with a spinach tortilla), and popcorn. Inside the little green container I put some Lucky Charms cereal for extra luck :) This lunch I gave to her ON St. Patrick's Day. It was so simple and quick to make and she ate it all up!

I also sent these fun and simple Green Fruit Kebobs into Eliana's classroom for their "Green Day" snack! They absolutely loved them!
I cut kiwi and Granny Smith Apples and put them on these cute little picks that I let the kids keep. Last year I made the kebobs with green grapes too (See more detail on the kebobs HERE.) Samantha was very determined on being able to help out... and by help I mean eat and "accidentally" drop pieces to our dog ;) 

ALL of these lunches were truly simple to make without any special tools or cutters! We will also be making some healthy St. Patrick's Day snacks for tomorrow too!

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Do YOU like to make fun St. Patrick's Day lunches?

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