2009-10-05

Mini Meatball and Fruit Kebab Lunchbox

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This may be The Kid's favorite lunch yet! After watching Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, The Kid was thrilled to help me make spaghetti and meatballs and I finally had a chance to use the bone shaped food picks I've had squirreled away since last year. They're so cute I may end up making meatballs regularly just to have leftovers for lunches!
Everything tastes better on a stick, so I made some lovely fresh fruit into kebabs. Of course, giving my child a pointy skewer isn't the best of ideas, so I cut colored straws to length, then poked holes in the grapes with a chopstick and slid the grapes onto them with watermelon and pineapple, which didn't require pre-drilling. (Just squeeze the straw towards the end like a tube of toothpaste to remove the fruit that ends up inside.)
To round out the meal I packed a corn muffin smeared with honey. (Note to self, next time make mini muffins, which will pack better.) On the side are juice and a Barosaurus sticker. I'm sharing this lunch awesomeness with Margot of Coffee & Vanilla for her not to be missed monthly Wholesome Lunchbox event on the 15th of each month.

8 comments:

Alisa - frugal foodie said...

Oh my goodness, those bones are too cute!

Jamie said...

I love the straw kebab idea!! thanks! I've always wondered and maybe you can answer this...does he then eat the meatballs cold?

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Beautiful :) Thank you for your entry, I will post round-up in couple of days.

Marie said...

I nominated you for a lemonade award. In my blog post at http://allaccesspasstojack.blogspot.com/2009/10/making-lemonade.html, I explain that I nominated "The Allergic Kid for sharing all those recipes and awareness of food allergies but mostly for challenging me to keep my kids lunch at least semi-interesting!"

Speedbump Kitchen said...

I have those same bone toothpicks too! I need to get out of this sandwich, chips, apple and golden oreo rut we're in. Thanks for the heads up on the CWACOM, my girls love reading that book, so the movie seemed like a no-brainer...but I think we'll wait until DVD so pausing is possible. Why on earth did they have to include an allergy storyline? Weird. Why not add a celiac kid bloated and sick from the pasta and a diabetic kid in ketoacidotic coma from the sugar.

Jen said...

I just found your blog and love your lunch ideas! You ahve inspired me to make more interesting lunches for my son.

Libby said...

Jamie, sorry for the belated answer to your question! My son does eat the meatballs cold. (Think of a meatloaf sandwich, and it won't seem so strange!) Ground turkey doesn't seem to get nasty cold greasies like ground beef, so as long as my son likes it and I can make sure it's not a food poisoning risk due to temperature, I'll keep sending the meatballs and turkey burgers.

Emilia R. said...

This is the most suitable lunch box that I can give to my hubby as well as my kids while they are in office or school. Thanks a lot for sharing this healthy recipe.