Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Make Your Own Pizza Lunches!

Recently, I contributed a post on MOMables' blog, making my own healthier, fresh version of a packaged DIY pizza lunch. My girls loved my version and have been asking me to make it again just about every other day since.

Here's Bella's pizzable. She has ham, whole wheat sandwich thins for crust, marinara sauce in a little leak-proof container (lid not shown), a sweet mini pepper, shredded cheese, and a side of grapes.

Make your own pizza lunch!
Sprout & Birdie had a muffin tin version of the same thing:

DIY pizza muffin tin meal

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I overslept this morning, so we were running way behind, and I didn't have time to pack lunch for everyone or we'd be late for school. I packed Beanstalk's Lock & Lock (ham, grapes, Clif Kid Z bar & Gala apple wedges), but told Bella & Pickle to have the school hot lunch.

Tuesday is breakfast for lunch day at school - they sometimes do want that - but of course, not today. *sigh* I said I'd try to drop off some home made ones before their lunch periods, but if I didn't, to just have the school lunch.

After running some errands,  I did have time to make lunch for them. I made Bella's, then got out the peanut butter for Pickle's sandwich - but where was the bread? Sailor Boy had bought bread the day before... where could he have put it? Unfortunately he was on an airplane so I couldn't ask him. We did have hot dog buns, so I made Pickle some peanut butter dogs instead:

I dropped off Pickle's lunch in time, but I must have been confused about what time Bella went to lunch (she's at a different school) because when I got there, she was already at a table with a school lunch tray (and apparently they get to pump their own syrup, because her pancakes were swimming in a pool of it).

As soon as she saw me, Bella shoved her tray away. "Hang on," I teased, "you don't even know what I brought, how do you know it's better than what you have?" The girl next to her piped up "Anything is better than the school lunch!" The rest of the table agreed, and Bella excitedly opened her EasyLunchbox, squealing at the sight of her pizza lunch :

DIY mini pizza school lunch
Way better than Lunchables...  it's Pizzables!

I wished I could have brought lunch for her whole table :)
My friend Keeley of Keeley McGuire Blog did just that today - brought lunch for everyone  You have to read her heartwarming post - when you're done with mine of course :) Pay It Forward - Bento Blessings 

Back at home, it was Sprout & Birdie's turn to make their own mini pizzas:

DIY mini pizza muffin tin meals
Sprout piled half the shredded cheddar beside her plate right away, before spreading her sauce - she was worried her sister would eat all of it before she got any - a valid concern, Birdie's a cheese fiend!

Birdie took some ham! She rarely eats any meat - but sometimes likes ham (thanks to Ponyo!) Nobody touched the yellow pepper - not even cutting it to look like little flowers enticed them today.

After eating half her pizza, my funny little Birdie decided what it needed was a grape on top, "like a cherry".  Silly sproutlet :)

The DIY Pizza lunch that inspired today's was just one of a series of healthier lunch remakes I'm collaborating on with MOMables for our Lunchbox Wars series - a this vs that of the lunchbox.  If there's a packaged lunch you'd like to see remade,  head over to MOMables and let us know!

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  1. I love your post today! My kids had to buy lunch at school twice last week because I was sick and when I handed them lunchboxes this morning I was showered with kisses and hugs before they even knew what was inside. School lunch must be simply that bad! I love the Pizza lunch idea and must try it out one of these days! Again, great post and great lunch!

    1. Thank you! I hope you are feeling 100% now, or soon!

  2. I saw your post on MOMables and loved it! I loved it so much that I did a post of my own. I will also link back to this one when I post it. Such a great idea. My kids always beg for those pizza Lunchables (I remember loving them as a kid too) but NEVER thought to make them until I saw your post. Thank you!

    1. Thank you! Looking forward to seeing yours!

  3. I hated the pizza Lunchable. I'm not a fan of cold marinara sauce and tough chewy bread (I've found those flats one time, and they're much softer than the bleached white cardboard from Mr. O. Mayer! (Meyer?)

    1. Not a fan of cold pizza myself, in any form, but the kidlets like it, they must get that from their Dad :)

  4. I agree with the kids at school. Anything is better than a school lunch! Great job as always, Cristi! Love this idea!

  5. Ooh I can finally remake my son's favorite Lunchables :) He loves the ww sandwich thins. Little did I know I can use that as a substitute for pizza crust. Should I toast it though?

    1. I think that is up to you - mine like them as is - maybe try it out at home on and see how he likes it before sending it in a packed lunch :)


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