Friday, September 18, 2009

Egg Carton Lunches

I went to a friend's house for a church planning meeting recently, and she had us stay for lunch. "We'll make the kids egg carton lunches!" she told me, as if everyone knew what this meant. I figured it out quickly but would never have thought of it on my own, and that's the kind of thing to post on the blog.

She'd been saving egg cartons for awhile for this event. Instead of the typical plate, each kid got an egg carton for lunch. In each egg holder was some different food item that was small enough to fit. Granted, we did not strive to fill them with the healthiest foods on earth - after all, it cancels the fun if the food inside is unappealing - but we did OK.

Top: peanut butter pretzels, cheese, Craisins, clementine, apple, goldfish
Middle: strawberry, mini muffin, fruit snacks, strawberry, clementine, chocolate raisins
Bottom: jelly beans, apple, Teddy Grahams, marshmallows, peanut butter pretzels, chocolate chips

They were a hit with the kids, with something for everyone and the marshmallows disappearing first. There was even some trading - jelly beans for goldfish, etc. I think it was most popular with Jayda, the 1-year-old. She would eat something, close it up, shake it happily, open it, eat something, repeat. Adorable, fairly contained, and smile-evoking. A keeper idea!

10 comments:

Shells said...

I remember seeing this idea in a magazine in the past and thinking, cool idea, and then promptly forgetting it. Thanks for sharing it.

Disco Mom said...

This would be fun for a picnic, too, even if it's just a back porch picnic. Or a living room picnic. FHE anyone?

Our family said...

Yes, it's super fun for picnics! They travel well and the kids will eat them anywhere!

esodhiambo said...

Fun fun fun! Thanks for sharing.

-Sydney- said...

Am I the only one that thought "salmonella!" when I saw food in the egg cartons? Is that not a worry?

Disco Mom said...

Yeah, Sydney, I think you're the only one. Guess you could get styrofoam cartons and wash them well. Or do mini muffin or ice cube trays.

-Sydney- said...

I got uber-paranoid about eggs when I lived in the UAE. They stored them at room temperature in the store and they'd often have feathers and . . other stuff. . .stuck to the eggs. I can't even touch an egg now without washing my hands immediately after! I'll probably have to stick to muffin tins or I'd worry myself into thinking I had food poisoning :)

Jenifuz said...

what a cool idea!

Anonymous said...

I now have a stack of egg cartons at the ready :) Cute idea!

-Erin Hoadley Riutort

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