Hot dogs on a stick. Pork chops on a stick. Chocolate covered cookies and cream on a stick. These were just a few of the 50 foods available on a stick when I went to the Iowa State Fair a couple of weeks ago.
Why so many foods on a stick? Because everything tastes better on a stick!
Next week I will be packing lunches for the first time in several years as my kids head back to school. I decided to take a hint from the Iowa State Fair and create some school lunch…on a stick!
School Lunch on a Stick
I love the idea of school lunch on a stick, because you can easily make a creative lunch from just about anything. I went to Walmart and picked up a variety of lunchmeat, cheese, fruit, and vegetables and went to work. I came up with three creative skewer lunches, but the possibilities really are endless.
BLT Lunch on a Stick
I love a traditional BLT, so I figured the kids would love a BLT on a stick. For added nutrition, I decided to make it a BLTA – with avocado. Just cook up some bacon until it’s edible, but still pliable. Roll up the bacon and slide onto a skewer, along with sliced avocado, cherry or grape tomatoes, and rolled lettuce leaves.
Send the BLT on a stick to school with a side of ranch for the lettuce and tomato. Or maybe send crackers, so your kids can make mini-sandwiches. Or, if your kids are like mine, they’ll just eat the ingredients one by one off the skewer.
Ham and Swiss Lunch on a Stick
Who doesn’t love a great ham and swiss sandwich? That was the inspiration behind this sandwich on a stick. On a skewer, alternate cubed french bread, rolled deli ham, cubed swiss cheese, grapes, and red pears.
Add some veggies on the side, and this combination provides food from each of the food groups.
Salami Lunch on a Stick
My kids love salami, so I thought I’d pair it with a great Chipotle Cheese I found at Walmart. Though it was a good idea, the cheese was a little too crumbly to stay on the skewer. However, that’s what I love most about lunch on a stick – it’s very versatile, and you can adjust as you go.
Since the cheese didn’t work out, I paired the salami with grape tomatoes and lettuce. Then I served the cheese cubes on the side. Cheese cubes are almost as fun as lunch on a stick. It’s a win-win situation!
Once you have your main course skewer packed in the lunchbox (I’ve found that wrapping it tightly in Saran Wrap is the best way to go), add a couple of sides and a drink, and your kids will have a healthy lunch that takes all of five minutes to create. Easy sides include yogurt, baby carrots with ranch dip, and fruit (take a few seconds to draw a face on a banana for extra fun). You could also pack crackers, in case the kids want to make mini cracker sandwiches as they take their meat and veggies off the skewer.
Need More School Lunch Ideas?
While at Walmart headquarters earlier this summer, the Walmart Moms were introduced to several fun ways to make a school lunch. Putting lunch on a skewer was just one of those ideas. For a few more ideas, be sure to visit the blogs of my fellow Walmart Moms.
Need even more school lunch ideas? Be sure to follow my School Lunch Pinterest Board.
This post is linked at Create with Joy.