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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Back to School Week - Sandwich Shapes

First of all, for all of my Jewish readers, Happy New Year! I love, love, love Rosh Hashanah. It's so perfect that the Jewish New Year is at back to school time. It's a great time for new beginnings and starting fresh. For dinner tonight, we incorporated honey (for a sweet new year) in our chicken, with a yummy honey spiced grilled chicken recipe that was in the New York Times Magazine this past Sunday. I also made a savory noodle kugel (recipe here) and sauteed some of my CSA baby zucchini with roma tomatoes and parsley from my garden. It was a great dinner! Vivi, our au pair, provided dessert with some traditional Brazilian sweets (Brigadeiro) that she made with the kids after school.

OK, so I promised a fun lunch idea/recipe each day this week. Today I want to just talk a little bit about the sandwich shapes that I showed on the CBS2 morning show yesterday. I have frequently seen suggestions from people to cut sandwiches into fun shapes for school lunches. That said, it always seemed impractical. I hate the thought of wasting a lot of sandwich, and the typical bread size/shape doesn't allow for more than one cookie cutter shape.

As I was brainstorming ideas for the morning show, though, a light bulb went off for me. If I used a rolling pin to flatten out the bread before making the sandwich, I'd create more surface area and be able to make more than one shape with my cookie cutters. Voila! By rolling my bread, I was able to use TWO large cookie cutters, and had very little waste. The waste I DID have was quickly consumed by Max for a little snack, so I felt very frugal.

Do any of you get super creative with kids' lunches? If so, do you always get creative? I find that I usually end up losing my steam after a few weeks.

Special Announcement: I am running the Chicago Marathon on 10/10/10 in support of Healthy Schools Campaign. I am on the board of this amazing not-for-profit, and have pledged to raise $1,000. Please help me meet my goal - even $5 helps! To donate, visit my fundraising page.

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