Summer is sweeping by way too fast. Before you know it the school shopping with begin, backpacks will start getting filled and school lunches will start getting packed.
Speaking of school lunches getting packed…we challenge you to build a better school lunch. It doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming. Step away from the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich and try some new and unique lunch ideas.
Check out just a few great options with this school lunch ideas list we have created for you. Select one option from each category and you are set. This will ensure your child has a full stomach, a smile on their face and energy to learn & grow.
The school bell will, once again, be ringing soon and that means packing a morning lunch for your hungry student. The challenge is likely the same as last year. What meal will be both delicious and nutritious? (After all, you don’t want your handmade fruit kabobs being traded for crème-filled snack cakes.)
A solution many parents are using with great success takes a cue from traditional Japanese bento boxes. In its most fundamental form, a bento box is a small, compartmentalized container used for holding food. Bento boxes traditionally include a fish or meat, rice and vegetables. However, the many compartments make creativity easy.
Beyond the wonderful artistic presentation, bento boxes offer health benefits including portion control and well-balanced meals. Reusable containers also cut down on waste from sandwich and snack wrappers. Any way you pack it, this fun alternative to peanut butter and jelly is perfect for fussy eaters who prefer food groups remain separate as well as more adventurous eaters who thrive on unique dining experiences.
To achieve the full benefit of a bento box, balance your meal with vegetables, protein and starch. You can also add dairy and fruit to the mix depending on dietary needs. Remember that cookie cutters turn ordinary bread and fruit into smiling faces, butterflies and more. Use olives or grapes for eyes and slivers of red pepper for smiley faces. The options are truly endless. Plus, if last night’s meat balls were a crowd-pleaser, bento boxes are a great way to use leftovers. (Just remember to refrigerate as needed.) Remember kids should eat every color of the rainbow throughout the day to ensure their nutritional needs are met.
Finally, don’t think of bento boxes as merely child’s play. A bento box lunch is the perfect solution to satisfy adult-sized hunger at the office as well.
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup coarse ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup ground jalapeno powder
- 3 tablespoons fine grind sea salt
- 1 teaspoon celery salt
- 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- 1/4 cup clover honey
- 1/4 cup apple jelly
- 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
- 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- 2 rack Smithfield Prime Pork Back Ribs (membrane removed if desired)
- 1 handful hickory or apple wood chips for smoking, soaked in water and drained(optional)
- About one hour before smoking, make the dry rub. Combine all ingredients in small bowl; mix well. Rub a light amount of oil on both sides of ribs and sprinkle a light coating of rub on both sides; let stand for 5-10 minutes at room temperature. Once the first layer of rub turns wet from the meat, generously coat both sides of ribs with additional rub. Set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, make the sauce. Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes until slightly thickened, stirring frequently. Cool to room temperature; cover and refrigerate.
- Heat charcoal grill using Kingsford Charcoal for indirect cooking at 250 F to 300 F. Add drained wood chips if using.
- Place the ribs, meaty side up, over a drip pan and cook for 2 hours. Add about 12 coals to the charcoal grill every 45 minutes or so to maintain the heat.
- Continue cooking ribs for 1-2 hours more over indirect heat, until very tender. Add more coals as needed to maintain temperature for a charcoal grill.
- Place ribs over direct heat on grill and brush with sauce. Cook for about 5 minutes until the sauce is set. Turn ribs and repeat with more sauce.
- Serve ribs with remaining sauce.
Makes 2-4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes + 40 minutes stand time
Cook time: 3-4 hours
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