Just like adults, kids LOVE charcuterie and cheese boards. Our son loves them so much that we started packing him a charcuterie box to take to school to help me clean out the bits and bobs from the pantry and fridge. This particular one has a rogue strawberry, some crackers from the bottom of the box, nuts, raw veggies with that last spoonful of hummus in the fridge, and a little chocolate square from our candy box.
Literally anything goes here and the sky is the limit. Often times I use lunches like these as a way to also introduce new foods to our son because I find that he is more likely to take a nibble and try something new from the lunch box than he is at the kitchen table when we are all watching him.
No need for a recipe here folks, this one is all you and is inspired by the items that you keep stocked in your house, but here are a few serving suggestions to get you started.
Dairy || cheese sticks, Baby Bell wheels of cheese, thick slices of cheddar, Swiss, Tuscano, prosciutto wrapped mozzarella, mini goat cheese rounds
Fruit || cherries, raspberries, strawberries, apple slices coated in lemon water, grape clusters, blackberries, dried fruits like apricots, mango, raisins, craisins, yogurt covered raisins, dates, prunes, mandarin segments
Raw Vegetables || carrots, broccoli, celery, cucumber slices, radish slices, bell peppers, thinly sliced zucchini
Cooked Vegetables || corn on the cob, steamed baby carrots, steamed/roasted cauliflower or broccoli, roasted sweet potato wedges, roasted fingerling potatoes, lima beans without broth, steamed edamame in pods, steamed peas
Meat || sliced lunch meat, prosciutto, pepperoni slices, salami rounds or sticks, grilled chicken slices, meatballs
Crunch Factor || crackers, potato chips, shoestring potatoes, crispy freeze dried fruit and vegetables, nuts, rice cakes, bagel chips, pretzels, crispy tortillas.
Sweet Treats || chocolate, small cookies, marshmallows, gummies, nut brittle, chocolate covered almonds, mini peanut butter cups. If you like to bake these healthy chocolate chip cookies would be great too!
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