CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) - Fresh, healthy lunches using local ingredients will not only help your kids to feel good and focus in school, but will also make all of the other kids at the lunch table really jealous! Devon Whitney-Deal from CISA and Local Cookbook Author Deanna Cook joined us to share some healthy lunch ideas!
Sandwich on a Stick
- Toothpicks or skewers
- Cooked ham, cubed
- Lettuce leaves
- Whole grain bread, cubed
- Cheddar or other cheese, cubed
- Cherry tomatoes
- Small dill pickles, optional
- Ranch dressing or mustard (for dipping)
- Cube the bread, cheese, and cooked meats.
- Thread the toothpicks or skewers with the meat, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes and pickles.
- Serve with Ranch dressing or mustard for dipping.
- 3 eggs
- 3 tablespoons milk
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons chopped cooked ham
- 1 tablespoon chopped tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon chopped green pepper
- 2 basil leaves, chopped
- In a large measuring cup, crack the eggs and whisk them well.
- Mix in the milk and salt.
- Line the bottoms of a mini muffin tin with paper liners.
- Spray lightly with cooking oil to prevent sticking.
- Fill each cup with a bit of chopped ham, green peppers, tomatoes, and basil. Top with the grated cheese.
- Pour the egg mixture over the fillings.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes. Makes 12.
Peach Fruit Leather
- 5 ripe peaches
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Preheat the oven to 200*. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Pit and slice the peaches (you can leave the skins on).
- Place in the bowl of a food processor. Add the honey and process until as smooth as applesauce.
- Pour the fruit over the parchment paper. Evenly spread with the back of a spoon into a thin, large rectangle.
- Bake for 3 to 4 hours until the fruit feels dry and no longer sticky.
- Cool for 2 to 3 hours to soften.
- Peel the fruit leather off the parchment paper and transfer to a cutting board.
- Cut with a pizza cutter into strips.
- To store, roll up each ribbon into plastic wrap.
Makes about 12 to 14 pieces.
Local Hero Challenge
Are your kids getting creative in the kitchen? They can be a part of the local hero challenge, a cooking contest for kids! Visit BuyLocalFood.org for more information!