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27   October 25, 2011   ‹ Older     Newer ›

DIY Pizza Lunchable

Do you know how children bug you for junk food? Well, I brought home a "Lunchables" for review on this site and my kids went bonkers.

This was my post: Five Reasons To Avoid A Lunchable

My daughter, who is very persistent, begged me to buy another one because a girl in her class brings Lunchables to school. I happen to know the family that sends the Lunchable - two hard working parents - and I am not judging them at all.

BUT, I did write about avoiding "Lunchables" and since I am against them - I had to get creative to stop my children from badgering me.

I came up with the "DIY Pizza Lunchable" above and they think I am a genius - mother of the year! What I like about it is that it is super easy to make and I get to feel like Martha Stewart for a millisecond.

You need little containers (these are Glad - BPA free), pizza sauce with no added sugar, grated mozzarella cheese, and a circle of bread.

The bread is the hardest part of this lunch because you want something like a flat bread. I bought these 100% Whole Wheat Arnold Sandwich Thins - but the ingredient list is a mile long and it includes stevia.

I couldn't find any other bread at Stop & Shop that would work - so I am looking for suggestions. Perfection is overrated anyway :)

All of the food cost me about $9 for 8 DIY Lunchables - which is significantly less than the price of an Oscar Mayer Lunchables ($24) - and I get to reuse the packaging. I did add a piece of fresh fruit so that brings the price up a bit.

If you are at home, just toss this combo in your toaster oven or under your broiler for a delicious pizza snack.

How do you keep your lunch from getting dull?

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DIY Pizza Lunchable

(makes 8 lunches)
1 package 100% Whole Wheat Arnold Sandwich Thins
1 jar pizza sauce (no sugar added)
1 - 8 ounce package shredded mozzarella cheese

Put cheese and pizza sauce in small containers. Pack lunch box with bread, cheese, sauce, spoon, and napkin. Wait for your children's undying love and gratefulness when they return from school. (Don't forget to pack a piece of fruit.)

One serving with one ounce of cheese = 203 calories, 6.9 g fat, 25.6 g carbohydrates, 12.9 g protein, 6.5 g fiber, 491 mg sodium, 5 Points+

Points+ values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.

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First 20 Comments: [ see all 27 ]

Regarding the bread, whole wheat pita bread is good. Usually five ingredients or less. Whole Foods and Trader Joe's have store brands. Kroger, Publix, and Walmart have Tofouyan brand.

Tamar on October 25, 2011

I like to make homemade tortillas and freeze them. They are super easy to make. Just google a basic recipe. Freeze on acookie sheet first (like pancakes) then put frozen ones in storage container.

Stacey Murphy on October 25, 2011

I agree with Stacy about the tortillas.

It is also just as easy to make your own pizza crusts. Just one batch will make a ton of crusts if you are making them small. Freeze and pull one out when you're ready. This is how I make individual pizzas, without going through the hassle of making the crusts every single time.

Cristina @ An Organic Wife on October 25, 2011

@Stacey - why didn't I think of that? I should follow my own advice here - http://www.snack-girl.com/snack/homemade-whole-wheat-tortillas/

@Cristina - great idea to make your own small crusts - going to try that! THANKS!

Snack Girl on October 25, 2011

My question..I think the "cool" factor for my kid is the packaging...How do I package it "cool"..maybe I buy 1 lunchable and keep the tray? Also any ideas on DIY Yogurt tubes? What can I use for the tubes?

gail on October 25, 2011

My kids love to make these on an English muffin. This is one of our favorite lunches!

Lori on October 25, 2011

I suggest the bagel "THINS" they are 3 points for a whole bagel and are wonderful !

Pam on October 25, 2011

I LOVE these sandwich thins!! It's all we use at home now, they toast up well, you can make grilled cheese with them...everything! I use Earth Grains, which has a much shorter list than most of the other brands (including Arnolds) including no Sucralose.

PattiR on October 25, 2011

I think this is a great idea! I am going to use cookie cutters with my bread, just to make it a little more fun for the kids.

Tina on October 25, 2011

Wait, kids will eat this COLD????

gladys ditroia on October 25, 2011

@Gladys - yes, it shocked me as well - but my kids likes this cold. Have you seen the packaged lunchables in the deli case? They have pizza ones just like this. Crazy!

Snack Girl on October 25, 2011

I use whole wheat english muffins. Sometimes whole wheat mini bagels.

I use the mini bagels to make DIY pizza bagels to replace those frozen pizza bagels snack things.

Nisha on October 25, 2011

They sell reusable compartmentalized containers that make it look much more like the "real thing"....

Also, you can take bread and a biscuit cutter to cut out the circles, then roll it with a rolling pin to get a flat but not-as-chewy-as-a-tortilla "crust." I throw the crusts into a baggie in the freezer for whenever I need breadcrumbs, so there's no waste.

Phoebe on October 25, 2011

** the crusts I throw in the freezer are the scraps after cutting the circles, of course -- I don't think I was clear :)

Phoebe on October 25, 2011

If you want to keep with a cracker theme like lunchables. You could also use Ak-mak whole wheat crackers..they are great and only 5 ingredients,

Trader Joe's has them the cheapest but they can be found in any supermarket.

http://www.akmakbakeries.com/

Tiffany on October 25, 2011

@Gail: I got some silicone (BPA free) smoothie type holders from Amazon that I send frozen yogurt type smoothies in my son's lunch with. They start out frozen, but by lunch, they are a smoothie consistency. They are washable, reusable, come in multiple colors - & they have caps so nothing leaks. (well, hardly ever!) You might try that over they "Gogurt" brand of lengthy ingredients. I take plain greek yogurt, throw in some fruit or juice, blend it & pour into the holders & freeze. He loves them!

Shari on October 25, 2011

I have done something similar using the Flat-Out Foldable flatbreads. I cut itbin half and end up with 2 oval shaped breads.

Julie on October 25, 2011

Great idea, I never thought about it and I actually buy those cheese pizza ones for my daughter as she loves them, but yes they are way too expensive.

Kari on October 26, 2011

This may be a silly question, but isn't Stevia good for you? I thought that it was a healthy alternative to sugar?

Michelle Kaplan on October 26, 2011

@Michelle - that is not a stupid question. I have written about stevia here:
http://www.snack-girl.com/snack/stevia-truvia-purevia-safe/
I am personally not a fan - but plenty of people like it.

Snack Girl on October 26, 2011

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