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Five days of food to tempt children's palates

It's nearly the end of the school year. Are you running out of healthful lunch ideas for your youngster? Worried about what to send for lunch at day camp? Try a week's worth of suggestions from chef-restaurateur and mother of three Gale Gand. The recipes she's referring to are in Food for Thought: From Parents to Children, a booklet of nutritious recipes collected by the Wheat Foods Council (see box for ordering information):


Pita Pizzas (from the booklet; with tomato sauce, domestic mozzarella cheese and vegetables of your choice such as green pepper, broccoli, zucchini)

Black olives (enough to wear on their fingers; include illustration instructions in lunch box if necessary)

Fruit skewers made with canned or fresh pineapple chunks, green grapes and mandarin orange segments on toothpicks


Turkey Wraps (from the booklet; with romaine lettuce, roasted red bell peppers, tomato and balsamic vinaigrette)

Pineapple-dressed fruit salad: bananas, strawberries cut up and tossed with pineapple juice (from the canned pineapple used in the Day 1 Fruit Skewers)

Parmesan Popcorn: popcorn, melted unsalted butter, Parmesan cheese, black pepper


Wheat Berry Tuna Salad (from the booklet; with celery, tomatoes, cucumber, hard-cooked egg, canned tuna, cooked wheat berries — you may have to make and Italian dressing)

Fruit yogurt with a granola bar to crumble into it


Chicken pot stickers




Crazy Sandwich, made with 1 piece white bread, 1 piece whole wheat bread, jam, low-fat cream cheese (or peanut butter if allowed). Cut in quarters; flip the 2 opposite-corner pieces to make a checkerboard sandwich

Veggie dip, with baby-cut carrots, snap peas and a low-fat dip

Clementines pre-peeled if desired (or another fresh in-season fruit)


Ham Roll Ups: low-sodium or no-MSG ham rolled around 2-inch sections of low-fat string cheese (bicolored, if you like), secured with a toothpick

Whole-grain crackers

Apple slices

The cookbook is $3.50 and a portion of the proceeds goes to Spoons Across America, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating children, teachers and families about the benefits of healthy eating. For a sneak peek at the cookbook and to order, go to

Five days of food to tempt children's palates 05/21/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 12:09pm]
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