Do you ever sit down and wonder, "Why didn't I think of that?", or "If only I would have done something with that idea!" I do that all the time. My problem is I am too practical. If I can't see myself spending money on it, I wouldn't expect someone else too. BUT...It happens everyday! Just sit down and watch a commercial. Some of that stuff, I wonder who in their right mind buys it. Well, someone does buy it, or their wouldn't be a commercial. American's waste more money on the next gimmick, than anything else!
There are a lot of these gimmicks in the grocery store. Already prepped foods, that are really just expensive versions of the real thing. Ore Ida Steam and Mash potatoes is a good example that comes to mind. $4 for a bag of potatoes that are already peeled, that you still have to cook and mash. When you could go to the produce department and buy 5 lbs of potatoes for $2.50! I just don't understand how people are OK to throw their money away like that.
With school either starting or just around the corner the kiddos are seeing the commercials for all the new lunchbox snacks and treats. One that has been around for a long time is the Lunch-able. I understand that they are cool, but have you seen the small amount of food in those things. They cost a couple dollars a piece. Well, today we are making our own Shortcut-ables that are going to have more food, and be just a bit cooler than the typical lunch-able.
All you need is...
- favorite lunch meat
- small cookie cutter any shape
Take any small cookie cutter (we chose a heart), and cut out lunch meat, cheese, and tortillas.
I cut out the tortillas first because I had a genius idea. I wanted everything to be the same shape including the crackers. So, I took the tortillas and cut them out with the cookie cutter. I place them on a foil lined baking sheet and baked them at 450 degrees until crisp, about 5 min. These make the best little crackers! Plus, you can use gf corn tortillas and they would be just as yummy!
I even cut watermelon in heart shapes. You could cut any fruit, bread, etc. I even thought about making little cookies after the fact! Add a pudding cup and a juice box, and you are good to go!
The possibilities and the shape are endless! You could make a themed Shortcut-able lunch for different holidays. My kids absolutely loved lunch today! Even though it was simple ingredients, it was the creativity that made lunch fun! They have already dug out the shapes that they want tomorrow. I think I may have created some pretty cute little monsters. 🙂
Don't forget the other great lunchbox ideas!