Has it begun yet? Lunchbox envy?!
It goes like this, “Mommy, Emily has chips in her lunchbox every day. Why don’t we ever have chips?” I’m not against chips. I just rarely buy them: If they’re not in the house, we have to find something with a few more nutrients to nosh on.
We went apple and pear picking at a friends’ house over the weekend. We got lots of apples and 7 pears: That’s one pear for everyone in our family; plus 1. How would I make the most of that ONE PEAR? Make Pear Chips! And I did…I was able to get 37 almost paper thin slices of pear from one pear (thanks to my cheapy mandoline slicer from a garage sale.) And after 37 minutes (really!) in the oven, we had chewy-in-the-center, crispy-on-the-edges pear chips that were sweet, with a bit of spicy kick.
And the kids devoured all 37 chips in about 3 minutes.
So I made more. I was so pleased with how SUPER simple the Pear Chips were, that we tried a few more combos:
- Sweet Curried Pears
- Cinnamon & Sugar Apples
- Cinnamon, Sugar & Smoked Paprika Apples with a sprinkle of salt – YUM!
Yes, they all have a sprinkle of sugar on top – but remember, 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar has only 23 calories – spread among 37 chips. And when the Sweet Ginger Pear Chips in my kids’ lunchboxes go up against brightly packaged, loudly crinkly bags of ‘store-bought’ chips in other lunchboxes, a sprinkle of sugar definitely adds sparkle and pizzaz!
What do you pack to avoid kids having lunchbox envy? What do kids LOVE in their lunch boxes?