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Check It Out: Creative lunch ideas for the back-to-school crowd

September 04, 2010|By Tamara Henn

With the new school year starting Tuesday, many parents are spending at least a part of this holiday weekend wrapping up their kids' back-to-school shopping. If you have school-age children, you know the drill. New school supplies: check. New shoes and clothes: check. Maybe even a shiny new lunch box.

What about something new and exciting to pack into your kids' lunches? Delicious, wholesome lunches and snacks will pique your children's appetites and give them the energy they need to excel in school.

Treat yourself to these and other kid-friendly cookbooks available at the Newport Beach Public Library:

"Real Food for Healthy Kids: 200+ Easy, Wholesome Recipes" by Tracy Seaman and Tanya Wenman Steel: Seaman and Steel share their culinary expertise in preparing nutritious meals that are designed to please the most finicky of eaters. This indispensable resource offers child-rearing advice and practical tips on nutritional guidelines, food etiquette and essential kitchen equipment. The more than 200 recipes include carrot cake oatmeal, turkey pinwheels, harvest tomato tarts and other healthy dishes.

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"Vegan Lunch Box: 130 Amazing Animal-Free Lunches Kids and Grown-Ups will Love" by Jennifer McCann: McCann, creator of the award-winning Vegan Lunch Box blog, presents more than 130 innovative vegan recipes for delicious lunch box menus. Each lunch, which was "kid-tested" by the author's son, includes a description, commentary and success rating. The allergen-free recipe index is especially helpful for those who have food sensitivities or allergies to nuts, soy, gluten or wheat.

"Paula Deen's Cookbook for the Lunch-Box Set" by Paula Deen: Popular Food Network personality Paula Deen inspires young chefs in this delightful children's cookbook. In addition to lunch box fare, readers will find creative recipes for muffins, bake sales, picnics, theme parties and various holidays. This beautifully illustrated title also includes cooking tips, safety precautions and a brief section on manners at the beginning of each chapter.

"Sandwiches & Snacks" by Susannah Blake: Children who are eager to learn how to make their own sandwiches and snacks will relish this visually appealing guide. Step-by-step instructions are accompanied by color photographs, which make following the directions a snap. Recipes include tuna melts, hummus wraps, bruschetta, classic egg salad sandwiches, quesadilla wedges and more!

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