Back to School…and some recipes

Pretty much sums up my state of mind.

Really, is it so wrong that I’m happy to have the “third and final” off to full-day-5-days-a-week-kindergarten?
Not really, I’m crying on the inside.

Anyway, this joyous occasion also means structured days, which means planning ahead for lunches and dinners.
I decided to get in front of it this year by doing what makes sense, planning meals for the week ahead. I spent the better part of yesterday sourcing new, delicious yet nutritious recipes for dinners and lunches. I won’t promise to post menus, daily, I promise.  But I do have for you today’s lunch menu for the kids. I hope it inspires you with new ideas beyond the ol’ PB&J. 

I got a little ambitious and decided to make homemade lunchables. They munchkins love lunchables, much to my chagrin. I am much to cheap to buy them. Here’s what I did:

Buttery club crackers ( I went for the rectangular ones since that was all I could find at my Aldi’s)
A big slab of sharp cheddar cheese, sliced into small rectangles
Honey smoked turkey from the deli, sliced thick

Bunch of grapes

Juice box

Homemade rice krispy treats

For the kindergartner, I have to provide an extra snack, as required by the school. I found this really awesome recipe on Her Royal Highness’ website.

“Sushi” Surprise

It’s super simple, and a great way to add get some nutrition into my junk-food loving boy. And no it’s not actually sushi (which my kids LOVE too, btw)



  • 2 sandwich bread slices, flattened
  • 4 cucumber and 4 carrot matchsticks, (each 6 inches long)
  • Cream cheese spread, (3 tablespoons cream cheese mixed with 1 1/2 tablespoons sour cream)


  1. Flatten bread slices with a rolling pin. Spread cream-cheese mixture over slices.
    Lay 2 carrot and 2 cucumber matchsticks at the bottom of each slice — let ends hand over edges.
    Roll up bread, pressing gently to seal, then cut each roll into 4 equal pieces.


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2 thoughts on “Back to School…and some recipes

  1. Valerie says:

    I am one of those stubborn folk who has never tried sushi so therefore I hate it…..I cringed when I read sushi “surprise” but that is a creative and fun idea for me to enjoy!!!

    • AfroMartha says:

      Hey Valerie!
      I am one of those people who will try anything once knowing that if I don’t like it, I never have to eat it again….I’m just greedy like that :). That said, it took me the first 30years of my life to try sushi, and it was love at first bite! I just couldn’t get enough! I loved it so much I started making it at home, since it gets pricey to feed a family of 5 (Yes, my kids LOVE it too!) I’d suggest starting with the California Roll. It’s not raw, and not very exotic, so you don’t have to worry about the raw fish. Sushi actually means ‘vinegared rice’, not raw fish, lol. If you don’t like it, then I guess you never will, but California roll is a good place to start. Good luck!

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