Year 2, Week 31: A Sesame Street Lunch. Fun lunches are finally back after a week off for spring break. I picked up this AWESOME Oscar the Grouch lunchbox at a local coffee shop, by my house, and I've been wanting to make a lunch in it forever. Well, today's the day. My kids have started watching Sesame Street again for some reason, after ignoring it forever. They turn on Netflix and its one of the first things they choose. It brings back a ton of memories from when I was a kid.
The great thing about this lunch is that you can take some of the individual elements and make them for a birthday party, playdate, or whatever else. The Elmo apple, for example, is very easy to do and you could easily make a bunch of them. I also put in a Matkin, which is a reusable placemat. It is great for giving your child a clean surface to eat lunch on. Remember to follow me on my social media channels. You can find the buttons at the top of the page. Have a great week!
Ingredients1/2 red apple
1 slice cheddar cheese
2 balls fresh mozzarella cheese
2 pieces whole wheat bread
Nori (dried seaweed)
Tuna (or other sandwich meat)
Plain greek yogurt
Cookie crumbs (if desired)
2 yogurt covered raisins
2 baby carrots
2 pieces of pineapple, cut up
Letter and number shaped organic cookies or crackers
Fat-free cream cheese
1 pretzel stick
Black and blue food coloring
Directions1. Cookie Monster is very simple. Tint greek yogurt blue with a little food coloring. Spoon into small round container. On yogurt covered raisins, draw eyes using black food coloring or food coloring marker. Place raisins in yogurt as shown. Sprinkle a very small amount of cookie crumbs around mouth area. I also added a little honey to the bottom of the yogurt for flavor, since it is plain yogurt.
2. Elmo is made using a red apple. I shaped it slightly to make room for the eyes and shape of his head. Cut eyes and mouth out of nori. Put nori circles on fresh mozzarella balls. Attach them to the apple using a toothpick in each one. Cut out a circle of cheddar cheese and use for the nose.
3. I made a small sandwich out of whole wheat bread and tuna. On top I put a cheddar cheese version of Elmo's goldfish, Dorothy. Place celery sticks in background of container and set elmo face and sandwich on top. Include a small container of peanut butter to dip the celery in.
4. For Oscar the Grouch, I put a piece of broccoli in a round metal container. He lives in a metal trash can, right? Use two dabs of cream cheese for the eyes and a little black food coloring in the middle. Stick two pieces of pretzel sticks on for the eyebrows.
5. I made a few copies of Oscar's worm, Slimy, out of pineapple and baby carrots. Cut them into small pieces and stick on to kabob sticks or toothpicks. Draw a face on if desired.
6. You can finish up by using letter and number shaped crackers or cookies. I used all natural organic ones here. I don't normally put them in my daughter's lunch, but they were perfect for the theme. You could also finish off this lunch by including a Sesame Street themed napkin or even use a bright colored Matkin like I put in!