Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in conjunction with Hewlett Packard for their new product Sprout by HP. I received compensation for participating in this campaign.
A few days ago I was able to take my kids to see the amazingly awesome Disney movie Big Hero 6. We don't have cable so my kids hadn't seen commercials for it, so they had no idea what they were in for. They absolutely loved it. If you have seen it, you know what I'm talking about. I knew that I had to put together a Big Hero 6 lunch soon. I made this for my daughter and made my son a special Baymax treat also. Baymax is actually a turkey quesadilla! Not in the movie, but in my lunch. That would be weird if he was turkey quesadilla in the movie. I tried to make each container have something from the film. Have you or your kids seen this yet? What is your favorite part? Let me know below!
Honestly, it starts with having fun. You need to want to have a little fun with food and your kids. It doesn't have to be complicated at all. You can begin with just using cookie cutters on sandwiches. It literally takes an extra few seconds. Then you just experiment. See what you have time for and what your kids like. I also try and use food that I already have. It is less wasteful and saves a trip to the store. The next step is owning a good reusable lunchbox. It will save money in the long run and make it easy to plan your lunches. From there, it just takes your imagination.
One other tool that I highly recommend is something that makes it easy to take and keep pictures of what you are doing. Even if you don't want to start a blog, you will want to keep these awesome memories you are creating. For me the Sprout by HP is the best choice for this. You can read my initial reactions to it in my post HERE. My kids and I love looking back at old pictures and your family will as well. The Sprout lets you scan in the lunches (or any creations your family makes), easily edit the photos, save them to your hard drive, and share them online, all in one device. Here was my process yesterday.
I started off by seeing what the different characters looked like and what powers they had (pic 1). Then I scanned in the yubo lunchbox and started sketching out on the Sprout's touch mat what food would go in each container (pic 2). I used those ideas to make the lunch (pic 3). When the lunch was made, I scanned it into the Sprout (pic 4, screenshot unedited). I then edited the photos, saved them, and uploaded them online to my blog...all from one device. The Sprout saves me so much time now that I am able to do everything on one machine.
Hopefully these ideas can help you save time, energy, and make some fun lunches for your kids. You can see more about the Sprout by HP here. Now on to the recipe. Please make sure and follow me on my social media channels for even more lunch and parenting tips!
Turkey or chicken
Brussel Sprouts (or other favorite veggies)
Blackberries (or other favorite fruit)
Circle shaped crackers
Low Fat cream cheese
Black food coloring or food coloring marker
Directions1. Place your child's favorite fruit and vegetables as the background in the main container. I used brussel sprouts and blackberries.
2. Cut out the shape of Baymax from two white tortillas as shown. Put cheese and meat inside. Heat up in microwave and put in refrigerator to cool. Trim off excess cheese and tortilla bits once cold. This is much easier to do after it is cold. Place Baymax on top of fruit and vegetables. Make his eyes using black food coloring or food coloring marker.
3. In a side dish place circle shaped crackers. I used Wausome cheese wafers because my kids love them. I also thought they looked like GoGo's discs that she uses for on her suit.
4. Use a sharp knife to cut the words "Big Hero 6" out of the red wax of Babybel cheese. This is optional but I thought of it at the last minute and thought it was a fun touch. Place it anywhere near Baymax.
5. In the second side dish are Honey Lemon's Chem-Balls. In the movie these are different colors and do many useful things. These were inspired by a recipe I used in this lunch here. I just covered grapes in a small amount of cream cheese. I then rolled them in different colors of crushed cereal.
6. Serve to your kids and watch the smile spread across their faces!