When I was growing up, we were blessed to be able to come home for lunch during the school day. My mum was at home and it was only a short walk so we had plenty of time. She sometimes made us 'cold plates' - just a yummy variety of things we liked.
In our family we call these 'Hodgie Podgie Plates' - a term we 'borrowed' from our friends Brian & Ruth. We thought it might be fun to have a silly name for really what amounts to dribs and drabs from the fridge and cupboard.
On this particular day, The Dreamer was in charge of making 3 'Hodgie Podgie Plates' . Keep in mind, she is 9 - so this really isn't too difficult. I've come up with some basic guidelines so that she covers all the bases and keeps a good balance.
1. Pick a protein: cold meat, peanut butter, cold boiled egg, cheese, nuts etc.
2. Pick a grain: bread, rolls, muffins, crackers, tea biscuits, wraps, pita, scones, bagels, whole grain tortilla chips etc.
3. Pick 2-3 raw veggies: baby carrots, celery, cucumbers, peppers, rutabaga, green beans, snap peas, cherry tomatoes, radishes etc.
4. Pick 2-3 fruits: apples, oranges, pears, grapes, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, kiwi, pineapple, melons, plums, prunes, dried apricots, raisins, apple sauce, etc.
5. Pick a dairy: yogurt, milk, cottage cheese, cheese, cream cheese, milkshake, smoothie, cheese curds, pudding, etc.
Try to make the plate as colorful and attractive as possible - toothpicks are fun ways to pick up chunked fruits and veggies, and also hold rolls of wraps or cold meats together.
If you're stuck on sandwiches, give 'Hodgie Podgie Plates' a try! It's fun and delicious! Never the same combination twice - what could be more exciting at lunch time!