Since writing about how I create our weekly schedule and mentioning that we have cobb salads every day with lunch, I've had several requests for the recipe. *smile* We have so enjoyed developing our salad lunches! And this has also been a good way to cut back on our grocery bill, compared to serving pre-prepared foods like we used to most days.
- romaine, finely chopped
- cucumber, chopped
- carrots, chopped
- celery, chopped
- tomato, diced
- red bell pepper, chopped
- corn, cooked then cooled in the fridge
- sunflower seeds
- bacon bits
- shredded co-jack cheese
- salad dressing, or just a little salt & fresh grounded pepper
** Other great condiments are: avocado, chopped hard boiled egg, peanuts (for older kids), olives, orange or yellow bell pepper, craisins, garbanzo beans, black beans, taco meat, pretzels or corn chips (crunched up)!
- These salads get BIG really fast, so we start out with just a little of each item in each bowl. *smile*
- We've also found that it's easiest and most time-efficient for young children to eat salad with a spoon rather than a fork, so we chop up the pieces pretty small.
We make everyone's salads the same veggie-wise as it's too complicated to have so many people all with individual/unique salads, and I can make sure they all have the basic nutrients. It's good for kids to learn to just appreciate what's served to them, and be flexible to eat whatever is prepared. Plus, we purchase all the veggies in bulk and those need to be eaten over the course of the week or they'll go bad. So, everyone enjoys them (including Daddy at work). They do get to choose if they'd like sunflower seeds, bacon bits, raisins, or cheese on their salad, however, as those do not spoil.
We do buy Costco's really yummy Aussie Bites and other supplemental, whole grain goodness for added nutrition and enjoyment. Aussie Bites are mini-muffin shaped items made with whole wheat, whole grain, fruit, honey, and brown sugar. They're moist, and a little sweet. Costco near us stocks these in varying places: in the bakery, or with the Franz bread as Franz makes these, or on a cart by the frozen foods - you may need to ask where to find them at your Costco.
We also have "chip day" once-a-week, which also to helps daily salads feel less monotonous. I buy one average-size bag of chips per week (not "family size", or Costco-size, for reasons of both cost and health), we serve this at lunch on Wednesdays and eat the whole bag that day between us, then we're done with chips for the week. This helps us avoid snacking on chips through out the week, which we'd all be inclined to do if they were available. *wink*
Hope you enjoy this! Blessings!