Now that many children have returned to school and preschool for in-person learning school lunches have been the talk of Market staff and customers. Marketing Director, Kate Laubernds, has two young children in preschool and elementary school and shared what her tips and market favorites are for school lunches that are minimal effort, but high reward. It’s easy to get trapped in a vortex of Pinterest boards for kids’ lunches; oftentimes the recipes are too complicated or have too many steps. Above all else, Kate recommends keeping it simple.
Kate recommends investing in some containers, cups, and sandwich cutters for keeping food separated and presented in a fun way. She purchased a kit that had cute plastic toothpicks and cutters she uses for cutting and picking up fruit. For a tried and true lunch favorite seed butter or nut butter from Nutritious Foods along with thawed frozen summer berries smashed makes for a healthy spin on peanut butter and jelly. Cut into a fun shape and add toothpick “eyes” if you have them.
During cold months, you can stretch our meals by making a big batch of chili. Kate recommends this recipe featuring butternut squash and Lonely Lane Farms ground pork along with cornbread. For her kids’ lunch the next day she heat up the leftovers and puts them in thermoses with a side of cornbread and fruit. Souper Natural Soups has a ton of soup favorites that are perfect for a satiating soup/stew lunch in a pinch. We especially love pairing their Tomato Basil with a grilled cheese for a comfort food lunch. Kate’s kids favorite lunch is pizza roll-ups, which can be made with any favorite pizza topping. She rolls out pizza dough into a rectangle and spreads it with Portland Fresh Vegan Pesto and tops with shredded mozzarella cheese, she then rolls up the dough into a log and slices into 12 equal rounds and bakes on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet for 10-12 minutes at 425 degrees. The pizza roll-ups are great on their own, or make wholesome lunch when served with a side of marinara sauce.
Don’t forget to include a little treat, too. Sliced Golden Delicious or Granny Smith apples from Kiyokawa Family Orchards along with Maui Melts caramel sauce for dipping are a fun fall treat. These chocolate no-bake energy balls from Cooking Classy using Momo Cocoa Unsweetened Cocoa Powder are a great treat/snack to have in your rotation.
There are plenty of options at the Market to help you craft delicious and healthy school lunches for your kiddos.
The Beaverton Farmers Market
We will see you this Saturday at the Market from 9:00AM-1:30PM.
Beaverton High School Marching Ensemble will be hosting a community recycling event for electronics on Saturday, September 25th from 9:00AM-1:00PM as a fundraiser to benefit their programming For a full list of items that are accepted and not accepted visit the event page.
Goddess Mousse will be back in the market with their delectable plant based mousses. This will be your last chance to stock up on Goddess Mousse from the Beaverton Farmers Market for the rest of the year.
Grano Bakery and Scratch Meats have a new location in the Market. You will find them on the Hall Street aisle where Alex Farms previously was. Alex Farms has finished for the season.