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Chat with Ruthie 1st Day of School Lunch

Chat with Ruthie 1st Day of School Lunch


Last week I shared this 1st Day of School Lunch over at the 36th !!  Desiree has an amazing blog and you’ll definitely want to follow what’s she’s doing… it’s always SO extraordinary!!


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AND listen to this super exciting news… What’s Cooking with Ruthie is now a monthly Contributor over at Deziree’s site, the 36th!!  Woo-hoo!  SO FUN 🙂


SO, back to this awesome 1st Day of School Lunch!!


The 1st day of school is quickly approaching and sometimes it’s sad to let those little kiddos go!  SO, here’s an extra special 1st Day of School Lunch, because when you can’t be there to give them an extra hug- a yummy, fun lunch can brighten their day!!
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Most of the ingredients for this lunch are probably already in your pantry!  All you’ll need to make this heart-felt 1st Day of School Lunch is:


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Heart Shaped Sandwich

1 divided disposable container

1 slice whole grain bread

1 slice turkey

1 slice cheddar cheese

2 tsp mayonnaise

3 heart cookie cutters, varying sizes

Using the largest cookie cutter, cut bread in shape of a heart, using medium sized- cut the cheese, using the small sized-cut the cheese.  Spread 1 tsp mayonnaise on the center of the bread, layer the turkey on top- centering.  Spread 1 tsp mayonnaise on the center of the turkey, layer the cheese on top- centering!

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Mini Fruit Kabobs

1/4 C red grapes

1/4 C blueberries

4 decorated toothpicks, with the point snipped off

Make sure to cut the tip of each toothpick off, then there’s no chance for a poke!  Thread grapes and blueberries on to toothpicks, alternating.

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Rice Krispie Critters

1 strawberry fruit roll up, cut into 1/4 inch strips
1 Tbsp butter
1 16oz package of mini marshmallows
3 mini chocolate chips per critter
4 C Rice Krispies
4 C Fruity Pebbles

Cooking Spray

In a microwave safe bowl add butter and marshmallows, microwave 1 minute, stir, microwave 1 more minute, stir. Stir in 4 C Rice Krispies and then 4 C Fruity Pebbles, stir to coat.  To make Critters: spray hands with cooking spray, roll 3inch ball and a 1inch ball for each Critter you’d like to make.  Connect 1 large and 1 small Krispie balls to make each body and head.  You have to work quickly while the mixture is warm so it will cool and stick together forming the body.  Decorate with mini chocolate chips and strips cut from fruit roll up.

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Round Pretzels in Chevron Bag and a Juice Box

Of course, you can substitute whatever you happen to have in your pantry!!


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1st Day of School Lunch is a nutritious way to brighten up your child’s day!  It maybe fun to put a little note of encouragement in there too!!  My kids have always like getting a quick note from me in their lunch boxes… it lets them know they’re always on my mind and that I love them 🙂


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AND I just want to say a BIG thank you to “the 36th avenue” for having me!  I met Desiree at the Evo blogging conference a couple of weeks ago… she is just the cutest little thing and I’m SO glad I got to know her!  She’s amazing as most of you already know!!


Happy Cooking,



Chef Ruthie

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Chef Ruthie is a professionally trained chef who specializes in bringing cuisines, cultures and culinary adventures to your kitchen. Chef Ruthie inspires readers to create in the kitchen, explore the world and find joy in all the many aspects of living!