Breakfast for Lunch
Editor's Note: Step aside, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! It's time for a new lunch idea to take over. The perfect lunch recipe for kids of all ages, Breakfast for Lunch will be a fun and whimsical meal for any day of the week. Although this lunch idea looks intricate, it is actually easy to prepare. This bright, colorful, and delicious lunch is sure to put a smile on anyone's face, and will look delightful when placed in a bento box! Just plan to use silicone baking cups so that the fresh blueberries do not get soggy.
Having breakfast at lunchtime is a novelty that kids love. Put together some tiny waffle sandwiches, then pair them with a sausage, nuts, and fruit.
Make Ahead RecipeYes
- ½ banana
- Glazed walnuts
- 4 frozen mini waffles (shop bought or homemade)
- Peanut butter
- Fully cooked chicken apple sausage
- Two-tier bento box
- Round silicone baking cup
Cut the tip off the banana. Stand the banana on end in one tier of the bento box and cut a chunk of banana the same height as the bento box. Cut a thin slit in the peel of the banana to make it easy to peel and place it back in the box. Reserve the rest of the banana for the waffle filling.
Fill the silicone cup with the blueberries and place it in the same tier as the banana. Fill any remaining space with the glazed walnuts.
Toast the frozen mini waffles according to the package directions, then allow them to cool a bit. If you can avoid putting the waffles in the bento box while they are still warm they are less likely to be soggy at lunchtime.
Spread one mini waffle with peanut butter. Add two or three thin slices of banana, then top with a second mini waffle. Repeat the process to make a second sandwich. Place the sandwiches in the second tier of the bento box.
Cook the sausage in a small skillet until it is just browned. If you are using a fully cooked sausage, you can skip this step, but it does add a bit of flavor to the meat. Slice the sausage, allow it to cool, and put it in the remaining space in the bento box.
If you don’t have mini waffles on hand, a regular waffle cut small will also make a lovely sandwich. You can also skip the waffles altogether and use silver dollar pancakes instead. I often make pancakes on weekends and I’ll usually make a few tiny ones to have on hand for later in the week. You can store the pancakes in the fridge for a few days or pop them into a zip-top bag and place them in the freezer for up to a month. To reheat, place them in a toaster oven while they’re still frozen and heat until warmed through.
Copyright 2014 Wendy Thorpe Copley