Lunch Money

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This isn’t a recipe so much as a way to bring some fun into your kids’ lunch hour. Instead of giving then cash to buy junk food, give them coins they can actually eat—that is, offer a balanced meal of round, coin-shaped edibles (organic, of course!). Here’s a range of possibilities.


  • Organic Valley Stringles, cut crosswise into rounds
  • Cucumber, sliced
  • Green or yellow zucchini, sliced
  • Asparagus spears, blanched and cut crosswise
  • Broccoli stems, peeled and slice into rounds
  • Radishes, sliced
  • Carrot, sliced into coins
  • Organic Prairie Hot Dogs, cooked, cooled and cut into rounds
  • Organic Prairie Italian Chicken Sausage or Bratwurst, cooked, cooled and cut into rounds
  • Organic Prairie Pepperoni
  • Dried bananas, in slices
  • Dried apricots
  • Fruit leather, cut into rounds
  • Kiwi, sliced
  • Oyster crackers
  • Small, round pretzels
  • Small, round corn tortilla chips
  • Round ravioli, cooked and cooled
  • Garbanzo beans (*see note)


1. Let your child choose his or her favorites from the array of finger foods above. Pack the little piles of “coins” into a rectangular container to make a lunch-size treasure chest.

*Call these “gold nuggets” instead of coins--and offer nuggets in other colors, too (think peas, blueberries, grapes, etc.)

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