I have been poking around the cooking section of the internet, as I tend to do, and have noticed that everyone is gearing up with back to school lunch ideas. Well, I intend to make your kid the trendiest retro geek in the whole district with this lunch menu!
I’ve been cooking recipes attributed to and inspired by silent stars for quite some time and I will be sharing four that I think will work well for a school day. Qualification: I was once a kid.
Please excuse the photos, I am not exactly a pro but I think you’ll see that immediately. You can catch up on all my vintage taste tests here.
Let’s start the day off right with a nice breakfast.
Adrian’s Tea Wafers
Iconic movie costume designer Adrian tried to claim these as a sophisticated snack but this recipe is 100% pure kid-friendly. Peanut butter and banana broiled with cinnamon and sugar on a rye crisp? A dozen of them to go, please!
Vegan Variation: Margarine for butter and that’s it!
Allergy Note: Substitute the nut butter of your choice if peanuts are not an option.
The Theda Bara Sandwich
Pickles can sometimes be a questionable component for kids’ lunches but this is such a tasty sandwich that it’s worth a shot. Inspired by Theda Bara’s spicy, not-for-kids persona, this sandwich has ham and pickles and peppers. The recipe says to serve it hot but room temp is just fine.
Vegetarian/Vegan Variation: Use vegan ham deli slices and your favorite non-egg mayo OR fine cubes of marinated tofu to provide the salt and tang for the sandwich.
Wallace Reid Divinity Salad
Grapes are in season in my neck of the woods and citrus is always easy to obtain, so this is a perfect back to school fruit salad. Pack the whipped cream separately from the salad for maximum freshness. I used walnuts but sunflower or pumpkin seeds would be tasty as well.
Vegan Variation: Just use your favorite non-dairy whipped topping and you’re golden!
Drug Interaction: Be sure to check any medication as grapefruit interacts badly with many drugs. Substituting tangerines or oranges is a delicious alternative.
Sidney Drew’s Peanut Cookies
These are sooooooo good! Light and fresh and not at all cloying, as peanut butter cookies tend to be. The yield for the recipe is quite low, so you’ll want to double or triple it if you plan to use these for multiple days.
Vegan Variation: This recipe uses very little dairy, so you should be able to swap out the cow milk for almond, coconut or whatever you like with no issues. And, obviously, margarine for the butter. I have not tested this using a flax egg but it should work just fine.
Allergy Note: Because this recipe uses peanuts and not peanut butter, you should be able to incorporate a different nut with zero issues. These cookies are not very sweet, so if you use something like walnuts, you might want to sprinkle some sugar on top to compensate.
I hope you had fun and I hope you give some of these recipes a try! If you do, be sure to let me know the results.
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