Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob SquarePants! And the star of these cute lunchboxes is he. SpongeBob SquarePants! Ready?
If there’s anything we’ve learned about making lunches, it’s that a little creativity can go a long way toward helping kids get their daily dose of the good stuff. And who better to help with that than Mr. Krabs, Patrick and SpongeBob himself?
The star of the show is also the star of this lunchbox. We turned SpongeBob SquarePants into an open-faced sandwich on top of a whole-wheat piece of bread using a slice of American cheese cut to an inch shorter than the bread.
Next we layered on two circles cut from a slice of mozzarella cheese to form the eyes and two more to create the cheeks. From the same piece of cheese we cut a long rectangle to make SpongeBob’s shirt, and two small squares for teeth. The eyes and eyelashes we made out of black olives while the smile and tie are cut from a red pepper. Assemble and voilà!
To up the veggie factor we created coral bits by quickly dehydrating carrots in the oven. First use a vegetable peeler to create long, thin strands. To help keep their bright orange color, it helps to boil the strands quickly—about a minute—then to transfer immediately to an ice bath. Once drained and patted dry, season with olive oil and sea salt. The options here are endless—dried herbs, seasoning salts, etc.—but we kept ours simple. The last step is to scatter the carrot pieces on a baking sheet and bake at 300° until crisp, this should take only a few minutes.
For even more under-the-sea fun we created Patrick-shaped pieces of watermelon using a star cookie cutter and added a SpongeBob Strawberry Riptide Yoplait Go-Gurt low-fat yogurt. We love how easy it is to freeze the Go-Gurt the night before and add to lunchboxes in the morning so they stay cold until lunchtime!
With the help of a croissant, creating your own Mr. Krabs sandwich is super easy. We made ours up with slices of ham, American cheese and lettuce—but really anything goes. What completes the look are the carrot legs (positioned under the sandwich) and the black-olive eyes we attached with toothpicks. For the final touch, we added claws cut out of red pepper. Easy, right?
Served up alongside store-bought dried pineapple slices (that remind us of a certain someone’s abode) and SpongeBob SquarePants Fruit-Flavored Snacks, this lunchbox is sure to please. But lest we forget Sandy Cheeks’ acorns for dessert. These cute little treats are made by separating mini peanut butter cookies and attaching chocolate candy drops. The stems are mini chocolate chips that are attached using a touch of peanut butter from the mini peanut butter cookies. How cute is that?
For our final lunchbox, we kept things simple with a salty sea dog, coral bits (see above for directions) and kelp sticks served with salty sauce, aka, snap peas and ranch—which we packaged in its own container for safe travels.
And once again we reached for kid-loved SpongeBob SquarePants Fruit-Flavored Snacks and a SpongeBob Strawberry Riptide Yoplait Go-Gurt low-fat yogurt to round things out. We love how quickly and easily this lunchbox came together with their help!
So the next time you’re stuck wondering what to fix for your kid’s lunchbox, look no further than everyone’s favorite cartoon, SpongeBob SquarePants, for inspiration!