October 3rd, 2012

School Lunch: Cream Cheese and Jelly French Toast Bites

OneHungryMama school lunch cream cheese and jelly french toast bites

This is the hungry boy’s new favorite lunch. Big surprise, huh? Who wouldn’t want to eat cream cheese and jelly french toast bites for lunch? I know that I would. Well, actually, I’d prefer them for breakfast which is exactly what I get when I pack these for school lunch.

It’s true that these school lunch french toast bites require some cooking, but only 6 minutes. And here’s the best part: they double as a on-the-go breakfast for you (and a great finger food for little brother or sister!), which makes the fact that you have to do a little cooking totally worthwhile.

Breakfast for you, a school lunch they’ll eat—I’d say that’s worth 6 minutes. If you agree, here’s how you whip these up:

1. Start by making a cream cheese and jelly sandwich—two if you’re feeling really hungry. I cut off the crusts, but you don’t have to.

2. Heat a pat of butter in a small, easy to clean pan. If you’re making two sandwiches, make sure that they both fit at once to save time.

3. In the meantime, whisk together one egg and a splash of milk in a wide, shallow bowl. Dip both sides of the sandwich(es) in the egg mixture.

4. Fry each side until golden brown, about 2 minutes on one side, 1 minute on the other.

While each side is frying, gather up the rest of what you’ll need for lunch. For us it’s always a selection of veggies and some fruit. I cut up carrot, cuke and red pepper while side one was frying. (Timesaving tip! I keep washed veggies in the fridge so that all I have to do is cut them in the morning.) I flipped the french toast bites and fried the second side while I cut up a kiwi and some apple.

When the french toast sammy is done, turn off the heat and allow it to cool for a minute while you finish prepping and packing the rest of kiddo’s lunch. Remove the french toast from the pan and cut into three wide strips. Half them again and pack kiddo’s portion while noshing on yours.

And just like that: Cream Cheese and Jelly French Toast Bites for school lunch!

*You can share these with finger food eating kids 10+ mos and up.

7 Responses

  1. Liz says:

    This is perfect! I may try it out for my kids at breakfast tomorrow. Seems easy enough for 645 AM. :) Thanks!

  2. It’s a good one. Let me know how it turns out, Liz!

  3. stacey says:

    This is a favorite for my children as well — but I cheat:
    I intentionally make too much French toast on the weekends, and then freeze the leftovers (individual slices separated by wax paper or parchment). When I make lunches, I pop the bag out of the freezer, and spread the cream cheese and jam right onto the frozen slices — which thaws by lunchtime, and keeps everything fresh in the mean time.
    (I also use Trader Joe’s frozen French toast, and frozen mini-walffles but shhhh…)

  4. Love it, @stacey! I do the same with pancakes (make too much and freeze with parchment) and have even been known to make pancake sammys. Great minds… :-)

  5. Liz says:

    @stacey, that is genius! I love it.

    I made it this morning but totally cheated and did it grilled cheese style instead where I buttered the outside of the bread and did it in the pan that way. I loved it. The kids initially liked it but did not finish it. I’ll try it the real way next time, but perhaps for dinner when I have more time and patience. Apparently 6 minutes is too much for me at 645 AM after all. :)

  6. Rosie says:

    Love this idea and the some of the other ‘hacks’ :-) mentioned above. Thank you!

  7. One Hungry Mama says:

    so glad. hope they’re helpful, Rosie!

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