I’m a 90s kid. I always wanted a Furby (but thankfully never got one- those things are creepy), wore jelly shoes, rocked a Skip-It like it was nobody’s business, and somehow always killed my Tamagochi no matter how well I took care of it. I loved the Kool-Aids with the twist off caps, made culinary masterpieces in my Easy Bake Oven, and always got my favorite pepperoni pizza lunchable anytime we had a field trip at school. Life was so easy back then!
And now as a teacher it’s fun to see trends like the ones I grew up with come and go. Fidget spinners (thank goodness that’s over!), loom bands and Minecraft, and old “trends” coming back like Converse and choker necklaces. Then there are some things that just never changed. Like my favorite pepperoni pizza lunchable. Every time I see a student eating one of the lunchables I grew up eating, it makes me smile. Nostalgia is such a funny thing! Simple things like foods or smells can trigger a memory that sends you decades back, and I love being able to share something from my childhood with my students now.
So naturally, when my grade level went on a field trip last week, my mind immediately turned to lunchables. They’re easy. Made to take on the go. And let’s be real… It just not a field trip without one! ; ) But instead of buying a premade one at the store I decided to make a more grownup version at home. I wanted something with better ingredients, that would keep me fuller longer, and would help satisfy that pizza craving I’ve had since I got pregnant. And the result? The most amazing lunch like… ever.
My husband doesn’t agree, but then he never understood my love for the pepperoni pizza Lunchable, so I’ve let it slide. In my mind though, this version was not only tastier, but also way more filling and I liked knowing what was in the foods I was putting in my body. Best of all? All the ingredients made enough for about 3 lunches (or you know… afternoon snacks hah!). A pregnant girl’s dream, y’all.
I chose the Applegate pepperoni for a couple of reasons. First off, I like that they provide me with some of my favorite meat products and I don’t have to worry about what’s gone into the meat beforehand. I also like that it’s found in the refrigerated section, because I get kinda grossed out by the pepperoni that is shelf stable. Who knows what kind of preservatives they’ve used! And finally the taste is pretty great, and I can’t complain. I love me some yummy pepperoni!
I also opted for freshly shredded mozarrella because I’m of the opinion that freshly shredded is 100 times better than pre shredded. Every. Time. Isaac and I made the switch to shredding our own cheese soon after we got married and I’m never going back! (Plus my awesome Pampered Chef cheese grater is so amazing that shredding cheese is a breeze now!).
Then, my favorite part of pizza (weird, I know) is the sauce. I have always loved tomato sauce of any kind. Even unseasoned. (Y’all I don’t think I’ve ever shared that with you before!) When I was little I would eat it by the spoonful out the can because I love the taste so much. #dontjudge So naturally when it comes to pizza, I always judge based on the sauce. In my mind, the sauce makes or breaks a pizza. And thankfully this one was a winner. I chose an organic brand I found at Target and have to say, it was quite tasty!
And for the bread, well… I had these grand plans of making some kind of homemade dough but let’s be real. I ain’t got time fo’ dat! So I grabbed my favorite 100 calorie English muffins and split them in half for each mini pizza. And it was the bomb.com. Even cold on the day of my field trip, or toasted in the toaster oven for a snack at home, I have thoroughly enjoyed my grownup build your own pizza lunchable.
Because y’all… It just doesn’t get much better than that. ; )
- 2 100 calorie English Muffins
- 1/8 cup pizza sauce
- 1/3 cup mozzarella, shredded
- 12 pepperoni slices
- Bag veggie chips
- Organic fruit snacks
- Slice your English muffins in half and add them to a large plastic container. Portion out the sauce, cheese and pepperoni into individual containers.
- Place in the large container and store in the fridge until you're ready for lunch!
- Prepare your pizzas when you're ready to eat! : )
Now it’s your turn to talk! Answer one of these questions in the comments below:
Are you a fan of Lunchables as well?
What is your favorite thing from the 90s?