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Lunch on a Stick

It's fun to create different lunch combinations with my mom. I like to make patterns in the cheese and use a crinkle vegetable cutter. —Sara Martin, Brookfield, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes


  • Block of cheddar or Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
  • Cooked tortellini
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Whole wheat bread slices, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Leaf lettuce, optional
  • Sliced deli ham, cut into 1-inch strips
  • Seedless red or green grapes
  • Wooden skewers (5 to 6 inches)


  • Cut cheese into 1/4-in. slices and then into 1-in. pieces. (Smaller pieces may break when threaded on the skewer.)
  • Mac & Cheese on a Stick: Alternately thread cheese and tortellini on a skewer. Add grape tomatoes if desired.
  • Ham & Cheese on a Stick: Thread bread, lettuce if desired, cheese and a ribbon of ham on a skewer. Add additional cheese and bread pieces. Hold in place with a grape or grape tomato on each end.
  • Fruit & Cheese on a Stick: Alternately thread grapes and cheese on a skewer.
  • Create your own Lunch on a Stick: Let children place their favorite ingredients on a stick.

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  • JGa2595176
    Feb 29, 2020

    This may seem like a simple idea to some, but to have this recipe pass before my eyes sure was helpful! Such a great reminder we can use our favorite items and create a fun appetizer or light meal. We have served variations for everything from kids' parties to fancy events. Thanks!

  • chaosmommy
    May 30, 2017

    I finally started making my youngest son make his own lunches this school year, and this recipe was one of his favorites. He enjoyed reading the different combos and making up his own.

  • gina.kapfhamer
    Aug 3, 2016

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  • Orbs
    Jun 1, 2015

    Delicious! I served this will grilled corn-on-the-cob and grilled veggie chicken. Thanks, Sara, for sharing this recipe.

  • nanette christinsen
    Sep 6, 2013

    Easy to make and individualize for your tastes. Huge hit at potluck.

  • jenni_leigh
    Jul 31, 2013

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  • Debbie F.
    Aug 27, 2012

    This recipe is simple and delicious. It is also very visually appealing. I would simply say that children should be closely supervised with the sticks.