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Cold lunch items? Help!

DD4 goes to preschool 3x a week, they won't heat lunch for the kids so it either has to be cold or something that would keep warm in a thermos... she's telling me she's had her fill of pb&j sandwiches and hates all other sandwiches...what can I pack her other than a sandwich? Sometimes I do soup in her thermos, but eh... what do your kids eat that don't need heating?


Asked by gramsmom at 12:11 PM on Apr. 22, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • My kids like cold pizza, cold fried chicken, cold meatloaf. In their themos, I'll send soup, ravioli, leftover spaghetti, ramen noodles, mashed potatoes/gravy, chicken nuggets, hot dogs (put the bun in a sandwich bag with any toppings), stuffing, mac & cheese. Ask her what she'd like to take. She may come up with something you wouldn't think of.

    Answer by tropicalmama at 12:18 PM on Apr. 22, 2009

  • There are lots of different "Lunchables", but they are so high in sodium. Have you thought about tortillia roll ups? Spread cheese and any type of lunch meat and veggies, roll it up and cut it in half.

    Answer by texasgurl33 at 12:18 PM on Apr. 22, 2009

  • Another thought: chef salads or pasta salads, cheese quesadellias (sp?).

    Answer by texasgurl33 at 12:33 PM on Apr. 22, 2009

  • At costco they have bags of presliced apples that don't turn brown. I send those with the little jif peanut butter cups. My g-daughter loves those. She also sometimes just wants string cheese, carrots and ranch and a banana. It isn't a bad lunch. it is better than her throwing something she doesn't want away and not eat. I have also found making her part of lunch making has helped al ot too. She also loves cold spaghetti too.

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 12:36 PM on Apr. 22, 2009

  • get a small stainless steel water bottle; fill and freeze at night to act as a cold pack; it will be drinkable by lunch. Contact me offlist for my complete list; here is what will fit: Cream cheese and jelly sandwiches, cut up into quarters or fingers; Peanut Butter Roll-ups (cut crusts off a slice of bread, flatten it out, put peanut butter + other toppings, roll up; Cream Cheese Cucumber Pita Sandwich (almost any sandwich can go in a pita!); Nut butter and fruit spread sandwiches on bread, cut up into quarters or fingers; Nut butter sandwiches on small crackers; Peeled hard boiled egg, halved; Cheese or baked tofu cubes; Greek yoghurt w honey; Ziti or multicolored finger food pasta w/ tomato sauce to dip & grated cheese;


    Answer by rkoloms at 12:49 PM on Apr. 22, 2009