This is the first year I am packing lunch for two kids, every day (if I choose to). Their school offers a hot lunch, and it's OK, but not generally what I would prefer they eat all the time. Think chicken nuggets, pizza, and (no kidding) Salisbury steak.
The catch? They don't like sandwiches. Or, one kid will eat peanut butter and jelly, but he has an allergic friend in his class. That means there's not a nice simple way to get them both fed. So, like any mom whose creativity is stretched, I put out the Facebook call and got some really good suggestions:
- Cottage cheese, cheese cubes, or yogurt, whole grain crackers, fruit and vegetables
- Lunch meat and cheese roll-ups on toothpicks (I made these this week. WIN).
- Cooked pasta, plain or with a thick sauce (so it doesn't get all runny).
- Quesadillas cut into fun shapes
- Soup, stew, or chili in a Thermos
- Banana or pumpkin pancakes
- Whole-wheat raisin bread with cream cheese
- Raw veggies with cup of ranch for dipping (my daughter loves this and I do too, actually!)
- For me, I have found that kids who won't eat sandwiches will eat wraps, maybe because they look like a soft taco.
So grateful to my friends -- I hate that feeling of needing to pack lunch before bed (I do it the night before because we're all pretty poky in the morning) and just having NO idea what they mght actually eat. I am a lot less stressed over lunches now!
What are your favorite no-sandwich lunches?