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Posted by on Sep. 13, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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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?

by on Sep. 13, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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done for the semester!!! hells yes!
Yesterday at 6:08 PM
by New Member on Sep. 13, 2013 at 7:05 AM
I always make my kids wraps :)
by on Sep. 13, 2013 at 7:39 AM

 I do mostly raw veggies and fruits for lunch.

by Bronze Member on Sep. 13, 2013 at 7:47 AM

My girls love to take soup or stew in their thermos' when the weather gets cooler.

by Rhonda on Sep. 13, 2013 at 8:05 AM
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We don't eat bread, so there's no sandwiches here. 

We make homemade grain-free flatbread pizzas that the kids fold and eat like a quesadilla.

  My DD is big into salads.

by Sarah on Sep. 13, 2013 at 8:16 AM
I use wraps a lot
Whole grain
Tomatoe basil
Then the possibility of ingredients Are endless
by on Sep. 13, 2013 at 8:28 AM

I don't pack my kids lunch, they eat at school, but on the weekends, my oldest son loves a fruit and veggie plate for lunch.  The other son, no deal, he wants a Nutella sandwich LOL

by on Sep. 13, 2013 at 8:52 AM
My son always has fresh fruit and cheese. And he likes his sandwiches lol
by Ticia on Sep. 13, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Fruits, veggies, cheese and crackers, yogurt, etc.

by Member on Sep. 13, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Dips and veggie, meat, cheese, bread sticks. Healthy muffins, leftovers that can be eaten cold. Sandwiches are a rarity in my home.

by Bronze Member on Sep. 13, 2013 at 9:32 AM
Um.. A wrap
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