Ro and Ree tried hot lunch at school and hated it. They begged to have “mama lunch” every day instead. So I pack them lightning-fast lunches while they’re having breakfast each day. The problem is that it’s only October and I already feel like I’m mindlessly packing the same few things Every Single Flipping Day. I need to make some visual menus of tasty things that are easy to pack and won’t spoil easily so that I can break out of this yawner lunch rut. Those menus worked wonders on our home lunches, and I’m hoping that I can modify them to focus on packable food and they’ll kick our school lunches in the pants too. Maybe I’ll work on that this weekend.
In the meantime, here are a few lunches that pass the Ro and Ree “we’re practically vegetarians” litmus test. They all include some combo of protein, starch, and fruit -- and the proteins are usually turkey deli meat, cheese (havarti for Ree and white cheddar for Ro), yogurt, peanut butter, hard-boiled egg, avocado, or nuts.
The Bagel Thins and Sandwich Thins they sell now are always popular. I guess the girls don’t like too much bread:
Buttered tortilla or tortilla cheese wrap-ups are good options. Actually buttered anything is. They would eat butter with a spoon if we let them. We keep Smuckers Uncrustables in the freezer for the mornings like today when the alarm doesn’t go off and we wake with only 17 minutes to get out the door (&*$%!!):
Cookie cutter shapes out of bread (like the hearts or the apples) always get gobbled up. For yummy apple slices, I cut the apples, put in a ziploc bag, sprinkle with cinnamon, and shake:
Hm, I’m noticing a lot of pretzel sticks in these lunches. Booooooooring.
Food markers always make them grin. And the girls love Trader Joe’s onigiri, but I usually pack it in the hot thermoses. They gave this room-temperature try a thumbs down:
We use these divided ziploc containers most days. I pack them in Ro and Ree’s insulated lunchboxes on top of big icepacks. I also do a few hot lunches in those squatty thermos things that have soup or parmesan buttered noodles. I guess I’ve never taken a picture of those.
So, help a mama out here. What are your go-to packable lunches that always result in big smiles and empty lunchboxes?
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