Lunchbox food

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Lunchbox food

Postby emzit » 30 Jan 2016, 06:35

So muncher is off to kinder next week... which means I have to start packing lunch. I've been dreading this day. I'm terrible at lunches. I usually eat the same few things in rotation or leftovers. I don't really want to send him in with sandwiches every day so has anyone got any recipes for good things for lunch boxes? Snacks, main lunch meal, anything and everything welcome! I am feeling very uninspired...
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Re: Lunchbox food

Postby mamapup » 30 Jan 2016, 07:36

Pasta salad, falafel, hummus and cucumber bits, cold leftovers of things he likes from supper, boiled eggs.

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Re: Lunchbox food

Postby emzit » 30 Jan 2016, 07:47

Pasta salad is the only thing there he might eat. He can't bear falafel, hummus, cucumber and eggs. He doesn't really like leftovers either. Hence my problem...
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Re: Lunchbox food

Postby Cofa's Tree » 30 Jan 2016, 07:53

Savoury muffins? Something like Kanga's cheesy muffins?
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Re: Lunchbox food

Postby Treeb » 30 Jan 2016, 08:49

Cold pizza. Crackers and cheese and random nibbly bits. Bagel with cream cheese.
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Re: Lunchbox food

Postby Kitcameron » 30 Jan 2016, 12:46

Would be eat wraps instead of sammiches for variety? Savoury flapjack? Pancakes?
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Re: Lunchbox food

Postby StJuniper » 30 Jan 2016, 14:19

I've been following Lunchbots on Instagram and they have some nice healthy/fresh ideas.
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Re: Lunchbox food

Postby StJuniper » 30 Jan 2016, 14:31

This is my list of ideas I wrote the other day when I was excited about registering P for kindergarten. Realistically, I will not be any good at executing it, but you know:

Lunches

Pita & hummus/tzatziki
Cherry tomato & cucumber
Greek yogurt cup
Blue/strawberries

Biscuit with sunflower butter and jam
Carrots and celery
Cubed cheddar
Apple slices
Oatmeal cookies

Cheese quesadillas with guacamole
Peppers
Peaches and pears
Cup custard

Crackers, sausage, and cheese
Broccoli and cauliflower
Grapes
Chocolate chip cookie

Chicken Salad and pretzels
Snap peas
Applesauce
Zucchini/banana bread

Boiled egg & muffin
Fruit cup
Orange wedges

Tortilla roll-up
Tomato soup
Cubed pineapple

Other ideas:
Tortellini
Dried fruit
Pumpkin seeds
Graham crackers
Cream cheese
Mini quiche
1/2 c couscous, olive oil, herb salt, 1/2c boiling water in thermos
Cantaloupe
Cucumber cream cheese on rye
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Re: Lunchbox food

Postby LucyLastic » 30 Jan 2016, 14:40

I asked a similar question in this post. C loves dipping, so hoummus is fab here. I make mini savoury muffins which are always a hit. I usually give her breadsticks & crudites with a dip or a sandwich/couple of muffins with cucumber/carrot/cherry tomatoes with a piece of fruit and a couple of little yoghurts. I am now missing a few spoons, however!
How about hot food? If they are willing to heat up food, you could put in a little person size portion of the night before's dinner, or make up a pasta sauce (good for sticking in extra veg) and freeze in large ice cubes, get one out the night before and pop in a small pot with some cooked pasta or rice.
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Re: Lunchbox food

Postby junglewonderland » 02 Feb 2016, 05:02

Going out on a limb here....what's wrong with packing the same thing every day? And why not sandwiches? Koala will get a Vegemite sandwich, piece of fruit and yoghurt every single day. Part laziness from me, and part pickiness from him!
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Re: Lunchbox food

Postby emzit » 02 Feb 2016, 09:36

He isn't a big sandeich fan is the main reason. They have nice food at childcare, and I do leftovers a couple of days a week and I tend to give them sandwiches once Kr twice a week only because they both just pick at them.
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Re: Lunchbox food

Postby junglewonderland » 02 Feb 2016, 11:55

Hmmm, fair enough. Could you just make a batch of pasta salad each week and pack that? Or pick one thing you know he'll eat and stick to it? Sounds like you have a lot on your plate at the moment, and finding lots of variety that he will actually eat will be hard!
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Re: Lunchbox food

Postby Kitcameron » 02 Feb 2016, 14:41

We only have to do lacked lunches once a week, as the girls do gymnastics at 11.45 -12.30 on a Tues so they eat part in the car before gym and part in the car afte, so they don't get too hungry before gym but don't eat loads before bouncing around everywhere, and also to try and keep CM awake until we get home afterwards lol. I'm afraid I'm not much use as they just get cheese spread sandwiches, fruit, cheese pieces and possibly a piece of flapjack if I've been organised. That sounds very cheese heavy doesn't it, oh well, it's only once a week. Anyway, what I was going to say before I started waffling, was that in the car is the only place my kids will eat sandwiches. Not much help for school I'm afraid though.
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Re: Lunchbox food

Postby DianeCooper » 20 Feb 2016, 10:33

I think children love colourful foods, as it is attractive as well as healthy. So you can prepare colourful food for them. You can also search over the web for numerous recipes for lunch for everybody.
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Re: Lunchbox food

Postby StJuniper » 20 Feb 2016, 11:59

Guys, the WEB! You can search the web for this kind of thing! Who knew?!?!?
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