Lunch ideas

Lorna - posted on 08/04/2010 ( 66 moms have responded )

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I run out of ideas at lunch time as I don't use cold cuts and am sick of making hot dogs. My kids won't eat KD and the only soup they like is chicken noodle. I do the routine of cheese crackers and fruit. I am wondering what you gals come up with for lunch ideas. Would be interesting to see how you all are getting around this issue.

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Montana - posted on 08/08/2010

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my daughter is going through a dip phase. her faves lately are grilled chick in bbq sauce, graham crackers in milk, ritz in peanut butter. she also likes when i pour corn muffin mix in a mini muffin pan and put a hot dog in it. its like a corn dog. just a different spin on them. idk..kids are hard when it comes to food. good luck!

Dawne - posted on 08/13/2010

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I suggest going to www.laptoplunches.com
I bought several of the lunch boxes, but you don't have to purchase anything, just check out all the ideas for lunches! My daughter (12) is a very adventurous eater, and I love to cook, so I'm always coming up with unique things to keep her interested and her lunch healthy! Hope that helps!

Kimmers - posted on 08/13/2010

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This is added onto LeLani Wilson's post. I have a friend that uses the thin sliced lunch meat, lays it out spreads cream cheese all over it then wraps it around a dill pickle, slices it in rounds and eats - SOO GOOD! I would never have thought I would like it but I do!!

Suzi - posted on 08/13/2010

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I spread refried beans on a wheat tortilla, sprinkle a little cheese and roll it up- then slice it to make pinwheels. They like it hot or cold. What is KD?

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Jenni - posted on 06/27/2012

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My son loves Mac'N'Cheese for lunch. Also PB&banana sandwiches, eggs, and cereal.

Rachelle - posted on 06/26/2012

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Pancakes, omelettes, chicken and fries, macaronie with a meat sauce. Make sure to cook up extra chicken or other meats and serve them that. Make them a vegetable sandwich if they like veggies( I make mine on pumpernickel bread spread cream cheese on it add peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes a little salt and pepper) French toast, I know they don't like kd but do they like home made macaroni and cheese it tastes way better. A vegetable croissant( send me a message and I can email you the recipe if you like) chicken fried rice. home made stew, pasta salad, potato saladBacon sandwich, club sandwich, poutine. Really the sky is the limit, sometimes you need to do some prep the night before but at least they will be eating something different.

Stephanie - posted on 06/24/2012

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Laura - posted on 06/24/2012

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Hummus and pita, hard boiled eggs, veggies and dip with a piece of cheese, bean salad, toasted tomato sandwiches, leftovers from last night's dinner, pasta salad, pancakes, omelets, cold pizza. As a new twist on hot dogs, my kids love "squid dogs"-cut some hot dogs in half crossways and break some spaghetti in half the same way. Have your kids stick the spaghetti into the cut end of the hot dog so most of it is sticking out. Boil these and presto: they look like little squids-this is great too 'cause it involves the kids in preparation!

Nicole - posted on 06/19/2012

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My kiddos love melted cheeses on and open face warm tortilla or sprinkle some cheese and tomato sauce on a bagel, put it in the oven and you have cheese bagel pizza and add a side of fruit! my kids eat sooo much fresh fruit and baby carrots dipped in PB is good too!

Amanda - posted on 03/04/2011

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Go look up recipes for potato pancakes! I am in the same boat and came across these recently ;)

Jama - posted on 08/21/2010

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Mix cooked macaroni and cheese with a heated can of chili.. A big hit at my house for kids ages 9,12,and 18.

Tracy - posted on 08/18/2010

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just wanted to toss this out. My kids won't eat soup either so what I did was get those fish crackers. I put them in the bowl, then poured some soup over top. Then I told the kids to go fishing. they ate everything up and even asked for seconds. They really liked Celery Chowder soup. It is super easy to make and lots of veggies but they didn't notice, they were too busy "fishing". other lunch ideas: meatless chili (super fast to make and very yummy), franks and beans, perogies, soups, crackers cheese and kubasa, pancakes with sliced strawberries in the batter (eliminates the need for syrup), bagels, croissants,

Tammy - posted on 08/18/2010

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I am going to try this idea of corn muffin mix over a hot dog.I love corn dogs!!!!

Beth - posted on 08/18/2010

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I agree with the english muffin pizzas....the kids can eat their creations. Side of veggies with a light ranch dip. At times I will cook a little extra for dinner and pack it for lunch the next day.

Heather - posted on 08/17/2010

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Tator Tot Casserole!
Preheat Oven @ Tator Tot specifications

1-2 lbs cooked ground beef, 1 packet of onion soup mix, 1-2 cans drained mixed veggies, & 1 cup of shredded cheddar or colby/jack....mix all together in casserole dish (I just use my cast iron skillet). Top mixture in pan with layer of tator tots. Mix one can of cream of mushroom (or other cream soup of choice) soup with 3/4 cup milk and pour over top.
Bake casserole until tator tots are browned.

Other options:
Sprinkle top with more shredded cheese.
Sprinkle Frenchs french fried onions on top.

*This recipe is easy to work with and change amounts of ingredients to your pleasure. I like to make a BIG pan so the whole family can eat it for lunch or dinner two days in a row....real time saver when you need it!

Shaye - posted on 08/17/2010

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I often do leftovers as well. Child size ravioli's with steamed peas or other veggies and sprinkled with parmsean cheese or a little honey mustard salad dressing. Pasta or rice with steamed veggies and organic sausage links cut up. Fruit mash ups (pureed fruit in a squeeze thing). My toddler loves those. Mini waffles with nut butter and jam or berries stuck on them.

Ambre - posted on 08/17/2010

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BENTO BOXES!
if you have children who are bored with their traditional school lunches try bento.
in japan the art of bento is virtually everywhere. they use rice, veggies, lunch meat, cheese and all other sorts of food to make elaborate pictures inside their lunch boxes. I make them for the children I nanny and i will for my kids when they are older. not only do they eat everything in the box but the kids at school constantly tell them how awesome they think their lunches are. it does require a little more work from the parent to make them, but i think doing those little special things is what makes childhood so magical.

here are a couple of cute bentos i found online
http://www.craftycrafty.tv/hello-kitty-b...

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_gZ2PdFpwrkA/SP...

http://www.lesjones.com/www/images/posts...

Misty - posted on 08/16/2010

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My daughter isnt a picky eater at all so i guess im luck lol but we do grilled cheese or peanut butter and jelly or peanut butter and bananas... sometime i make a quesadilla(dk if i spelled it right) we always get different kinds of tortillas so sometime we do green (usually spinach) or redish( sundried tomatoes) tortilla and use mozzarella cheese... those are always fun.. umm mac and cheese... or sometimes leftovers for lunch.. and breakfast foods always work...

Kristal - posted on 08/16/2010

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KD is Kraft Dinner. The original poster must be Canadian. In the US most people call it Kraft Mac and Cheese I think.

Great ideas for lunches everyone - I'm inspired!

Sandra - posted on 08/16/2010

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I agree with most of the replies. It really depends on if it is for school or at home. Lots of fresh raw veggies and fruit always, then I give most of the things I saw suggested. So not to add to things said already here's a new one that my Mom gave me. Creamed eggs on Toast or Creamed Tomotoe soup on toast. Real comfort food and easy to make fast.

Shaina - posted on 08/15/2010

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My kids aren't as picky but I have nannied for picky eatters. A couple things I've tried are...

Taco Pasta- Cook pasta(I use bowties) and set aside, brown a lb. of hamburger with taco seasoning, and add some milk and sliced cheese depending on how cheesy you want it. I mix all that together add some corn and serve with cheese on top. The kids loved it!
Also, I usually make a pot of beans, enough to last 2 days. I make bean and cheese burritos, I also will strain some and make bean cheese and spinach quesadillas, beans and rice with enchillads.
Tortilla soup is good too- First I grill 2 tomatoes and onions along with 1 or 2 cloves of onions. Blend them together with a cup of chicken broth then add to more chicken broth (usually buy a large container). Add shredded chicken bought or you can make yourself, along with corn, small cut up carrots, I also drain a can of black beans, small cut up tomatoes. Let it cook for about 30-45 minutes, and serve. We use tortilla chips, sour cream, cheese, avacados, tomatoes, and cilantro for toppings. We usually have this for dinner and left overs for lunch but if there isn't that much left we make grilled cheese sandwiches to go with it. Hope you find some of these helpful.

Tamara - posted on 08/13/2010

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My daughter loves anything in a wrap..lol..I also give chick peas as a protein to my son as well as perogies ,English Muffin pizza's are always good.

Robin - posted on 08/13/2010

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my formula for lunch is a protein, a fruit and a vegetable. We are big on bean burritos, salami and crackers, tuna and crackers, and ramen in a thermos. Also rice and beans is good in the thermos. A cut up apple with peanut butter or almond butter is great too. For veggies: carrots, cucumber or pepper slices, or leftover steamed broccoli. You can put frozen peas in a tupperware and they act like an ice pack and are thawed by lunch time.

Sherry - posted on 08/13/2010

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My boys like "Ritz Bigs." Ritz Bitz are sold in the store, but I make a bigger version using Ritz crackers with peanut butter in the middle. My 1st grader will eat 4 and my 4th grader will eat 5. I include grapes and a dessert like two cookies. Great thread!! Love all the other ideas!

Maureen - posted on 08/13/2010

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My daughter favorite lunch is corn and y add 2 slices of turkey is easy to make and a healthy lunch

Dawne - posted on 08/13/2010

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Here are a couple of ideas:
Peanut Butter and banana sandwich
Tortilla spread with cream cheese your childs favorite thinly sliced lunch meat and cheese and a dill pickle in the middle
Bean Burrito
Chili w/ fritos and cheese (if they can heat thier lunches)
Tuna Salad stuffed into a hollowed out Campari (small) Tomato (my daughter's fav)
Of course, leftovers from dinner the night before always work
Mac and cheese with hotdogs cut up

Kimmers - posted on 08/13/2010

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My kids love TOP RAMEN. My dad used to throw in veggies, hot dogs (or any other meat that you might like - canned chicken -etc), cheese, and top off with side of fruit and glass of milk

Jacolyn - posted on 08/13/2010

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We tried something new this summer...Veggie wraps...spread a thin layer of cream cheese on a wheat tortilla. Layer carrot sticks, slice grape tomatos, fresh spinach and anything else they like. I also add turkey sometimes.

Kelly - posted on 08/13/2010

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My kids love it when I do a grilled cheese and pepperoni sandwich with a little basil and garlic- almost like a pizza sandwich. Also, you could do "italian dunkers" as they were called at my school- hot dog buns toasted with cheese and served with a side of marinara sauce to dip. I try to make extra for dinner at night so I have leftovers to use for lunch the next day. If a make a roast, we will do bbq roast sandwiches the next day. Stuff like that.

Angela - posted on 08/13/2010

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We do chicken nuggets with a fruit a lot, but I also do instant potatoes with chicken or turkey (canned) with maybe some cheese. That goes over pretty well. Grilled cheese, ravioli, I also buy the banquet meals or mac and cheese.

Mara - posted on 08/12/2010

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Reheated leftovers from dinner
Grated cheese and butter melted into hot pasta, maybe add some veggies
Grilled cheese sandwiches
Tuna salad sandwiches
Chicken salad
Quesadillas (pan fried tortillas with melted cheese inside)
Crepes
Wraps
Beens and Rice
Carrot sticks, celery sticks, and peanut butter
Peanut butter and honey sandwiches
Steamed Broccoli Trees
I have no idea what KD is.

Mary - posted on 08/12/2010

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we almost always have leftovers for lunch. but if I don't have leftovers...speghetti (not a speller) with just marinara sauce, pasta salad, veggie tray, pb & j, chicken salad, pb & banana, salad, mac & cheese

Rachelle - posted on 08/12/2010

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have you ever tried veggie dogs? my kids love them wraped in pilsbury hotdog wraps...peanut butter and banana wraps are good too, just slice them and serve. What about breakfast for lunch? Blueberry pancakes made with ww flour and flax seed meal...

Jana - posted on 08/11/2010

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try quesedillas! some left over chicken bits, cheddar cheese and salsa put in between two tortillas. you can microwave it or put it on a frying pan. mine love it! and you can even serve them cold if they're going into a lunch box. the cheese solidifies and makes it easy to keep in a baggie or tupperware.

Julie - posted on 08/11/2010

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IKEA has a set of plastic conainers that are perfect for lunch boxes! this year they have green tops... and come all nested together

Judy - posted on 08/11/2010

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I was reading some of the ideas on this blog and was shocked to see how many mothers posted lunches with peanut butter. For the past 10 years our school has had a peanut and nut free lunch policy to avoid serious allergic reactions. My kids don't have food allergies but we manage to come up with other types of lunches and snacks. Our school is also in the process of enforcing a "wasteless" program which means no juice boxes, plastic ziploc bags, etc. to help minimize landfill waste.

Tegan - posted on 08/10/2010

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sometime i cook extra dinner, then we have left overs and i give my daughter the left overs from the night before. she enjoys that. or i make her vegemite toast or cream cheese. she has yogurts , fruit (banana, manderine etc) sometimes shes just happy to have mixed mash veggies. easy and quick :) even making spaghetti or something is quick and easy also health. go to www.taste.com thats a great site for some recipe ideas. hope that helps you ..

good luck :)

Ashley - posted on 08/10/2010

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he eats veggies and fruit as snacks. I don't really worry to much about that. He gets to choose veggies for super usually.

Christie - posted on 08/10/2010

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peanut butter and bananas sandwich, diferent veggies cuts up small with cheese and a wrap then the kids can add the vegges to the wrap or eat it seprate but they make the choice its fun and healthy,
tow of my kids favorite.

Ashley - posted on 08/10/2010

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i do a pattern of pb&J which he loves. pancakes are a good one also. breakfast doesn't have to end in the morning.

Giselle Georget - posted on 08/09/2010

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if there are no left overs, we often do grilled cheese or pancakes. I usually have some homemade soups in the freezer too or often mexican rice or meat sauce frozen in cupcake pans!! hope that gives you a couple of ideas!!

Mary - posted on 08/09/2010

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Rather than hot dogs, which are processed, what about trying low fat baked ham, cut like skinny fries into logs, with applesauce as a dip...
celery stuffed with peanut butter...
hummus with pita bread....
tortilla, folded in half with cheese, grilled, and cut into little sections like a pizza, with a little mild salsa and lite sour cream for dipping.....
raw veggies with lite ranch dressing....
eggs, hard-boiled, or any way....

as you might have guessed, my girls were into dipping their food...good luck!

Nicole - posted on 08/08/2010

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Grilled cheese and fruits-either banana, strawberries, blueberries or grapes, watermelon and catelope. Also like cheese crisps (melted cheese on tortillas), Mac and cheese with gold fish and one of the fruits I mentioned, all meat chix nuggets in the toaster over is a favorite and quick fix with their choice of fruit. BUT if I give them their choice-it is usually PB & J on wheat with gold fish or cheezits.

Autumn - posted on 08/08/2010

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We do quick and easy. My daughter loves PB&J and then we mix up he add ins. sometimes it's pretzles, yougert, fruit, chips, and crackers. I make sandwiches for school once a week and freeze them she tosses in what she wants in the mornings and grabbs her thermos from the fridge and is off to school. Her sandwich thaws just in time for lunch and keeps everything else in her box cold.

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