school lunches that dont need to be heated

Toula - posted on 05/26/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son is gonna start nursery this Sept. I need lunch ideas that dont need to be heated. I dont want to give him only sandwiches it will get boring after a while.

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Melanie - posted on 07/02/2010

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My kids favorites were "lunchables" we made them homemade. Use shredded cheese or cut your own. Any kind of crackers. And any kind of lunchmeat cut into cracker sized peices.
mini uncooked pizzas. a cooked crust or a bagel. a small (snack sized baggie) of spaghetti sauce. and favorite topping that doesn't have to be cooked. and favorite cheese.
cold chicken parmigiana "sandwich"
homemade chicken nuggets, spaghetti sauce, mozzarella. Wrap in a tortilla (big enough to burrito wrap it)
any of these can be served with a peice of fruit and a veggie assortment. Cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks and celery with ranch.

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Can I just say that sandwiches only get boring if you MAKE them boring! In Norway, they have HUNDREDS of combinations for "smorbord", or sandwiches. They do it a bit differently. Rather than the traditional 2 slices of bread filled, it's 1 slice topped and thats it, like mini pizza almost (except not cooked). But taking their ideas and using in a traditional sandwich, the possibilities are endless. Use different types of bread, rolls, bagels, pitas, etc. Fillings include tuna mayo with apples or pickles, cheese and tomatoes, peppers (if he eats), or apple slices, coocked and cubed chicken mixed with mayo and apples, pita stuffed with tuna, strawberries, mandarin oranges, crunchy lettuce, etc.

Just use your imagination and his tastebuds as your guide! Also think about using cookie cutters to cut different shapes too!

That being said... Sandwiches are not the only thing you can send for lunches. For these ideas an ice pack is essential.

Homemade chicken nuggets (can make in advance and freeze, taking out of freezer in morning). Small chunks of chicken coated in crushed cornflakes or rice crispies (or both) and baked in oven, served with dip and veggie "swords" (sticks sound boring, cut veggies into sword shapes).

OR cold "macaroni and cheese". This is a meatless dish that is sooooo o good! Cook a cauliflower until soft (steam or boil) then puree adding small amount of butter and milk to make creamy. Add shredded cheddar and a hint of ketchup, just to make it look a little orangy. Cook up macaroni elbows and stir into sauce, making sure to not add too much (sauce must be creamy). So a perfectly complete meal, carb, veg, dairy and protein all in one (and pretty darn good too)!

Koreen - posted on 05/27/2010

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My kids always hated sandwiches. I would do roll-ups with meat and cheese and switch it up. A slice of ham wrapped around swiss, cheddar or american or use any cold cut for the same thing turkey or chicken around monteray jack or colby. If I make a roast or left over chicken I would cut into strips with veggies {baby carrots, celery, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes} and send in with a little ranch or french dressing for dipping. Take a lettuce leaf with meat sticks, cheese and thin carrot &/or veggie strips and brush of dressing and roll up like a wrap.
Also do fruit salad, macaroni salad {macaroni, diced chicken or tuna or amy diced meat, celery, shaved carrots, olives, hard boiled eggs diced and a little miracle whip just to combine. { you can also use mayo, or any creamy dressing as a swap out}
A nice veggie salad is also good I use tri color macaroni with hard boiled eggs, olives, celery, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, cheese and creamy caesar salad dressing or a lite vinegarett. In any of the salads I always switch out for different salad dressings. There are a million different ways you can make the same salad with a different taste just from the dressing. another favorite my kids loved when I would hallow out a tomatoe and stuff it with chicken salad, turkey salad, egg salad, tuna salad or a combination of egg and tuna mixed. Hope this helps.

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Monica - posted on 07/04/2010

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yogurt, cheese and crackers, cut up veggies and dip.

You could also purchase a small thermos and send soup, pasta or leftovers. Just heat up and put in thermos, will stay warm until lunch time.

Bethanie - posted on 05/26/2010

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If you have a way of keeping things cold, how about a fruit salad, pasta salad, wraps, yogurt, string cheese? My son also likes the Revolution Food Products that are all natural, prepackaged. It is a healthy "convienence" food for the days you want to switch it up a bit.

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