New Lunch Ideas

Heather - posted on 01/06/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have an almost two year old boy who is a great eater. But I think he is getting tired of the same old lunches, and I am getting tired making them. Does anyone have any good and easy ideas for lunches so we can mix it up a bit?

Thanks so much!!

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Christina - posted on 01/08/2009

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I take a whole wheat pita and make a pizza but I let my 2 year old put the topping on it.  It only take a few minutes in the oven becasue it is so thin and my daughter loves it especially if we make the veggies into a smiley face.

Vanessa - posted on 01/06/2009

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My little girl loves Ramen noodles. I drain the liquid and I add corn and peas to it. Of course she loves cheese, crakers and lunch meat. Sometimes I make her sandwiches without the bread, just use cheese slices as bread with turkey and ham in it. 

Heather - posted on 01/06/2009

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Thanks so much for all the GREAT ideas! Evan will be enjoying his new lunches soon.  :)

Christine - posted on 01/06/2009

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French toast cut into strips, pb banana roll ups using wraps, pb & J roll ups using flattened sliced bread (flatten with rolling pin),  pancakes with friut or choc chips in it (cherry choc chip is my daughter's fave!) plain noodles with a bit of butter and parm shake cheese... All these work for my 2.

Emily - posted on 01/06/2009

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One other tip I just remembered. If you can prepare lunch while you're making breakfast, you can save some prep time at lunch. We basically make "sack lunches" most days (I have tons of little tupperware type containers that we use for everything). This way, there's always something ready if the girls get hungry before I remember to prepare lunch. And if we need to run errands, I just grab a couple containers and take lunch so we don't have to buy fast food while we're out.

Victoria - posted on 01/06/2009

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Try eating breakfast items, for lunch...muffins, waffles with fruit, or even pancakes and sausage, I do that a lot for my kids...
Sometimes I don't get around to making breakfast, so it is made for lunch, and they love helping cook! Get him involved in cooking... Great books out there.

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Emily's food tray idea works well for us and it's quick and easy because I just open a can of chick peas, cube some cheese, and toss in a couple small crackers (like Gold Fish).  I only use it every so often so that they stay excited about it.

Emily - posted on 01/06/2009

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Grilled cheese sandwiches, soup, cheese quesadillas, apples to dip in peanut butter, carrot sticks, celery with peanut butter, applesauce, small pieces of fruit, yogurt, mac & cheese, bean burritos, pb & j sandwiches, meat & cheese sandwiches, tuna/chicken sandwiches, cottage cheese, fruit smoothies...

Basically I just listed the things my girls actually eat and ask for. Often, they ask for a "food tray" where I give them an ice cube tray with a different thing in each section (ham, cheese sticks, yogurt, celery, small sandwich, etc) and they pick what they want from that... or at least pick the order they want it in, since they usually eat everything now. I always try to give them something to use as a dip to make things more fun (ranch, yogurt, applesauce, cottage cheese, peanut butter, etc.)

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