Thursday, August 31, 2006

Moving beyond PB&J

Hi everyone! I have to make lunches for Evan this year; hot lunch is not an option at his school. I'm doing pbj and he's happy with it for now, but what else can you suggest that is easily portable? Thanks!

7 comments:

Jenn Hacker said...

A lot of times when Jamie needs portable lunches, he loves it when I get him the generic equivalent of Lunchables. Many of them offer carrot sticks and ranch dip instead of fatty chips, and have a drink and a small treat inside. Jamie also used to like it when I would roll a hot dog and piece of cheese up in a tortilla for him to eat with carrot sticks and/or celery, ranch dressing and a drink. Hope this helps!

annalu alulu said...

Will the teachers microwave their food? At our preschool, all the kids used to bring their lunches, and the teachers would heat up anything that needed to be heated. Many kids brought leftovers. Many brought lunchables. Eva sometimes had little pita sandwiches, carrots, grapes... (Now they all eat a catered lunch. It was a bit of a pain in the bottom for the teachers to heat up ten or so lunches, but they did it every day.)

Tara said...

They do have microwave access, but with a limited time I haven't sent any warm up food yet. A hot dog in a tortilla sounds good!

Tara said...

They do have microwave access, but with a limited time I haven't sent any warm up food yet. A hot dog in a tortilla sounds good!

Tooz said...

Something I liked as a kid was peanut butter, miracle whip (or mayo), raisins, and shredded carrots. That makes a nice, crunchy, slightly nutritious sandwich. Our kids rarely took their lunch--or, at least if they did, I don't remember it! I used to take a slice of turkey and cheese, myself, sometimes on bread, sometimes not. If it was really good and cold when I packed it, it was usually still cold by my 11:15 lunch time. Otherwise, I think I would be concerned about spoilage. You might try googling for lunch ideas. Good luck!

Jenn Hacker said...

Another thing you can try is turkey and cheese wrapped in a piece of leaf lettuce. It tastes better than iceberg lettuce, and you can use it to sneak in veggies. Also drizzle a little light or fat-free ranch on the turkey and cheese. Oh, and those 25-cent string cheese sticks are always a favorite at school, and maybe some fat-free Jello-pudding cups or something.

Have you tried the hot-dog and tortilla yet? That idea was borne of desperation on my part! LoL!

Just Julez said...

If Evan likes yogurt, try those Go-Gurts. They come in a plastic sleeve thing like baggie-pops. I would freeze them the night before and by the time lunch rolled around, they'd be thawed but still cold. They also helped keep other food chilled. Also, Wal-Mart sells disposable cups of dip for veggie sticks.

I worked in a school cafeteria for way too long, and my kids still brought something from home. One way I got my little ones to eat sandwiches was to get a big cookie cutter in an interesting shape (like a dinosaur) and cut the sandwich that way. You might waste some bread in the process, but if the majority was consumed, I'd call that a home run :)