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I just adore your blog. I pack a lunch for myself and my boyfriend everyday. I tend to keep my lunches easy (a thrown together salad and some fruit) I like to get creative with his. thanks for all the great ideas and tips! Can’t wait for another to see whats in store this fall!
Thanks so much! Parker starts third grade tomorrow…! And so begins another 180 days.
About the square thermos from India, they are not good. I got one when I went to India last time. The insulation is bad and the food was not even warm after 2 hrs…I hope you are relieved with this info.
Ah! Well, I’m sorry to hear that you thermos didn’t work. But I’m happy I didn’t try too hard to get one of them. Too bad, because a square thermos like that would be so great… If it worked… Thanks for letting me know!
I have the pickiest lunch eater! She only wants peanut butter and jelly or a pizza sandwich (which I made up). She only eats “pizza cheese” and doesn’t like lunch meat, like Turkey. She will eat salad too, but that’s about it. Where on your site can I find ideas for this type of kid? It’s SO frustrating. She is in 6th grade and lunch making is a chore I HATE now because she is so dang picky!
Hmm… So I wasn’t ignoring you. I was giving your kid some deep thought. Here’s where’d I’d start. It’s always best to buuld on what kids already like. Lunch meat can be hit or miss. Some kids think it’s slimy or has a strange texture. It’s good that she likes salad, so let’s start there. How about a chicken Caesar salad? I’d start by buying a rotisserie chicken purely for her lunches. That way you have “real” meat (not lunch meat) to work with. Get a variety of Caesar dressing you like. To make the salad, chop up a bunch of the chilled rotisserie chicken, then toss it with the dressing. Pack the dressed chicken on its own and have salad greens on the side. At lunch, she can combine them for a great and filling salad. If that works, build on that. Make the whole salad (greens, chicken and dressing) at home, but stuff it in a whole-wheat tortilla and wrap it up. If that works, try adding some cheeses and other veggies to the wrap. You now have three or four different lunches, all made from the same basic ingredients. There’s also plenty more you can do with that rotisserie chicken. Chop up some of the meat and toss it with bottled barbecue sauce. Heat it and pop it in a thermos, then pack it with a bun on the side. Barbecue “pulled” chicken on a bun! Now… Let’s back up to the peanut butter and jelly. We can build on that, too. Start by ditching the bread. Make her a PB&J using leftover pancakes as the bread. Then do it with graham crackers as the bread. Next, do it in a whole-grain hot dog bun, and slip a banana into it (lightly brush the banana with lemon juice to keep it from browning). If she likes dried fruit, you could sprinkle that in, too. Next, do PB&J banana “sushi.” To make that, just spread peanut butter over one side of a whole-wheat tortilla. Now Add some jam and a banana. You could even sprinkle in a few chocolate chips if you’re feeling indulgent. Now roll it up and slice it into 1-inch rounds — which will resemble pieces of sushi. They pack well and are easy to eat. Once you get her into these “different” takes on the foods she already likes, then it’s easier to introduce new foods. Let me know what you try and how it works! Good luck!
Thank you for this. My daughter and I can’t wait to start your ideas this weekend. I will definitely be book-marking your blog and buying Lunch Box Ideas. Oh how I wish I found you earlier before 4th grade.
My daughter also woke up at 4 this morning saying she was hungry. She made herself a hot-dog. Corrected her home-work and calculated it to make sure it was correct. Kids are weird like that.
Ha! Wow… My kid just complained that he couldn’t fall back to sleep. Got to trade him in for a model that checks his homework.
…and my daughter is a model.
@JM_Hirsch would Parker ever join the Master Jr. Chef? My daughter found another Food show to obsess over. Unfortunately she can’t cook like them.
Ha! I think Parker could hold his own as a cook, but I think he might freeze up under the pressure. We’ll find out next Tuesday. A TV show is coming to tape and the house and they want Parker in it.
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