Now I am paying for all the hassle with a daughter who likes even less then I did. She won't eat PB&J but she will eat baloney. Heaven forbid I put cheese in her bag (although she loves it) because she claims that even with an ice pack, the cheese becomes "yucky". She'll sometimes eat ham, usually will eat salami, but never eats turkey. She loves grilled cheese but I can't pack that because it's "yucky" when it's cold (I don't blame her there!). Baby carrots are sometimes, crackers too, and celery is a no, no, especially spread with cream cheese or peanut butter! Do you see what I have to work with?
So I've been researching quick and easy lunches and although I may not have use for many of them, due to Miss Picky, I have found a number of great ideas the rest of you may enjoy. I'd also love to hear from you all dear readers what you pack for you picky lunch eater. It just may help!
My ideas for this coming year:
- Homemade Lunchables- crackers (my kids like Ritz), cheese slices (or not if they get "yucky"), and a favorite lunch meat such as baloney or salami (or turkey or ham, whatever your child will eat). Pair with whatever healthy food you can get your child to eat, such as fresh fruit and baby carrots.
- Homemade Pizza Pockets- My bread machine came with a great recipe for pizza dough but you could use refrigerator dough or your favorite recipe. Roll dough to a long oval type shape (for whatever size pocket you think is best for your child. This will take experimentation!) Spread with pizza sauce and top with whatever your child likes on their pizza plus cheese. Fold dough over creating a half circle shape (or calzone shape) and seal edges with a fork. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minuets if calzone sized. Less time if making a much smaller pocket. This is a recipe you must play with. I'm still adjusting mine as my pockets are still coming out bigger then what I'd want to pack my daughter. You can make these a head of time, reheat in the morning and wrap in foil to keep warm until lunch.
- Homemade muffins such as blueberry, zucchini (sneaking in veggies!) or apple packed alongside carrots or other veggies. There are so many recipes out there reducing the amount of sugar that with a little research, you can find something that fits your lifestyle. Most kids are more active at school so don't be afraid to give them carbs! They will burn it off!
- Cold noodles packed alongside fresh fruit and veggies. Cold noodles was my stable in high school. I LOVED them! My daughter likes them a little less, but sitting in her lunch box, they won't really be "cold" anymore. Use fun noodle shapes or spirals, then you don't really have to pack a fork! I think this will be a hit this year.
- Hotdogs- Cook them in the morning and pack alongside a bun or slice of bread, packets of catchup and mustard, plus veggies and fresh fruit. Or maybe you have a child that likes cold food. When I was younger I liked cold and frozen hotdogs. Give it a try!
- carrot sticks or baby carrots
- jicama (My daughter discovered this over the summer and loved it. It's crunchy and sweet!)
- celery sticks (add peanut butter or cream cheese for added nutrition)
- sugar snap peas
- red, yellow, or orange bell pepper slices (also sweet and crunchy)
- mini trees (broccoli)
Lunch ideas from around the web: