Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Toddler approved packed lunch ideas

I know I am blessed in many ways, one of which is that no matter how annoying & fickle my toddlers can be at meal time, they are still considered amazingly good eaters when measured on the toddler scale from "lives on air" to "eats everything in sight as long as it isn't broken in half or touching anything else."

We are further limited by the school's rules which include no nut products and no meat.

It's still a struggle to find things that are consistently finished when I go to empty the lunch boxes at the end of the day. I only do easy peasey recipes. Here are a few vegetarian, nut free ideas:

Always eaten:
  • tuna & cream cheese filled puffs. The puffs are sold By Athens are come precooked & frozen.
  • Zucchini muffins (link to my recipe)
  • pasta tossed with olive oil, frozen corn, cherry tomatoes, & avocado (Awa doesn't like tomatoes, so she eats around or I leave out) and possibly cheese
  • whole wheat tortillas filled with cream cheese & spinach
  • Morningstar Farms Chik patties
  • leftover pizza
  • pizza sandwich (Awa takes off the cheese)
  • cream cheese & jelly sandwich
  • pancakes
  • raisins
  • string cheese
  • boiled eggs
  • cubed melon
  • oranges
  • jello cups
Sometimes eaten:
  • apples
  • bananas
  • plain cream cheese sandwiches
  • rice cakes
  • baggie of dry cereal
  • salmon patties
NOT eaten:
  • tomato sauce sandwich (surprising since it's the same as the pizza one without the cheese and that's what Awa eats when she removes the cheese)
  • chummus sandwich, unexpected since they both love to dip into chummus.

I know I am blessed in many ways, one of which is that no matter how annoying & fickle my toddlers can be at meal time, they are still considered amazingly good eaters when measured on the toddler scale from "lives on air" to "eats everything in sight as long as it isn't broken in half or touching anything else."


We are further limited by the school's rules which include no nut products and no meat.

It's still a struggle to find things that are consistently finished when I go to empty the lunch boxes at the end of the day. I only do easy peasey recipes. Here are a few vegetarian, nut free ideas:

Always eaten:
  • tuna & cream cheese filled puffs. The puffs are sold By Athens are come precooked & frozen.
  • Zucchini muffins (link to my recipe)
  • pasta tossed with olive oil, frozen corn, cherry tomatoes, & avocado (Awa doesn't like tomatoes, so she eats around or I leave out) and possibly cheese
  • whole wheat tortillas filled with cream cheese & spinach
  • Morningstar Farms Chik patties
  • leftover pizza
  • pizza sandwich (Awa takes off the cheese)
  • cream cheese & jelly sandwich
  • pancakes
  • raisins
  • string cheese
  • boiled eggs
  • cubed melon
  • oranges
  • jello cups
Sometimes eaten:
  • apples
  • bananas
  • plain cream cheese sandwiches
  • rice cakes
  • baggie of dry cereal
  • salmon patties
NOT eaten:
  • tomato sauce sandwich (surprising since it's the same as the pizza one without the cheese and that's what Awa eats when she removes the cheese)
  • chummus sandwich, unexpected since they both love to dip into chummus.

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2 comments:

  1. Glad you liked it :) I will hopefully update as I experiment further :)

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