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Friday, May 28, 2010

Lunch Ideas

When I hosted my Go-Gurt giveaway, I asked you all to leave comments about what you serve your kiddos for lunch, beyond the typical peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and macaroni and cheese. I got some great ideas, so thank you! Because it's easy to get in a rut, I thought you might appreciate some new lunch ideas, too. Here is a list of ideas, some that were left as comments and some that I wanted to add as well. Many are variations, but new twists make things interesting! Yogurt, fruit, and cheese are common sides.

  • Tuna mixed with mayo and shredded cheese, scooped up with crackers
  • Homemade Hummus with veggies and crackers for dipping
  • Ham and Cheese Rollups--deli ham and sliced cheese, melted on a tortilla
  • Hummus wrap--roasted red pepper hummus on a tortilla, add ham, cheese, and lettuce
  • Quesadillas--cheese between two tortillas toasted on both sides in the skillet; great for dipping in salsa, soup, guacamole, hummus etc.
  • PBand J Quesadillas--PB in tortillas, toasted, then dip in jelly
  • Pizzadillas--sauce, cheese and toppings in between tortillas
  • Flautas--kind of like a rolled up quesadilla baked in the oven
  • Peanut Butter, banana, and honey sandwiches (or try sliced apples instead of the banana)
  • Rolled up peanut butter sandwiches--tortilla with PB, and try adding honey and cinnamon sugar
  • Turkey, avocado and cheese sandwich.
  • Breakfast for lunch--Omelets, bagels, pancakes with PB and J, scrambled eggs with cheese and veggies
  • Supreme Nachos--use up leftover taco meat
  • Fishsticks
  • Chicken nuggets
  • Mini Pizzas--use english muffins or bagels, sauce, cheese, toppings
  • Homemade lunchables--Save a lot of money and sodium by making it yourself.
  • Let kids get creative and make their own sandwiches--Mac and cheese and pea sandwich, cucumber-ham-cheese, nutella-banana...
  • Noodles and frozen red grapes
  • Different salads
  • All afternoon we have a "snack tray" out with nuts, fruit, dried fruit, vegetables and sometimes pretzels, healthy cereal, etc.
  • Tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich
  • Chicken salad sandwiches
  • Tuna salad sandwiches
  • Mix in tuna or chicken with mac and cheese
  • Small subs
  • Ants on a log--peanut butter filled celery with raisins
  • Polish sausage in a bun (or hot dogs)
  • "Dinosaur Soup" aka spaghetti o's
  • Pita bread pizzas
  • Fried egg sandwiches
  • Tortilla, refried beans, and cheese heated up in a skillet
  • Egg tacos--scrambled eggs with cheese and veggies in a tortilla
If you have an idea that isn't listed, please leave a comment!


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