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    Thanks Sara, Its that time again in 2wks my ds will be packing his lunches again. You would think after 2 others packing there lunches thru school I'd get some "new" idea's but I can go as "brain-dead" as my teen when it comes to school lunches especially by the middle of the year

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    Question what to pack for DD's lunch?!!

    My DD just started kindergarten and I have been making her lunch everyday. The problem is she can't eat sandwiches all year! Do any of you have any suggestions as to what else I can send in her lunch box? I can't really send things that need to be hot because by the time she had lunch it would be cold. Any ideas would be so great!

    Thanks!

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    How about making chicken salad (or any kind of sandwich salad~I just don't think sliced foods will work here) and put them into the mini taco shells, or with little taco shells so you child can scoop them, would also work with tortilla chips..
    Or rolls up sandwiches or in pita pockets or some variety..

    I have done pasta from the night before heated and put in a thermos.

    Salad (dressing in a small container) either regular or like a chef salad, if lettuce isn't a favorite thing..

    Cut up chicken strips, carrot and celery with ranch dressing or some kind of dip..

    I am looking for some more idea too.... so I am waiting to see what others have to say..

    Eileen

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    I need this thread too! My dd officially starts tomorrow. I need to pack 2 snacks and a lunch. I have no idea how much to give her and how to fit it all in there. I mean a thermos and a juice box or jut a thermos full? Ugh....the things we need to learn by trial and error

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    I have a 6 yr old that won't eat crust, I cut the crust off, put on the PB&J or meat or cheese, whatever and roll it like a jelly roll. Then I cut it on the diagonal. He loves them. He eats it all....

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    you know what is a good thing for lunches is the ziploc containers, they have one that has 3 different compartments (reminds me of a lunchable) and that is a good gage for what to pack for lunch a place for sandwich or main part of lunch and then 2 smaller compartments.. and then the sandwich doesn't get squished.. and then if she has 2 snacks then pack 2 extra things..

    And depening on what snacks you pack I think can tell you how much the child needs to drink like if you pack watermelon as a snack they don't really need a drink since it is so full of liquid but if you pack chips you definitely need a drink..

    Good luck I only have 1 in school all the time but the triplets will be going full days next year and I will be making a lot more lunches (well I make them everyday at home but to make 4 lunches to go)..

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    That link does work! Thanks for pointing that out! It has some great ideas!

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    I use leftover biscuits when we have them in place of bread. The kids love them and their friends are always trying to trade for them. I will put meat and cheese or a little bit of egg salad on them and they a rea HIT!

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    I used to love when my mom would use cookie cutters on my sandwiches for fun shapes or cut my sandwich into 4 triangles without the crust (like tea sandwiches)

    Also pasta salad might work.

    I read in a Vegetarian magazine years ago that a big muffin and chunks of cheese are a good alternative. They also were the ones that suggested the pasta salad. Oh, and pita sandwiches.

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    I got the newsest issue of parents today and there had some lunch box ideas....
    Here is the first one....

    Ham and Cheese Hot Dog
    stack 3 slices of ham, place a cheese stick on the edge of the ham slices and roll up. Place in a hot dog bun and add a little mustard if desired

    Eileen
    p.s. there are a couple more to come....

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    do it your self lunch..

    a smorgasbord of finger foods that your child can put together any way he/she likes....

    Pack 3 mini whole-wheat pitas, 2 sesame bread sticks, some baby carrots, 1/3 cup hummus in a small resealable container, 1 white and 1 yellow cheese stick cubed and seedless red and green grapes..

    Eileen

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    shake up salads layer salad in a plastic container that your child can shake up when it time to eat lunch..
    Here are some combos

    tasty taco
    1/4 cup salsa
    1/3 cup rinsed black beans
    3/4 cup lettuce
    1/4 cup cheddar cheese
    1/3 tortilla chips broken

    macaroni
    1/4 cup pizza sauce
    1 cup cooked elbow macaroni
    1/3 cup thawed frozen peas and carrots
    1/4 cup
    diced mozzarella cheese

    mandarin chicken
    1/4 cup drained mandarin oranges
    1/3 cup shredded cooked chicken breast
    1/3 cup sreamed broccoli
    1/4 cup chow mein noodles

    ~Eileen

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    sandwich switcheroo

    instead of:
    pb&j try pb and apples
    turkey with mayo try turkey and french dressing
    tuna salad with celery try chicken salad with grapes
    bologna try chicken hot dog

    ~Eileen

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