(Sort of long) backstory: my MIL watches my DD (17 mo.) a few days a week while I work (the rest of the week she's with my mom) and has been for many months. Sometimes my MIL takes DD on a half-hour drive to visit GMIL (her own mother) and when they do they all go out to eat together. This is a really important ritual for MIL and GMIL. I thought having DD at the restaurant was going fine; I send snacks that she likes and she can always munch on a cucumber or tomato or something from MIL's salad. Then yesterday, out of the blue, MIL said, "Well, I do order her Kraft Mac-and-Cheese to keep her occupied. I hope you're not mad." I guess unless DD is really occupied by her food she wants MIL to walk around the restaurant with her, which I guess she doesn't want to do because then GMIL is left alone.
We are EXTREMELY strict about DD's food, and Kraft Mac-and-Cheese is NOT ok. MIL knows that, but I'm not (very) mad, because she's being so generous to take DD and going out to eat with her mom is so important to her. I just wish she had come to me first and let me come up with an acceptable solution.
So my actual question is this:
What vegetarian snacks keep your LOs SUPER occupied? It could be a whole meal (that can be served cold) but doesn't have to be--I send a lunch that MIL heats up at GMIL's house. I thought munching on veggies or some dry cereal or whatever was enough to keep DD busy but apparently I need something that has that exciting factor that Kraft Mac-and-Cheese is such a master of.
Thanks for reading this whole thing and thanks in advance for suggestions!
ETA: We do eat dairy, not not all the artificial/chemical stuff that's in Kraft products.
Edited by annaknitsspock - 6/5/12 at 11:18am