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My girls - and I'm sure all kids - go through food phases, so don't lose heart, they may come around to those beans one day. BTW, beans have been a hard sell at my house too and RICE for some reason! Even potatoes for a while. I remember when dd #1 wouldn't eat potatoes, even mashed, and I thought, "WHO doesn't like potatoes?!" Well, now she does. A lot of times I think it's a texture thing for kids too.
ANYWAY, here are some more ideas:
Cheese quesadillas w/salsa, veggies on the side, and fruit. (You could also try sneaking broccoli or carrots that have been processed in the food hider, er, I mean food processor in them too, but that doesn't always work w/my girls - sometimes yes, sometimes no - ALWAYS a roll of the dice! Also, for variety (but the same food) is shredded cheese on the tortilla and just warmed in the microwave for a few secs and rolled up - "cheesaritos."
Any breakfast food, as mentioned in some of the other posts. Don't forget oatmeal if the kids like it.
Cheese ravioli or tortellini with butter, salt, pepper, and parmesan is a favorite at my house.
Tomato soup with: grilled cheese, or biscuits w/butter or jelly, or potatoes
Baked potatoes - pick your own toppings
Pizza (veggies can be processed, again, and hidden under the cheese)
Veggie and cheese sandwiches
My girls like frozen peas w/lunch or for a snack. And corn on the cob is fun. We even like it raw and that travels well for picnics too!
We also eat veggie burgers (you could make homemade ones or frozen), veggie dogs, "chick" patties and nuggets, and veggie corn dogs. These are our "junk food" I think. I realize they are not the best - and may be cost prohibitive to you if you are doing daycare - but they are sure winners and I'll use them once a week or so.
We also do "cold platters." I just load up a sectioned platter that I have with raw veggies, fresh and dried fruit, cheeses, nuts, w.w. crackers, or different chunks of bread and let them have at it. My children get really excited about these for some reason - probably because they get to pick their own and eat as much as they want. I'm usually pretty relaxed with this meal because everything on it is a good choice for them.
Veggie chili, veggie burritos.
How about casseroles or shepherd's pie?
Fruit smoothies - with or without yogurt - are good drink alternatives w/added nutrition boost that can be served with sandwiches. Or smoothie popsicles or juice popsicles are good snack/dessert items too.
Eggs? We like those occasionally for lunch. Scrambled, omlette, or hard boiled (they like to peel theirs) Quiche goes over well too. I like to make my own pie crust, but a premade one would work just as well and then the quiche would be really fast to make.
Fruit salads. Pasta salads. Egg salad sandwiches? (Don't know TOO many kids who really like these though).
Spanish rice - other casseroles with rice. These are the things I can't make yet... but the things I miss.
Well, that's all I can think of now. I'll add more if I think of more. Good luck!