I am especially out of side dish ideas. We don't do chips, because they are just of zero nutritional value, and only occasionally pretzels. There are only so many times you can have carrot sticks, however. We always send a fruit, but two pieces of fruit is too much, usually.
Any good ideas? No dietary restrictions except no pork, shellfish.
Of course, playing around with presentation might help. Cut the cucumber slices into hearts/stars/flowers/etc. There are a few websites/blogs I've been loving lately for inspiration. Or google "bento lunch" or "laptop lunchbox" and you'll probably get lots of ideas!
Steph, DH Jason (1-1-11), DS Owen (10-3-03) and DS Kai (10-13-11)
Hope that helps!
Mama to (DS 7) and (DD 5), wife to DH
As for side dishes, they'll vary depending on the season, the weather, prices and my mood. Generally speaking he'll have at least 1 piece of fruit, 1 veg, nuts and cheese. Sometimes he'll get yogurt (homemade), dried fruit, a cookie, pickles, carrots, celery, endive, etc. It all depends. Today his sides were a cut up apple, banana chips, wasabi peas with raisins and string cheese along with his cabbage rolls. Tomorrow he might have rice with his curry, along with an apple, peas/raisins, cheese and possibly a mandarin.
Cristeen ~ Always remembering our warrior ~ Our is 3, how'd that happen?!?!
We welcomed another warrior in May 2012!!
2012 Decluttering challenge - 575/2012
For the last year I have been doing lunches a bit more bento style and it has really helped. We have lock and lock boxes with tree little containers inside and I put something different in each one: mini slices of home made pizza, mini pasties (stuff wrapped in pastry), sliced raw veggies, crackers with soft cheeses, boiled eggs squashed flat when hot so the yolk isn't a big ball of dryness, bagels, pasta salads, fruit muffins, flapjack or fresh or tinned fruit.
Switch these around to match your tastes and food needs.
Hummus with carrot sticks
Hummus with pita bread
Hummus "tostados:" layer small pitas with hummus, grated carrot, sprouts,
sunflower seeds, chopped cucumber and tomatoes
Flavored cream cheese on whole wheat mini pita, top with sunflower seeds
Plain cream cheese, goat cheese or marscapone cheese on WW mini pita,
top with raisins or favorite dried fruit and chopped nuts
Spread bagels with cream cheese and top with grated carrots, cucumber,
sprouts, raisins and sunflower seeds
Spread WW tortillas with 2 tbsp. favorite nut butter, cut a banana
lengthwise and lay on one end of tortilla, roll up and cut in thick slices
Stuff celery with nut butter and dot with raisins
Stuff celery with cream cheese or goat cheese and dot with sunflower
seeds or chopped nuts
Apple slices spread with peanut butter
Apple slices topped with natural cheddar cheese
Apple slices topped with cream cheese and sprinkled with chopped walnuts
Banana slices rolled in chocolate powered sugar with natural vanilla yogurt
Any flavor natural (Stonyfield Farms, Brown Cow, etc.) yogurt topped with
homemade granola and chopped nuts
Broil slices of fresh or canned pineapple (peaches and plums work well
too) with a small amount of cinnamon and brown sugar sprinkled on top. Serve warm with natural vanilla yogurt or homemade ice cream
Brown rice cakes with nut butter and happy faces made with raisins or other
Brown rice cakes with a slice of natural cheese melted on top (slice of ripe
tomato underneath is good too)
Brown rice cakes topped with goat cheese, ripe organic berries, drizzled
with a small amount of honey
Cottage cheese mixed with chopped veggies or fruit
Cottage cheese with a small amount of natural yogurt
"Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift." -- Mary Oliver
I'm crunchy... Like a Dorito.
Mama to Sprout 4.09 and Bruises 7.11 handfasted to 9.07
I have dinner and breakfast down pat, but if i could JUUUSSST get lunch down, we would be saving SOO much money and getting SO much more nutrition into our diets. ACK! This is like the food holy grail for me, after i learn how to do lunch, ima go to heaven satisfied, lol.
*goes to visit the websites suggested*