I'm in need of some lunch time inspiration. I have a 5 yo, a 3 yo and a 1 yo who seriously eat like lumberjacks. I use to do sandwiches all the time but now my 5 yo eats at least 2 sandwiches, 2 oranges and a salad.. Shes a green bean to so you would never know it, last time I took her to the doctor he mentioned she was thin for her height, she is just extremely active. Its getting expensive doing sandwiches for lunch since my 3 yo and 1 yo have appetites just like their sister!
We home school but love doing picnics and hiking so portable is good but not required. Id love things I can make in advance because our days can be very busy. No allergies except to sour cream (I know strange but I have a serious allergic reaction, last time I got hives from sour cream even though I'm not allergic to anything else!) and my kids aren't really picky except they don't like things to spicy. Even my 1 and 3 yos will eat whatever sits still for to long. No one cares if its hot or cold, seriously these kids eat just about anything.
So any lunch time ideas?
Pasta salad. It makes a ton, is portable and depending upon what you put in it, it can be left out at room temp for a little while. Two favorites at our house -
And some that I found on Pinterest lately that we want to try -
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I agree on the pasta salad. I make one that is simply pasta tossed with olive oil and minced garlic, diced sundried tomatos and parm cheese and I like it best a room temp.
What about sliced chicken breasts? Easy to cook a bunch ahead of time. I like jerk seasoning on ours, McCormick makes a blend that is flavorful but not too spicy. I slice them cold for picnics and we eat them with our fingers.
Thought of another - quinoa with whatever dried fruits and nuts you have on hand. I am making quinoa with dried cranberries and pecans this weekend.
Yum!!! I will try that sometime soon. This sounds great. I generally mix my quinoa into my rice mix (which is a medley of many things.) I have never really eaten it all on its own.
Same here. Every time I cook dinner, I determine the quantity with lunch for next day in mind. Otherwise, it is too much to think about. It really saves time and energy to do it this way I think.