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#1 of 3 Old 09-23-2006, 12:22 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Cross-Posting this from Dec DDC

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So I've hit that stage (30 weeks for me) where I just have lost all desire to think about food and making food. That is really unusual for me as I love cooking and feeding my family eventhough I never really eat much. I am doing okay with dinners, but having the hardest time coming up with lunches so (I am really embarassed to admit) that I have been doing a lot take-out and drive through which is not only killing my diet (I actually gained 4 lbs in 2 weeks - granted I've lost 18lbs and only managed to put back on 6) but is really hard on my budget.

Here's the problem - our schedules!!! On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, DS#1 goes to preschool from 1-3:30pm so I need to feed us before he goes. But, on those days we can also go to our community "Toddler Gym" where the boys can play with their friends from 10:30 to noon. Ideally I could pack a lunch and we could have a picnic on those days. My DH has them all day on Tuesdays (as opposed to just in the afternoons on Weds, Thurs and Fri) and does a weekly AP playgroup in the park from 10 to noon then they come pick me up from work so we can all have lunch together - usually we get take-out and eat in a park, but I would love to pack lunch to save $$. Then, on Thursday from 10-noon the boys and I have our weekly indoor AP playgroup then go meet daddy for lunch and they drop me off....confused yet?

So I guess in essence I am looking for easy to throw together lunches that I can pack in the car and either eat with the kids/hubby or have ready for them when they go home. We're all getting really sick of PB&J sandwiches and takeout. We are primarily veggie and I really don't like bread (boys and DH love it). Soups are easy but not terribly portable or easy to eat in the car/park (or at all for DS#2 at 21mos)

Here are some ideas I've had but haven't had the time to implement yet:

Pitas stuffed with vegs, hummus, baba ganoush, falafel, etc.

Rolled Wraps: cold cuts, cheese, veggies

Salads - but this coud be boring and I don't think the b's are old enough to appreciate a pile of lettuce so it would have to have lots of yummy stuff.

Yougurt, fruit, nuts and cereal - separate containers.

Can you please give me some ideas? My poor DS#1 has resorted to asking me for instant oatmeal before we go out because even he (at the tender age of 38 mos) doesn't ever want to see another "kid's meal". I always pack lots of healthy/organic snacks for the boys but I want them and DH to have something substantial to get them through the afternoon.

Jennifer (who yes, ate leftover take-out for b-fast and lunch today)
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I posted a reply in the other ddc...but I'll repeat:

Sandwiches--our favorite!
Dd and I really like roastbeef and avocado with Tomatoes...yum...
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Bulgar or couscous. I ate so much of my bulgar combo that I am not going to be able to eat it again for a few months-made myself sick of it. Mine way was to cut up some mushrooms, broccoli (if I had any) and baby corn and marinade them for a few hours (or minutes). Cook the bulgar and when that was done I would stir fry the veg, toss in the bulgar pot, and combine. Best part about that one is that it is just as good hot as it is cold.

What about homemade pizza? And why make only 1 when you can make 4? Cut up the extra ones and toss the pieces in the freezer so you can always just pull out a slice or two. Something that also doesn't necessarily have to be heated up before eating.

That's all I can think of right now.
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