Cross-Posting this from Dec DDC
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)