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I love reading all of the yummy and creative ideas on the what's for dinner thread. I'm having trouble coming up with creative, quick, easy and yummy lunches for my girls. I have a toddler and a preschooler, and we sometimes get stuck in a lunch rut. Anyone interested in a what's for lunch thread???<br><br>
I'll start. Today we had homemade mac n cheese and sliced tomatoes.
 

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I highly recommend you check out <a href="http://www.veganlunchbox.com" target="_blank">www.veganlunchbox.com</a> - she has a great blog and cookbook with amazing lunch ideas.<br><br>
A fun thing we did today (my dd's both had friends over) was make snack trays. I put out a bunch of stuff: sliced cumcumbers, cherry tomatoes, olives, asst. cheeses, hummus, crackers, mini pitas, sliced peaches, strawberries, carrot sticks, celery sticks, avocado, etc. (basically cleaned out the fridge) and they made up their own plates.<br><br>
We eat a lot of soup for lunch. Eden foods makes these organic alphabet noodles that they love.
 

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I love snack trays! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Today for me was a big banana and peanut butter for dipping. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Today I had tempeh "chicken" salad on toasted rye with melted cheddar cheese and fresh tomato. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy">
 

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I made raw burritos: I smashed an avacado and added lime juice, tomaot and cilantro. I cut up some red peppers, more tomato and cilantro. We then used red leaf lettuce as the totilla and spred the avacado mixture and put the rest of the ingredients in the burrito. Lastly I poured a few drops of cold pressed soy sauce on top. They were so yummy. I even made raw chocolate mouse for dessert!!
 

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I carry my work to lunch. Today, it's faloney and lettuce on health nut bread, fresh corn chips from our nearby tortilla factory, a pluot and water.<br><br>
Snacks for the day include cashews (already eaten), raspberry yogurt and Trader Joe's Cashew Macadamia Delight Trek Mix (cashews, almonds, macadamia nuts, dried pineapple and dried cranberries).
 

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Today I had tempeh "chicken" salad on toasted rye bread rubbed with a garlic clove, open faced. I'm thinking about some watermelon, too.<br><br>
My toddler had leftover cuban beans and some corn off the cob. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Lunch lately has been a bit of this & a bit of that...Today was a hardboiled egg, a pluot, a handfull of cherry tomatoes & a few bites of leftover ww noodles w/ EVOO
 

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Left over homemade vegan chili with black, and dark red beans and lots of garlic. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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cold somen noodles (japanese super thin wheat noodles) with blanched brocoli , drizzled with soy sauce and sesame paste.<br>
and a peach.
 

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Corn and swiss chard fritters and a Pink Lady apple. Yum!
 

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I also had mock egg salad sandwich, but instead of raspberries (yum!) I had fresh cherry and pear tomatoes from our CSA. Then when the baby woke up from napping I had some of his cheezy chickpeas (chickpeas tossed with salt and nutritional yeast - sooo good). And a little later I had to give in and have some banana bread from our favorite local bakery. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy">
 

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Lunch for me is usually leftovers from the previous night's dinner, or something frozen from Trader Joe's (mmmm Vegetable Samosas.)<br><br>
I usually only have time to cook once per day.
 

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Hummus and avocado with tortillas. Grapes.
 

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peanut butter and banana on wheat toast.
 

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a big bowl of soba noodles in a miso/sesame/honey/soy broth with lots of shredded nori and sesame seeds.<br><br>
a side of edamame shu mei from Trader Joe's<br><br>
TJ's org, rasp yogurt for desert<br><br>
I have a cold <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/sneeze.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sneeze">:
 
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