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<p>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!</p>
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<p>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.</p>
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<p>So any lunch time ideas?</p>
 

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<p>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 - </p>
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<p><a href="http://apartmentfarm.wordpress.com/2006/06/16/picnic-pasta-salad/" target="_blank">Picnic Pasta Salad</a></p>
<p><a href="http://apartmentfarm.wordpress.com/2007/01/18/winter-pasta-salad/" target="_blank">Winter Pasta Salad</a></p>
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<p>And some that I found on Pinterest lately that we want to try - </p>
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<p><a href="http://team-t-adventures.blogspot.com/2010/10/sesame-chicken-pasta-salad.html" target="_blank">Sesame Chicken Pasta Salad</a></p>
<p><a href="http://www.theparsleythief.com/2011/07/pomodoro-fresco-pasta-salad.html" target="_blank">Pomodoro Fresco Pasta Salad</a></p>
<p><a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/minestrone-pasta-salad/c79ed19b-a9b0-4eb3-9e06-5aa97d7718c6" target="_blank">Minestrone Pasta Salad</a></p>
<p><a href="http://weekofmenus.blogspot.com/2009/09/asian-bowtie-pasta-going-back-to-my.html" target="_blank">Asian Bowtie Pasta Salad</a></p>
<p><a href="http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2009/08/orzo-and-vegetable-confetti-salad.html" target="_blank">Orzo & Vegetable Confetti Salad</a></p>
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<p>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.</p>
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<p>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.</p>
 

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<p>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. </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Caneel</strong> <a href="/community/t/1349328/lunch-ideas#post_16934862"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><p>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. </p>
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<p>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.</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>skreader</strong> <a href="/community/t/1349328/lunch-ideas#post_16993298"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><p>Our standard lunch is the previous night's dinner.   Works for us & is pretty simple.</p>
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<p>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.</p>
 
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