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Hi mamas,<br><br>
I feel stuck in such a rut when it comes to lunches. I am all out of new ideas. Breakfasts are ok and ds eats whatever we are eating for dinner ( which is usually 2-3 bites). He naps until about 2/3pm and so I always want a good lunch because it sometimes is also part dinner. He seems sick of the meals too because he seems to be on yet another hunger strike. Please let me know...... what did your toddler eat today??
 

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I'm no help, mama. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Today, mine ate a cereal bar and a few bites of my pasta salad and four bites of my grilled cheese sandwich.<br><br>
Have you tried doing the "toddler tray" thing where you fill a 6-cup muffin tin with different finger foods and dips?
 

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Today DS had chicken corn soup & crackers. Yesteday it was hotdog, sugar snap peas, goldfish crackers, and apple. Day before that, cheeseburger & french fries, banana.<br><br>
He pretty much has what we're having, unless it's grilled cheese b/c apparently if you melt cheese, it becomes innedible. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">
 

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Today my 17 month old had tomato soup with some shredded cheese in it. She had some organic bunny crackers to dip or float in it. And then some blueberries.
 

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DD usually eats more at her post-nap snack than at lunch. Lunch is usually a grazing of a few items. Today it was a few bites of leftover chili, a whole bunch of shredded cheese on the side and a clementine. Yesterday it was yogurt, nachos and an apple. Day before was hummos and pretzels with pineapple and a piece of cheese.
 

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I have a 21 month old and a 3.5 year old. Today they had a bean and cheese quesadilla. But my 3.5 year old only had 3 bites, and then about an hour later had two full oranges.<br>
We love to eat for lunch:<br>
Sandwhiches: tofurky, or avo and cheese<br>
bean and cheese burritos<br>
Leftovers<br>
soups and bread (big hit)<br>
pb and J<br>
veggies and hummus<br>
egg salad sandwich<br>
pancakes and fruit.<br>
Anything goes really.
 

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DD is 17 months and has hummus and crackers and a veggie (mostly broccoli) and some fruit almost every day. Some days I switch it up and have beans and quesadilla. I also do pb&J on gluten free pancakes. She LOVES the hummus and broccoli and would eat it at every meal.
 

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My DD eats a lot of frozen peas (either cooked or frozen!), rice crackers with hummus, and beans. I just buy canned beans (we buy the Eden's Organic ones that have no salt added), rinse them and give them to her. She loves them. Black beans and kidney beans mainly.
 

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My daughter is now 7 but I kept a journal of her diet for awhile when she was a toddler. Her favourites were:<br>
pasta with parmesan cheese<br>
peas<br>
blueberries<br>
rice crackers<br>
yogurt<br>
avocado<br>
cooked green beans<br>
cheerios<br><br>
I always felt badly giving her such a narrow range of foods but that is really all that she wanted to eat. I am happy to report that at least in my case a kid can eat pasta and parmesan cheese at least once a day for two years and still turn out okay a few years later <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Hummus on pita with sliced apples<br>
peanut butter and banana sandwiches<br>
leftovers from dinner the night before<br>
baked sweet potato and cut up chicken<br>
garlic noodles (pasta with olive oil that I cooked garlic in)<br>
quesadillas with a fruit or vegetable<br>
grilled cheese and tomato basil soup
 

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Lunches can be tricky<br><br>
Soup + crackers<br>
Half a sandwich [turkey and cheese, grilled cheese, pb&J] with fruit or applesauce<br>
Cheese, crackers and grapes platter [how fancy, bah!]<br>
Pasta salad [cold]<br><br>
Really I think anything goes. We eat a big breakfast around here, and lunch is normally a bit lighter.
 

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We eat European style with our big meal at lunch, so we have homemade soup, salad (often avocado or artichoke hearts or beets for DS) and then something like roasted chicken with sweet potatoes and peas.<br><br>
Our suppers (more like the American lunch in size) are always homemade soup with bread and/or salad. His favorites are sweet potato, baked potato, and butternut squash.<br><br>
DS is always hungrier at lunchtime than suppertime, so I find the European way to be so great for getting him to eat a lot of super nutritious food and getting him to eat new foods (like artichoke!). Given the same meal at supper he'd eat sweet potato and some chicken, maybe some peas. At lunch he eats everything (as much as me some days!) Then if he picks at supper, It's no big deal!
 

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Thank you for all your replies. I do serve almost everything that you mamas serve. I guess I need to let go of my idea of so much versatility. I guess if he only eats so many meals, I will just keep rotating them. But I do feel stuck in a rut when it comes to my rotations. Ds also thinks that once cheese is melted it is no longer edible!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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today it was black beans with garlic, half an avocado, and white cheese curds. she had two helpings of black beans. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">
 

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My DD is 14 months...<br><br>
Frozen peas boiled for a couple minutes<br>
blueberries<br>
apple slices<br>
peanut butter and jelly on homemade bread<br>
a slice of homemade banana, pumpkin, or whatever kind of bread I have around<br>
banana<br>
cubed and roasted sweet potatoes<br>
avocado slices<br><br><br>
I mostly try to feed her what I'm eating (usually leftovers or a sandwich), but if that's not possible, I go for one of the above.
 

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Today, we met DH at a Chinese buffet for lunch, so she ate a lot of noodles. A LOT of noodles. At home, when she doesn't want anything I offer (usually sandwiches, leftovers from dinner, or soup), my good backups are ramen or hotdogs. Not great, but easy to prepare & at least she won't be hungry. I don't offer them first, however, as I don't want my 2 year old eating like a college freshman. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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DD LOVES the butternut squash raviolis from Whole Foods (it's their brand), so she eats those for lunch almost every day. I will give her a side of peas, usually, but sometimes a banana or apple. She will seriously happily eat those every day, so I buy a couple packs (frozen) so I don't run out in between semi-monthly trips. Boring, yes, but v healthy and extremely easy to prepare and serve.<br><br>
Sometimes she has hot dogs w/ a slice of cheese, bread, and peas. We eat mac & cheese a lot b/c I love it, too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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You could try trawling through a daycare's online posted menus for more ideas, or <a href="http://www.todaysparent.com/craftsactivities/article.jsp?content=20080725_143732_4104&page=1" target="_blank">the Lunch Box Tool</a> might give you some inspiration.
 

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Yesterday was corn and cheese. Today was oatmeal with yogurt and applesauce. Our lunches are totally random.
 

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Leftovers from dinner. Today was ground beef in tomato sauce with some black beans and green beans added in. Half a pear (offered but not eaten) and several raisins.<br><br>
Don't look at our daycare menu for inspiration - it's horrific.
 
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