School Lunches Revisited

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School Lunches Revisited
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Wed, 12-14-2005 - 12:57pm

I'm sure we mommies must post about school lunches from time to time, right? :)

I am looking for ideas for lunches that can be packed the night before, refrigerated and then popped into the backpack in the morning. I don't really like Derek eating the school lunches all that often. He has encopresis and needs to have a high fiber, high water diet, which he doesn't get at school. However, when I am rushed in the morning, he ends up buying lunch at school simply because I didn't have time to make his lunch. I wish I could just say that I will get up earlier in the morning, but I have been 'just saying that' for about a month now, and it hasn't happened! :0 So... he ends up taking his lunch about two or three times per week and buying the rest of the time. I thought it would be easier if I found something I could pack in advance.

We don't do peanut butter in our house because my daughter is allergic to nuts. I figure that sandwiches, such as ham and mayo would get soggy over night. Any ideas for me, Mammas?

Susan

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Wed, 12-14-2005 - 5:11pm
Could you pack the stuff for him to make the sandwich himself? Have the mayo in a little container or something?

Carissa
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Wed, 12-14-2005 - 11:16pm

Well now. That falls under the category of 'Why Didn't I Think Of That One Myself??" :)

That is a terrific idea, and I bet he would love it!

Thanks, C!

Anyone else have any original ideas?

Susan

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Fri, 12-16-2005 - 3:38pm

We do cereal alot and they love it :o)I send throw away bowls and they bring home the spoons

Also granola bars & yogart or bagle w/cream cheese & yogart. Both packed the night before stay well

Also cheese, crakers, & summer sausage stays wells

What about tortillas with ham & mayo - shouldn't get too soggy

Honey & butter sandwiches stay well overnight

Cold pizza

pita sandwhich and in the AM you can just squirt in the mayo

Same with sandwich - make the whole thing and just slap some mayo on in the AM real quick

Hope that helps some

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Sat, 12-17-2005 - 6:49pm
Hi,
Well, my kids don't eat sandwiches and I make their lunches little differently(I wish they ate sandwiches, which would make my life a bit easier). I am not sure what your DS likes to eat, but I pack an actual lunch in a container and my kids like that so that works for us. They can warm it up at school: Spaghetti with meatballs or meat sauce, chicken alfredo with any kind of pasta that your kids like, rice and meat(like thai chicken). I pack even soups, broccolli, small carrots, chicken, beef and broccoli, sausages...
I do cook a lot, and I cook from fresh meat and fresh veggies so I know exactly what is in their lunch.
I am not sure if this would work for you, but you could put it in a container in the evening and it would be Ok in the morning, the only quesiton is if he can warm it up at school.
I hope this helps,
Ana
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Sat, 12-17-2005 - 9:57pm

Leftovers would be perfect. I cook fairly often, and I have often thought that sending leftovers would be great, but I don't know if he can warm them up. I just assumed no, but since your school allows it, I will check.

Susan

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Thu, 12-22-2005 - 11:33am
DD's school has a microwave for the students to use also. Problem is..there is a long wait for it if everyone brings something to warm up from home. I send soups in those thermal containers on cold days, but that takes just as long as making a sandwhich in the AM. But I have found that DD likes to take salad. Throw some chicken or ham on it, tomatos, cucumber, the possibilities are endless. Then I send a separate container of dressing. I do this for DH also. It makes my mornings go a little faster to have it ready to go.
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Thu, 12-22-2005 - 11:03pm
My dd has a new wide mouth thermos this year that you pour the soup, or speghettios in and stick the whole thing in microwave in the am. You tighten on the lid when it is done and it stays hot until lunch. Dd loves it and uses it almost every day. It even has a little folding spoon that snaps on the lid.

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Wed, 12-28-2005 - 9:56pm
Tre loves salads. I pack a chef like salad and let him put dressing on it in school the next day. I'll add some whole wheat crackers and a special cheese dip (spicy....he likes that) or some cold chicken legs....he loves it. What about someting like that?

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