Ideas for packed lunches

Confession: I always start out the school year with grand ideas for great variety in my children’s packed lunches; and sometime near January I find I’ve fallen into a rut—a.k.a. “same-same every day, all along the way…”

Would you help me prevent the slump by sharing some of your favorites?

My tech support guy* created this wonderful interactive table for me, below, in which you may share your ideas with the class! Don’t be shy; it looks complicated but it’s not. Just click and type.

*(I really like my tech support guy. I’m considering proposing marriage, but that may be premature; I don’t want to freak him out.)

What lights up eyes and fills up tummies midday? What’s simple? What’s nutritious? What’s new? Mommies are good at planning such things; so are teachers and working women! Let’s brainstorm.


Update: This sharing forum stayed open for one week, but now it’s read-only. If you want to add your ideas, use the comment section below the post.

Thank you so much for all the lovely options! I know why I asked you…

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10 years ago

I just got a book at the library yesterday called Weelicious Lunches. I don’t even have little kids anymore but thought it looked good for some new easy lunch ideas. I don’t know if your children eat bananas, but I’d always write a note on a banana before I put it in their lunch. Also, go to Pinterest and type in Lunchbox Ideas and lots and lots of ideas come up. Have fun – been there, I know it’s hard coming up with new things. 🙂

10 years ago

The above list is a bit intimidating for me already since my kids basically always have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (with Nutella 🙂 ) or left over pizza (after the weekend). This is certainly an area of my life that could use some creative attention. I’ll be checking this list again in the future!

10 years ago

I’m like Shaunda. One day it’s leftover pizza, if there was any. Another day it’s a ham sandwich. Another day may be leftovers and then “Thank You Jesus” for 2 days of hot lunches!

10 years ago

I keep coming back to check this and see what every one has added. I don’t have children in school–I’m a teacher doing my own cooking. Sometimes leftovers get a little scarce around here but so far there has always been something to throw in the lunch box before eight in the morning. More ideas are always welcome. =) Thank God and all the cooking mothers for a hot lunch every Friday. So handy! (If you want an idea for how to bless your child’s teacher [and your child goes somewhere besides FBCS] offer to pack her lunch sometime–that’s a big blessing!)

10 years ago

Oops! That egg salad sandwich with tomato soup and pickle should be grilled cheese. Not sure how the mix-up happened. Just warm the grilled cheese sandwich a little in the microwave or dip it in the soup and eat it cold.

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