We were using sneaky chef for awhile around here which had some fun ideas for lunches kids would enjoy, if you feel like getting fancy! She had ideas for adding veggie purées to even convience foods kids like for lunch, like Mac 'n cheese, spaghetti o's, pork 'n beans, tuna fish sandwiches, etc. as well as homemade from scratch lunches. Anyhow, I am out of purées and haven't been cooking much lately with my stove because it has been so hot over the summer. Maybe start trying it in the evenings. when I have time I'll post some recipes from sneaky chef that my kids (and hubby & I) enjoy that are really neat, like mac n' cheese muffins, pizza muffins, etc. A lot of fun ones, even ways to make ahead your own convenience frozen food when you have time, like fish sticks,chicken nuggets, tator tots, and frozen crustless sandwiches, all with a "nutritional boost"
We do the typical easy quick lunches, like:
Mac n cheese
Sweet potato fries
Beef Mini Ravioli's
Canned soups (in the winter)
I will stock this in my pantry / freezer for quick lunches
We do left overs a lot. I might make a pot of soup or chili beans from scratch in winter. My kids will eat pbj, turkey and cheese, grilled cheese, and tuna sandwiches, and also quesadillas.
I add fresh fruit, steamed veggies, salad or raw veggies with ranch to any of these lunches.
we like hard boiled eggs at our house too and I will make a couple extra and keep them in the fridge for snacks. We also keep fresh fruit, veggies and ranch for dipping, and salad on hand. For snacks, we usually have a steady supply of grahm crackers, keebler multigrain club crackers, granola bars, raisins in little boxes, apple sauce, cereal bars, goldfish, trail mix, beef jerky, sun chips (only with sandwich lunches, after sandwich, fruit, and veggies are eaten
) cheese sticks, and yogurt. Typically we drink juice or milk from home, but I do keep a supply of Costco chocolate milk boxes and Honest Kids juice so that we can toss that in a picnic lunch for when we are going to do a fun field trip or a bunch of errands. For the same purpose, I do get those little frozen pbj sandwiches, but again, for when we go places, otherwise I make them myself, have them drink water at home between meals and snacks, milk and juice with meals and snacks.
other lunches they like:
egg salad sandwiches with fruit, a pickle, and carrot sticks with ranch for dipping
multigrain crackers, cheese, salami, pickles and sliced up apples (make your own lunchable)
banana nut bread with nutella, yogurt, and fresh fruit salad
bagels with cream cheese, hard boiled egg, cheese stick, fruit
veggie and lentil soup
homemade abc chicken and veggie noodle soup
turkey chili w/ corn bread
chicken and vegetable casserole
Ahhh...got inspired. Planning a weekly menu from sneaky chef for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, deserts and am going to start saving them on my computer so I can have a ready planned menu and just check to see if I got what I need...so far on the list, pizza bagels and tuna noodles are on my lunch menu. Forgot to mention, the sneaky chef fitness has some fun ideas for preschool / younger elementary school kids for P.E. and family fitness, family healthy eating examples.