Thursday, July 30, 2009

Packable Lunch Ideas

I've perused multiple library books on packable lunches looking for lunchbox ideas, but most have meals that are clearly intended to be microwaved - something my daughter won't be able to do at school. Her lunch either has to be cold, or packed to stay hot. (Indeed, Minnesota terminology for a packed lunch is apparently "cold lunch" - not the most appetizing name, especially in January.)
This is a list in progress, of foods that we buy (e.g. no preservatives, food coloring, etc) and which my daugher will eat (yes, she really eats tofu. Relishes it, actually.) If you haven't already guessed, my kitchen serves primarily natural, homemade and low-sugar foods. We do eat lots of nuts, but I am trying to avoid sending those to school due to the prevalence of allergies among children there.
  • Hummus and whole wheat pita
  • Cheese and bread, whole wheat tortilla, or crackers
  • Pita bread with things for stuffing
  • Yogurt and granola
  • Cottage cheese and crackers
  • Baked tofu with pita or tortilla and toppings (shredded carrots, spinach, etc)
  • Wrap with sunflower seed or bean spread, carrots, cabbage, other veggies
  • Cold soba noodles with dipping sauce
  • Hard-boiled egg
  • Samosas (baked)
  • Quinoa or couscous salad with garbanzo beans
  • Black beans, kidney beans, or garbanzo beans
  • Pasta salad
  • Cream cheese sandwich with/without cucumber or pepper or carrot
  • Cream cheese and jam sandwich
  • Vegetarian pasties - experiment with fillings
  • Bean salad and pita
Hot, in food jar
  • Tomato rice soup
  • Chicken noodle or chicken rice soup
  • Vegetable noodle or Veg rice soup
  • Lentil soup
  • Pasta with sauce, or with olive oil and cheese
  • Homemade mac & cheese
  • Beans, mashed or not, with tortilla and cheese on the side
  • Taco in a jar - layered or split taco ingredients, with corn tortillas
  • Lasagna
  • Chili, red or green
On the side
  • Fruit - Apples, pears, kiwis, berries, grapes, clementine, banana.
  • Vegetables, sliced as needed- carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, red bell peppers, cucumber, green beans, snap peas
  • Raw energy bars
  • Pickle - cucumber or other veggies
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Sweet potato chips
  • Steamed green beans or sugar snap peas
  • Dried fruit
  • Trail mix
  • Homemade granola bars
  • Brownies
  • Butterscotch brownies
  • Apple crisp
  • Sugar cookies
  • Gingerbread cookies
  • Banana bread
  • Sweet potato muffins or bread
  • Apple muffins
  • Zucchini muffins
  • Pumpkin bread
  • Pumpkin brownies or cookies
  • Walnut-raisin bars from Laurel's Kitchen
More: a list of lunch ideas from the Wedge Community Co-op. 

    1 comment:

    1. Wow Rosemary, what a great list! I am definitely going to send my son with some cucumber sandwiches and a "taco in a jar". Thank you for providing such an extensive list!

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