I'm really interested to get some discussion started on kid lunch ideas. Specifically, peanut-free, kid lunch ideas. As most of you know, Hayden is severely allergic to peanuts, so that really nixes a lot of foods/menus for us and totally rocked my world. I grew up on PB&J!
And as much as I appreciate how the "chicken nugget" has become a staple of our diets - I'd really like to branch out into less processed territory. I have no problem with side items - my kids have a love for fruit! And Corbin is truly an oddball with his love for veggies - especially raw spinach. Cracks me up.
But, when it comes to the "main course", I come up short! I have a few menus to alternate, but I'd love to mix things up with some new offerings.
As you post in the comments, I'll update this post with your ideas so we all can share!
**Here's what we came up with! Thanks ladies. I'll update as we get more comments.**
I'll go first. I saw this one in Parenting Magazine and tried it out last week - the kids loved it.
Banana and strawberry (or your kids favorite fruit) sandwich.
Basically just puree or mash banana and spread it like peanut butter - same for the strawberry (or you could use jelly, but I think the less sugar route is just as good). Throw it on some bread of your choice and Tada! It's almost like PB&J!
Breakfast for Lunch!
Several of you have mentioned serving Breakfast for lunch! An idea I think will get rave reviews from my kiddos. They love breakfast foods, and apparently a lot of other kids do too. Guess I just needed to start thinking outside of the box.
Serve up some Hummus
Laura gave me a great idea on FB to get in some extra protein with hummus and pita bread. A great finger food that I will enjoy too. Yum!
Baked Potatoes, Pasta Salad, and English Muffin pizza!!
Katie sent me some awesome ideas including pasta salad, baked potatoes (I can't believe I've never tried that one - I love baked potatoes), some great ideas for English muffins, and a ton more!!
Robyn's idea of making my own lunchables was a hit today! The kids loved making a "sandwich" out of their crackers, cheese, and chicken.
Gail likes to serve up leftovers from dinner - a great idea. Of course, this assumes that I A.) cooked dinner and B.) they liked it. Hehe.
Get out the crockpot
Yes, I need to pull my crock pot out more often. It's been neglected this month and I know my kids could appreciate some yumminess from it.