Packing lunch (almost) every day for three school aged kids is an adventure! I photograph the lunches and share them with my ah-mazing Facebook food group and I’m now sharing last years school lunches with my blogger friends. During the 2013-2014 school year, the kids were in 5th grade, 3rd grade and Pre-K. It was the only year where I had three kids attending the same school. What a treat for drop-offs and pick-ups!
Sometimes we gave them leftovers, sometimes sandwiches, sometimes random foods thrown together, sometimes thoughtfully put together… always with an effort to keep them fun, yet healthful. Hope that these lunches give you ideas for your own kids lunches.
**How to keep food in thermoses hot: Pour boiling water into an empty thermos and cover. While you are preparing the lunch, this will “pre-heat” the thermos. When you’re read to fill the thermos, spill out the boiling water and fill it with the lunch.**
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1. Tuna salad with scallions, sweet baby peppers, mini pita, kefir (frozen, acts as an ice pack until lunch) and girl scout samosas.
4. Cottage cheese with mix-ins: macerated strawberries, granola, yogurt, rice cake and sunflower seeds.
5. Turkey, goat cheese and thinly sliced cucumbers on TJ’s whole wheat sandwich thins. Corn on the cob. Homemade trail mix: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, craisins, raisins and prunes (great way to use up random leftover dried fruit and nuts)
6. Whole wheat wraps with peanut butter and apples, shredded carrots and green & red grapes.
7. Martins Potato bread with artichoke garlic cream (the little one got mayo), ham and munchee cheese, cucumber spears and apples.
8. Trader Joe’s pumpkin bagel with plain cream cheese, edamame, hard boiled egg and grape tomatoes.
9. French onion soup sandwich (bacon onion jam & brie on whole wheat) with shredded carrots, grapes and gogurt
10. Trader Joe’s spinach and chive pastawith string beans and parmesan with assorted fruit and Halloween candy.