Wednesday, June 15, 2011

So... What's for Lunch?

I am currently sitting down to meal plan and am totally struggling to come up with some different lunch ideas! We seem to always fall back on the typical: Mac n' Cheese, Hot Dogs, P.B. Sandwiches, Sandwiches, Quesadillas, Chicken Nuggets....

I don't know about you, but I am needing a lunch make-over! I am so tired of the same thing!

Now that summer is here, I am sure many of you are struggling with the same thing. We need to help each other out! For at least a year I have been saying (As Katie and Alisha have also...) that we need to put together a "go-to" lunch idea list. This won't be a list of "recipes", but instead it will be a list of ideas to put on your meal plan for lunch.

It would be great if we had lots of participation!!! So, put your creative thinking caps on, and share with us!


Comment and give us your favorite lunch ideas that we can add to our "go-to" lunch list!

15 comments:

Amanda said...

Great idea for a topic, I struggle with this too! Here are a couple of ideas: Whole grain noodles with butter and parmesan cheese. "Toothpick lunch" cut up cheese chunks, meat chunks, fruits veggies etc and let them eat it with a toothpick.

Rachel said...

Leftovers, grilled cheese & noodle soup, tacos (easy with leftover meat), sloppy joes (easy to make ahead)........hmmmmm I think I need some new ideas too!!

We are the Smith Family said...

I'd post if I had anything.....I need ideas too! I have 2 2yr olds and a 1 yr old....the girls eat great but my 2 yr old son it an aweful, picky eater....HELP!!! The girls love sandwiches cut with cookie cutters that they pick....my son likes chips, nuggets, bananas and thats it! :(

mtucker said...

I was just thinking this today as I gave my son a PB&J sandwich. I take left over chicken and make chicken and cheese quesadillas, PBJ rolled on a tortilla, Smoothies. I saw a recipe today for cornbread muffins with a hotdog in the middle which I'm going to try as well.

Susie said...

A favorite is English muffin pizzas - English muffins topped with sauce and cheese and broiled in the toaster oven briefly to heat and melt cheese.

Muffins, yogurt smoothies, veggies and dip. (You can also slip things into muffins and smoothies that increase the nutrition -- like grated carrots to muffins, garden lettuce to smoothies...)

Eggs in the basket (or, as our family calls them, "toads in the hole")

Tuna melt. . .

ncmomof4 said...

We have "cold lunch" at least once a week. It is yogurt, slices of ham or turkey rolled and fruit. We also do Mexican pizza ( whole wheat tortilla with taco sauce and cheese.

Jos @ Organized Chaos said...

I love doing stuff with tortillas for lunch. Quick, easy, and D can help me make it {which usually means he chows!}. We make pizzas with our tortillas - throw a little tomato sauce, cheese, and whatever else on there. We usually put cut up tomatoes, a few onions, pepperoni (if we have some) and mushrooms. We also spread peanut butter on a tortilla and wrap around a banana and mow down, too (pretty sure I read about that on this blog!). We have tacos, quesadillas with whatever meat we have leftover, mushrooms or just cheese. Anywho - love this post! Am excited about new ideas myself! Thanks!

These Are The Days said...

We make English muffin pizzas too, but I don't have a toaster oven so I just toast the muffin in my toaster, add my toppings, and then microwave to melt the cheese (or stick it in the oven if I'm making something in there for myself). We eat a lot of ravioli with the Garden Vegetable Ragu (it has a veggie serving in each 1/2 cup) and I sneak vegetables in via baby food jars that I'm still holding onto -- squash, peas, green beans, whatever I grab.

Sarah Anne said...

I made a lunch today that was a hit! Alisha's ham and cheese tortilla wedges. They are super easy and kids loved them! I used whole wheat tortillas and baked them instead of frying them. They were wonderful!

Check it out here:

http://mealplanningmommies.blogspot.com/2009/04/toddler-meal-idea-ham-and-cheese.html

Sarah Anne said...

Soon I will be posting a "go to" list of Lunch Ideas!

True Writer said...

I don't have kids, but I work full time and some of the more delicious lunches I have found that are easy to make at work are:

~Nacho bowl (have nacho meat in a bowl (heat up meat), throw cheese (and other toppings(sour cream/salsa) on top) eat with a handful of chips
~Leftover crispy or grilled chicken, on top of a bed of lettuce (with favorite vegetables and dressing)
~Tuna sandwich
~Pizza pitas

emily1458 said...

Dashingdish.com has great healthy alternatives to the foods that most people crave! Great lunch options too :)

Trista said...

My go-to lunches for my son are a deli-meat and cheese plate with some fruit or some soup.

SayWhat said...

I use leftover grilled meat to make teriyaki bowls, throw the meat, sauce and whatever veggies you want in a pan for a few min and put on top of noodles or rice. Tuna or salmon patties (tuna, egg, breadcrumbs/crackers/rice, onion, salt and pepper bake or fry them until golden brown, egg sandwiches, I also add taco/sloppy joe meat/tuna to mac and cheese with peas/green beans to change it up, or if we have pepperoni chop some pepperoni, add a bit of pizza/spag sauce (or tom sauce with italian seasoning, extra oregano, salt and pepper) to mac and cheese for a different twist that kids LOVE.

Teresa Smith said...

What's for Lunch always seems to have me a bit stumped in the summertime. Everyone running in and out, wet children sliding across the kitchen floor from the swimming pool. I have opted for the Empanada or Hot Pocket lunches in the summer (easy to make ahead and grab and go). Or anything I can put on an english muffin which I started making myself. Mini pizza or tuna melt. Then there is "fun with a bag of chips" that go over really big -- a little sloppy joe in a bag of corn chips with lettuce and cheese, TADA taco salad to go.