More Lunch Ideas and Some Food for Thought

It has been a BUSY, but fun-filled week around here! Our oldest started Kindergarten and our youngest had her first day of preschool. Rather than a weekly menu, I’ve compiled a list of lunch options that you could use at home or for lunch boxes. I focused on items you can quickly make at home.

Grilled Cheese
Tomato, Mozzarella & Foccacia Bread
Veggie & Cheese
Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese on a Bagel
Various Bagel Combos or Sandwiches
Soybutter/Sunflower/Peanut & Jelly
Soybutter/Sunflower/Peanut & Banana
Egg Salad
Tunafish or Salmon Salad
Ham & Cheese
Turkey & Cheese
Sandwiches on Crossiants
Apple Butter & Jelly

Cheese & Pickles
Roasted veggies, balsamic vinegar reduction and cheese
Ham & Cheese
Turkey & Cheese
Apples & Manchego Cheese with Fig Jam
Mozarella, Fontina & Asiago, could also add Sun Dried Tomatoes
Soybutter/Sunflower/Peanut & Banana

Quesadillas (Bean or Chicken with Veggies & Cheese, Dip in Salsa)
Chicken Tortellini Salad
Taco Salad
Creamy Latin Salad
Paula’s Italian Pasta Salad
Various Pasta Salads
Cold Seasame Noodles
Cold Noodle Salad with Ponzo Sauce
Japanese Cold Noodles
Chilled Soba Noodles
Spicy Sesame Noodles
Soup in a Thermos
Chili & Cornbread
Homemade Hot Pockets
California or Shredded Carrots, Cucumber & Avocado Sushi Rolls
Spring Rolls (have to roll tight or they can be messy)
Rice Cakes & Flavored Cream Cheese
String Cheese or Other Cheeses

Celery (Ants on a log: celery, peanut/soy/sunflower butter & raisins)
Cherry Tomatoes
Mixed Veggies & Dip or Hummus
Peas or Beans from a Garden/Farmers Market
Jicama Slices
Kolrabi cut up with a sprinkle of kosher salt
Vinagrette-based Coleslaw
Carrot & Beet Salad
Veggies in sandwiches, soups, quesadillas, pasta and other salads
Add Lettuce, Cucumbers, Shredded Carrots, or Sprouts to Sandwiches
California or Shredded Carrots, Cucumber & Avocado Sushi Rolls
Spring Rolls (have to roll tight or they can be messy)
Onigiri (Rice Balls)
5 Grain Crackers & Cheese (Baby Bella are popular at our house)
Chips & Salsa or Black Bean Dip

Dried (Check out the bulk section for a variety of ideas)
Fruit Salad
In Muffins
Trail Mix (also good way to eat various nuts if not allergic)
Granola with Dried Fruit
Watermelon, Red Onion and Feta Salad
Yogurt with Fruit and/or Granola Topping
Cottage Cheese with Pineapple or other Fruit Toppings or Sesame Seeds
Banana Rice Pudding
Apple Crisp
Homemade Granola or Oatmeal Bars
Plantain Chips
Apple Chips
Apples topped with peanut/soy/sunflower butter with a pinch of sea salt
Apples & Cheese

Mixed Berry
Delicata Squash
Mixed Oats & Cinnamon

Hopefully, this wets your appetite and sparks some ideas for your own child’s lunch! Many things on the list, make for quick dinners as well.

During the past week, my husband and I have helped out with the Kindergartner’s lunch at our son’s school. There is so much for them to take in during the first week and lunch is only one SMALL component of it. As we helped teach how to open milk cartons, open complicated packaging, and ease a couple displaced souls, we couldn’t help taking in what all the kids were eating and drinking. Both of our favorites was a little girl who eats her rice balls & steamed veggies with tiny chopsticks (O wants to set up a play date!). But there is also a lot of other things to digest. It reminded us of Jamie Oliver’s television show called Food Revolution, many of you may have seen or heard about it. The Food Network chef and award winning cookbook author, helped shape lunch food changes in the U.K. and is now passionately involved in a campaign in the U.S. Jamie’s cooking philosophy is keep it simple, delicious and healthy. For a little food for thought, I leave you with a few short clips to watch….

Change is happening, In August the U.S. Senate approved the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which adds $4.5 billion over 10 years for federal child nutrition programs such as school lunches and Congress is voting later this month. Share your support by writing your Congress Representative and/or signing Jamie Oliver’s School Lunch Petition -

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