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    1HotMama
    Thu Feb 03, 2005 9:39 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I'm so glad I found this forum! I have two very picky boys (ages 5 and 6). They are both in school but most days do not like what is served for lunch. Neither of them will eat sandwiches and are growing tired of peanut butter crackers.
    They won't eat lunchables either. Does anyone have any ideas?
    ladypit
    Thu Feb 03, 2005 2:04 pm
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    This is a tough topic that comes up from time to time, and one I struggle with too.

    My kids like cheese sticks (string cheese) with meat wrapped around them. I usually add some fruit and veggie sticks and pretzels.

    Sometimes the protein food is yogurt and then I add some crackers and fruit. Oh, and my kids like crackers and cheese for lunches.

    I'm on my lunch break but I'll think more and post more later!
    mermaidmagic
    Fri Feb 04, 2005 8:45 am
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    Hi 1HotMama and welcome to 'zaar.
    I run into this also, as my daughter isn't a "sandwich kid". I find that on days she won't order a hot lunch, packing a thermos works well. You can put pasta, soup, even leftovers from dinner here. Other options are bagel w/ topping, cheese and crackers, yogurt, hommous with whole wheat pita slices, applesauce, carrot sticks or cut up fruit and vegetables (with something to dip them in if that helps), home made breads/muffins or snacks that have oatmeal/fruit/vegetables baked into them work well. I've even seen whole wheat "roll ups" with peanut butter and banana in them, although you can modify the ingredients to make something fun and enjoyable for your little one.
    Anyway, these are just a few ideas that I hope will help. Will try to think of more ideas for you still. Good luck with this challenge!
    MSZANZ
    Fri Feb 04, 2005 10:46 am
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    I was here looking for the same thing. My kids don't complain too much but I am bored for them! The same old thing doesn't appeal to me. They get so excited when I find something new for them. This recipe ( #50772 )
    for a roll up has been a recent favorite for my daughters. I put them in the fridge and they eat them room temp. I used pepperoni instead of ground meat but you could also use ham or whatever your children enjoy. Good Luck!
    Michelle Dominic
    Fri Feb 04, 2005 4:50 pm
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    My daughter is picky too and goes to a school that had band peanuts and peanut products. One lunch that she does enjoy is crackers, cheese, cherry tomatos, and sasuage like polish coil, garlic coil or kobassa. I usualy put in a frozen yougert, apple sause, or pudding tube to keep thing cool and fresh.
    Mommy22ss
    Mon Feb 07, 2005 7:19 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    My son enjoys pepperoni slices with crackers and sometimes cheese. Both of mine are very picky too! My daughter takes a slice of buttered bread folded over, pretzels, cheese, and peanuts. Sometimes she'll take lunch meat rolled up or cheese and crackers. My kids won't eat canned fruit or applesauce but that would be good if your kids like them. Oh, I forgot, I usually put a granola bar as well for dessert.
    CRYSTALINA Haldeman
    Sat Feb 12, 2005 6:46 pm
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    1HotMama wrote:
    I'm so glad I found this forum! I have two very picky boys (ages 5 and 6). They are both in school but most days do not like what is served for lunch. Neither of them will eat sandwiches and are growing tired of peanut butter crackers.
    They won't eat lunchables either. Does anyone have any ideas?

    Why not ask them what they want or take them to the store and shop with them for their lunch stuff. By the way "lunchables" are icky icon_redface.gif !!!
    ladypit
    Sat Feb 12, 2005 7:19 pm
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    CRYSTALINA Haldeman wrote:
    1HotMama wrote:
    I'm so glad I found this forum! I have two very picky boys (ages 5 and 6). They are both in school but most days do not like what is served for lunch. Neither of them will eat sandwiches and are growing tired of peanut butter crackers.
    They won't eat lunchables either. Does anyone have any ideas?

    Why not ask them what they want or take them to the store and shop with them for their lunch stuff. By the way "lunchables" are icky icon_redface.gif !!!


    And VERY VERY high in sodium. But that is simply my opinion icon_smile.gif
    E.A.
    Mon Feb 14, 2005 6:55 pm
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    Hi - Here's a list of some of the things I put in my son's lunch. Maybe you'll find something that might work.

    string cheese
    individual wrapped square cheese by Land O' Lakes
    peanut butter sandwiches w/ the crust off
    cheese sandwich
    carrot sticks
    grapes
    edamame
    cut up strawberries
    blue berries
    orange wedges
    an apple
    left over pizza
    cut up cantelope
    fish crackers

    My son does not like celery w/ peanut butter, but will your kids eat it for lunch instead of PB and crackers??? Just a thought.
    Well, if I think of anything else I'll let you know.
    JillAZ
    Thu Feb 17, 2005 9:34 pm
    Forum Host
    Will they eat soup? My kids love to take chicken noodle soup or even (blech) spaghettios. They think a thermos is the neatest thing. What about plain pasta with some cheese and grapes or a cut up apple? Will they eat tortillas? Alot of things can be rolled up in a tortilla. Meat and cheese, just cheese, peanut butter, leftovers from dinner. I sometimes take tortillas and roll up lunchmeat and cheese and cut them into rounds. My kids think they are so cool! Just a few ideas!
    Roxygirl in Colorado
    Tue Feb 22, 2005 2:35 pm
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    I am always looking for kid food for lunches, so I love this thread. Lately, I've been packing a hard boiled egg, roll, apple, and dessert for my daughter's lunch. I did recently buy a small thermos and am going to try spaghetti o's, etc. I tried the recipe for Corndog muffins (corn muffins with sliced hot dogs) and she would be willing to eat them, too, but I have to find a cornbread mix that doesn't crumble so much (any suggestions?). I used Jiffy brand mix. My daughter did like taco quesadillas (ground beef with taco seasoning). Anyway, I'm getting some more ideas from this thread!

    Roxygirl in Colo.
    1HotMama
    Fri Feb 25, 2005 9:03 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thank you all for these wonderful ideas! icon_biggrin.gif I bought some thermoses and have been sending several different things for lunch and they love it. The thermoses I bought are very easy to open for small children and are very easy to eat from.
    They also have a removable divider bowl if I'm sending two different things. I bought them at Target if anyone else is looking for one that is not narrow at the top and is more bowl like. They fit perfectly in their lunch carriers with room for a drink and fruit or crackers. This makes it so much easier for them to carry. Thanks again for all the ideas and I'm looking forward to more. icon_biggrin.gif
    trishsull
    Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:44 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    My daughter likes to make a a sweet the night before to pack in her lunch. She takes refrigerator crescent rolls and puts a Hershey kiss in each one before rolling up into proper shape. When they come out she lightly dusts with confectioner's sugar. I think the sweet makes the same old lunch taste better!
    Michelle Dominic
    Tue Mar 08, 2005 8:42 am
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    I just made Ham And Cheese Scones #46158
    for my 6 year olds lunch box. One in the lunch box today and the rest in the freezer. I will update you on the results. Can someone let me know if the link to the recipe worked? When I click on to it I get my home page.
    Amberngriffinco
    Fri Mar 25, 2005 10:57 pm
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    My ds starts 1st grade in Aug.

    He will be getting applesauce or some other kind of fruit.

    I figure chicken nuggets or a pb&j sandwich. .other days cheese and crackers. Or a bagel with cream cheese and jam, or mini pizza's. He ISN'T into meat sandwiches yet, but I will vary the bread, rolls, bagels, etc.. for variety. I bake whole grain muffins and such, so I'll squeeze in the veggies (carrots, zucchini, etc..) THERE, lol!

    I figure eventually, he'll eat or starve. He is too picky to eat the cafeteria food more than 2-3 x month anyway.
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