This phenomenal list was compiled by the members of a web board of which I’m a member and it’s going to be a total lifesaver for me this year, when I’m packing daily lunches for the first time. Please note that I haven’t edited it, and none of these were my ideas. I’m also not saying I’ll use all of them, but it’s a fantastic resource and I’m happy to share it!
If you have ideas to add, let me know in the comment section! Might as well make it a huge resource.
beans and wieners
pasta with herbs and cheese
Pasta with lemon (olive oil, butter, dairy free spread, s/p, fresh lemon is best)
pasta with tomato sauce/meat sauce
leftovers from dinner
pancakes (rolled up in thermos)
mac and cheese
fish or chicken sticks/nuggets
yam fries/reg. fries
hot dogs. can be made into shapes.
rice with veggies (take out packs of soya sauce)
taquitos cut in half
black beans & rice
chicken pot pie
Cold lunch ideas:
Quinoa Salad with Black Beans
cream cheese & jam
cream cheese and cucumber
pea butter and or jam
tuna salad/salmon salad
Cold Pita Pizza (pre-shred/slice & freeze mozzarella & pepperoni + use pizza sauce in a squeeze bottle)
Cheese melted in a pita
fruit and veggies (with dip if they like):
apple slices -shaker of cinnamon & sugar to put on apple slices to hide the oxidizing apples, squirt of lemon works as well
salad with teeny container for dressing
frozen yogurt tubes
rolled up deli meat
pickles and olives
hard boiled eggs – can be made in egg shapers
Homemade trailmix: dried apricots, cranberries & raisins, chocolate covered sunflower seeds, pretzels, roasted sunflower seeds, salted pumpkin seeds, wheat berries etc.