I went to buy school shoes for my kids today, and guess what? Apparently I've nearly missed the boat, because they were out of stock on almost every pair my kids liked. And why is that? It's because other parents out there were way more prepared than I.
Here's my organizational contribution: this amazing list of lunch ideas I've compiled! I'm so prepared, I've got ideas to last... I don't even know how long. A long time, though.
Anyhow, over many years, members on a web board I frequent have added to this list and it's been a great resource for me over the past few school terms. Daily lunch packing for school-aged kids is a little bit of a soul-sucking job, and lists like this take the thinking out of the equation. I like that. No-Think Lunch Solutions. It's catchy, right?
We don't use all these ideas, but you might! And if you have some to add, please speak up, I'm always excited for new ideas.
Chicken pot pie
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/regular fries
Rice with veggies (even with take out packs of soy sauce)
Black beans and rice
Quinoa Salad with Black Beans
Bagels with coconut butter
Cream cheese and 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
Apple slices — with a shaker of cinnamon and sugar to put on apple slices to hide the oxidizing apples, squirt of lemon works as well
Salad with teeny container for dressing
Hummus and veggies
Watermelon and feta cubes together
Frozen yogurt tubes
Rolled-up deli meat
Pickles and olives
Momemade trail mix: dried apricots, cranberries and raisins, chocolate covered sunflower seeds, pretzels, roasted sunflower seeds, salted pumpkin seeds, wheat berries etc.
And take note that there actually is no fancy school lunch competition, so kids' lunches don't have to be a work of art every day (although if that's your thing, absolutely go for it!). Sometimes boring is a-ok.
(Or so I tell my kids.)