Friday, February 23, 2018

school lunch ideas 1-7

I had all these school lunches posted individually, but they started taking over my blog (and my life, if we're honest). So I've put them together into a few MEGA posts so things are easier to navigate. We'll see if this was better... 

School Lunch #1 / Trial Run

James starts school next week, and I'm going to have to start packing his lunches. I've stressed a ton about this, but thanks to friends and Pinterest, I'm feeling a lot more prepared. Today I decided to do a trial run. It took me 10ish minutes max to get everything gathered and prepared, and I set the timer for 30 minutes to see if he could comfortably eat in that amount of time. I also wanted to see if x amount of food would be enough to fill him up. The trial run was a success! We did change a couple of things, though. Here's the "recipe" for future reference.

Note: the above photo is of the actual first-day-of-school lunch.

     12 Ritz crackers (Low Sodium preferred)
     3 slices (with our slicer), cut in half
     2 (1 1/2, really, as I made them for Jolie too) pieces lunch meat, cut with spice lid to get 4 circles out of each
1/3 c ish yogurt
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
(Opt) Treat: 2 Oreos


This was plenty of food and very much enjoyed. I had to add to the original number of crackers as he wanted two for each little sandwich. He also wished for more fruit, so I made it a whole piece. Besides that, it went really well! He was full in the end, and he was able to eat start to finish in less than 20 minutes! Trial run success! Yay! I'll be much less anxious about my boy eating big kid lunch without me now. Yeesh, growing up is hard for mom!

School Lunch #2

This lunch was made on the fly, as the meal I'd intended didn't work out at the last minute (who runs out of tuna?!). I'm nervous there isn't enough there to keep my kiddo full throughout the day. I sure hope there is! 

This meal is best prepared the night before-- what with the egg boiling and such. Just keep eggs and crackers separate and put the rest in the lunch box (in the fridge). Put them all together in the morning. 

Boiled egg(s)
Ants on a log
Dried fruit
Yogurt with sprinkles
Saltine crackers


School Lunch #3

Nice and filling and "very delicious!" :) The crackers and celery were ignored, as they apparently got tuna on them. Everything else, though, was absolutely gobbled up!

Tuna sandwich, Dino-shaped
     Sweet relish
     Whole-wheat bread
Yogurt - with sprinkles


School Lunch #4

Pizza Rollups 
     Flour tortilla (1)
     Pizza sauce
          Tomato sauce
          Garlic powder
          Italian seasoning
     Shredded mozzarella cheese
Yogurt with sprinkles


*Note: I made this the night before and in the morning, worried the pizza rollups were too dry (had absorbed the sauce). So I spooned a little dollop of extra sauce on each.

Also, when I picked James up he claimed I had forgotten to pack a spoon, which meant he couldn't eat his applesauce or yogurt and was consequently "so hungry." This crushed my heart, as it's one of the things I worry most about with him away from me all day. I felt so bad. But later, as I was cleaning out his lunch box, I found the spoon! It was there all along; he just hadn't noticed it somehow! I still felt bad, but less guilty for sure! Moral of this story: pack a spoon IN the bento container! He's sure to notice it then. Oy...

School Lunch #5

Meat and cheese kabobs
     Lunch meat (2 pieces)
     String cheese, cut (1)
     ^^ skewered on toothpicks (6)
Mandarin oranges
Celery with ranch dressing
Saltine crackers (8)

Root beer milk

Anything's funner on a stick, right?! :)

School Lunch #6

Peanut-butter 'sandwiches' on crackers
Yogurt with sprinkles

School Lunch #7

Zucchini bread muffins
Yogurt with sprinkles
Lunch meat
Dried blueberries

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