Once school starts up again you have to think of different meals to send 5 days a week! It can get tired some and boring if there isn’t much of a rotation of meals every week. Nut-Free meals and snacks also make it more difficult to create meals when you have to check the labels on snacks and ingredients when cooking.
To simplify things I use the thermos for warm meals (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CBFAE6W/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and the sunsella bento lunch box https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GSVR2V4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) I definitely add protein, vegetable and or fruit and a carb at times. I want to make sure my kids get full.
The rotation for protein may be: chicken, tuna, pepperoni, boiled egg or cheese. Once in a blue I’ll have left over steak. If you are making sandwiches buy a crusty bread, sour dough, something with more flavor than regular sandwich bread. It makes meals more exciting and tastier!
Chicken salad with choice of dressing on the side with cut up fresh fruit, dried fruit or veggies.
tuna salad sandwich/sub with pretzels and fruit or veggie
pepperoni with cheese stick, crackers and grapes/strawberries
homemade pizzas (I use Naan) I cut them into fours or strips and add chips and fruit or veggies
Italian sub with sour cream and onion chips and fruit
tortilla chips with salsa, cheese stick and chicken
veggies chips or crackers with hummus, fruit and cheese
homemade bean burrito (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/266064290469326128/) with tortilla chips
mac and cheese with slice of crusty bread
pasta with fresh shredded parmesan cheese and slice of bread on the side
rice, beans and chicken with a side of fruit
veggie platter – carrots, broccoli, babybel, ranch dressing, oranges and apples
yogurt with granola, cheese stick and crackers
chocolate chip waffles/pancakes with fruit such as strawberries or banana and syrup
black bean, cheddar and corn wrap with salsa dip, babble and fruit
popcorn, cheese stick, pepperoni and fruit
leftover pizza and fries
muffin with banana and cheese
boiled egg with popcorn, cheese, fruit
chicken, cheese stick, fruit and crackers
quesadillas with salsa or sour cream, tortilla chips and veggies
Check out my youtube video with more meal ideas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9tY1KYBaE8
These are my kids favorite meals. I mix and match to switch it up a bit. Enjoy!