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KurriKawari Sun 26-Jul-20 17:50:39

DD12 is back at school in September. Only food on offer will be a "grab bag" of something hot like a panini, drink and cookie. They've suggested kids bring in own lunch to avoid cross contamination and queuing. I'm not keen on a cookie every day so thinking of sending her in with own lunch box. Any interesting ideas apart from sandwich/wrap, yoghurt and fruit? Thanks.

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MrsVMorgan Sun 26-Jul-20 17:53:17

I think it depends on her age! If she’s age 10+ I would involve her in the choice of what she has --and if she 13 plus get her to make it herself--wink

MrsVMorgan Sun 26-Jul-20 17:53:54

I think it depends on her age! If she’s age 10+ I would involve her in the choice of what she has and if she 13 plus get her to make it herself wink

OverTheRainbow88 Sun 26-Jul-20 17:55:21

Left over food from the night before, cold roast chicken, rice and chilli etc.

Veggie sticks and humous, dairylee dunkers are a hit here!

My son likes the same lunch most days and is quite boring. He has 2 marmite sandwiches, a hot cross bun, cucumber sticks with humours, about 6 chopped cherry tomatoes, olives, chunk of cheese, chopped grapes and sliced apple.

mindutopia Sun 26-Jul-20 17:55:23

I believe our school will be doing the same (or at least, the only options on offer so far are a 'packed lunch' of sandwich, etc.). We will do a lot of sandwiches (because I'm lazy and would really rather poke my eyes out than do a packed lunch every day - she'll probably get a couple days a week of school packed lunch because I'm happy to pay to save me from forgetting). But also thinking about getting a thermos type container to do stews (I make a lentil stew she really likes) or hot pasta. Cold quiche or pizza is another option.

OverTheRainbow88 Sun 26-Jul-20 17:56:01

A 12 year old in my Tutor group was allowed to make his own lunch... he had 5 choc bars!

Atalune Sun 26-Jul-20 17:57:25

Hot lunches from. Thermos?

Cold lunches
Layer salad that has a separate dressing pot then you add the dressing and shake it up. Layers or rice/pasta/rice/noodles then some cold chopped veg and then some cold egg/chicken/cubes of chorizo.
I’d do cold chopped new potatoes, then some green beans, some black olives, some tuna.
Cold pasta pesto with chicken and a big handful of spinach. Make a lemon pesto dressing.

Or more adventurous bready stuff-

I would try and do an all in one style affair. So a baguette with some of the bread ripped out, loads of cheese and tomatoes and ham.

Bluewavescrashing Sun 26-Jul-20 17:57:55

My school has struggled to deliver hot meals to classrooms at half capacity so I'm not sure how we will cope with full classes. Could you do a mix of school lunch bags and packed lunches from home?

BrieAndChilli Sun 26-Jul-20 18:00:47

Faves on our house

Wraps - chicken and lettuce, falafel, houmous and spinach, tuna and sweetcorn

Cheese and crackers

Fruit of various types. Chopped gets eaten more often than if they have to peel themselves

DD like the beetroot and sweet potatoes crisps you can get in tesco

Make your own cakes /cookies. Can make less sugar/preservatives and add in hidden veg eg carrot cake or beetroot brownies

Carrot sticks and houmous

Tortilla chips and salsa


Chicken chunks and a dip.

Small thermos for soup

Homemade pasty

Dried fruit/banana chips


Boiled eggs

OverTheRainbow88 Sun 26-Jul-20 18:16:04

Ohh boiled eggs is a good idea! Thank you

IveSeenThings Sun 26-Jul-20 18:22:44

I think most schools are having to go down this route, tbh, as many don't have room to space children in the dining hall/canteen.

GhostTypeEevee Sun 26-Jul-20 18:27:40


This could be my son too

OverTheRainbow88 Sun 26-Jul-20 18:30:34

The 5 chocolate bar one or the boring marmite sandwiches? 😂

DisgruntledGuineaPig Sun 26-Jul-20 18:35:42

We've also got to do packed lunches from September. I've ordered some thermos food flasks and will add in pasta, soup etc sometimes. A friend suggested baked potatoes in those thermos pots should still be hot at lunchtime as an option. (Then add a cold pot with something like grated cheese or tuna mayo to add to it)

My friends who have to send packed lunches in daily suggest you make sure you have extra lunch boxes/bags as they get lost easily. Label everything.

KurriKawari Sun 26-Jul-20 18:53:01

Thank you all the sound great. Using it as an opportunity to get her to prepare the food is a fab idea too.

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sleepismysuperpower1 Sun 26-Jul-20 18:59:44

our school is doing this to. A Yumbox would definitely be worth a look, we use it often as you can pack things like yogurt, noodles, dip for veg etc into the different compartments and it is leakproof.

biddybid73 Sun 26-Jul-20 19:00:07

There are some good ideas here

sleepismysuperpower1 Sun 26-Jul-20 19:00:18


thunderthighsohwoe Sun 26-Jul-20 19:04:48

A lot of children in my bubble this term bought sushi in.

(Primary, if that makes a difference)

thunderthighsohwoe Sun 26-Jul-20 19:05:03


managedmis Sun 26-Jul-20 19:07:09

Standard issue here :

Ham and chesse sandwich
Some sort of muffin/cake, with a healthy spin I. E. Banana bread
Cheese stick

Occasionally lasagne in a flask in winter

sergeilavrov Sun 26-Jul-20 19:20:49

My DS takes a bento box with a little thermal nested in it. He usually has sushi, miso tofu soup or leftovers and he’s obsessed with edamame with different flavours. He thinks he is very cool.

I just had a Nutella sandwich and a pepperami when I was a child. Got teased once for having olives. How things change.

fruitpastille Sun 26-Jul-20 19:30:00

I make mine a sandwich and they do the rest. I cba with adventurous options though. Fruit/veg/yog/cheese/biscuit or cake thing that they can help themselves to. DD11 makes pasta pesto to have cold sometimes. I would avoid egg due to the smell.

Starlightstarbright1 Sun 26-Jul-20 19:32:50

I wish I could find the picture of when I got my Ds - 12 at the time to make his own lunch .

It was a cheese dipper squashed in a lunchbox

Sabine123 Sun 26-Jul-20 19:50:58

My 12 year old son has packed lunches. He has a mixture of:

Pasta or rice dishes in Thermos Flask
Wraps - cheese / ham / tuna
Apples / melon / satsuma
Crisps / Tortillas / Popcorn
Tried yoghurts but they either explode or don't get eaten
Kinder Bars
Carrot sticks
Endamme Beans

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