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Would love to hear your lunch box ideas for fussy children please?

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plipplops Tue 15-Oct-13 10:00:02

DDs have hot dinners about once a week, and packed lunch the rest of the time. They don't seem to mind the routine but I'd like to give them some different things, at the moment they have;

Bread and butter (or crackers of I'm out of breadblush)
small box of grapes/strawberries
Cereal bar (one of the Organix ones)
Half a pack of crisps

Bread and butter (sometimes with lettuce, or crackers)
An apple
Houmus (to dip stuff in)
Half a pack of crisps

They have some different bits as one doesn't like cereal bars and the other doesn't like houmus etc. They both like tuna sandwiches which I give them sometimes.

I think it's a pretty balanced lunch but it seems to boring! I asked them this morning if they can think of anything else they'd like to have and all they could come up with was cakes/chocolate etc which isn't going to happen. They're going to have a nose in their friend's lunches today and see if there's anything exciting there I can copysmile.

Any thoughts? Also as I inevitably forget to make stuff the night before it needs to be fairly easy to organise in the morning...


JiltedJohnsJulie Tue 15-Oct-13 14:46:42

Tuna pasta salad. Can't believe your school allow crisps. An going to hide this thread so my DC don't see it! grin

plipplops Tue 15-Oct-13 14:54:24

What do you put in tuna salad? DD1 will eat spag bol, they'll both eat homemade macaroni cheese, and DD2 will eat homemade carbonara the two times I got round to making it, have never tried giving them cold pasta but they've seen other children eating it plain and not fancied it. Do you give them that instead of a sandwich?

And I think they'd let them have anything except fizzy drinks! It's a small quite middle class village school so I guess the kids generally have decent lunches or they'd be tougher on it?

JiltedJohnsJulie Tue 15-Oct-13 18:48:58

There's a recipe for tuna pasta salad here and yes! it's instead of a sandwich smile

Lookslikerain Tue 15-Oct-13 19:09:58

Cheese scones? My DS isn't at school yet but can be a fussy thing sometimes. He won't eat sandwiches hmm but loves a cheesy scone or a cheese and sweetcorn scone (bbcgoodfood recipe). I make a batch, freeze them then defrost for lunch. I've taken them on picnics so it should work in a pack lunch.

Lookslikerain Tue 15-Oct-13 19:11:42

I've also done cheese/ham pancakes and savoury muffins. Both transport well. I've successfully frozen the muffins but not sure about the pancakes.

mamij Tue 15-Oct-13 19:30:00

Try using wraps instead of bread too. Or cheese and spinach muffins.

JiltedJohnsJulie Tue 15-Oct-13 20:29:31

How about a slice of homemade pizza? If I'm sending them in with something that sort of contravenes the healthy eating policy, i find "but I made it myself" helps smile

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