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Meals for a 3 year olds lunchbox

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HenriettaTurkey Thu 25-Jun-15 20:24:58

Our 3 year old attends nursery 4 mornings a week & stays for lunch.

Sadly though, he doesn't really eat much of the main meal so often comes home hungry. We are considering switching him to packed lunches as the nursery staff seem to think this would help.

I don't want to send sandwiches every day, especially as it's a nut free nursery and his favourite sandwich is peanut butter, but cheese sarnie once a week is fine.

So what I'm after is simple pasta/ couscous/ other lunches that can be prepared in advance but won't cost a bomb. Especially if we can have it as a hot meal and then freeze a portion for his dinner at a later date. Rice is not something I'd go for as I'm concerned about food poisoning.

Also would main, banana and yoghurt be enough?

Thank you!!

MarchLikeAnAnt Thu 25-Jun-15 20:31:46

Left over couscous and mediterranean roast veg (add a veg stock cube to the water you cook your Couscous for extra taste)
Falafel balls and dip

MarchLikeAnAnt Thu 25-Jun-15 22:51:52

Savoury muffin, scones, pitta and hummus, BBQ chicken pasta


HenriettaTurkey Thu 25-Jun-15 23:17:10

Love the idea of falafel! I bet ds would love them! Thanks!

spad Thu 25-Jun-15 23:26:23

Chopped cold meat, cubes of cheese and crackers

spad Thu 25-Jun-15 23:30:24

Pasta salad

spad Thu 25-Jun-15 23:31:02

Quorn cocktail sausages

HenriettaTurkey Fri 26-Jun-15 09:57:40

Thanks, spad, I'm definitely going to look up some pasta salad recipes. Ds struggles with bits of meat/meat substitute. (I think this is part of the problem he has with school dinners) so chopped up sausage wouldn't suit, but cheese bits might work!

grabaspoon Fri 26-Jun-15 13:03:32

If I do a packed lunch for the 18 month old I look after I do
Chopped up ham, sweetcorn, olives,breadsticks, avocado and philadelphia whizzed together either in a pot or on an ricecake, I sometimes do muffins or a loaf cake (this week carrot and courgette) obviously fruit,

HenriettaTurkey Fri 26-Jun-15 13:24:41

A loaf cake is another great idea!

dancemom Fri 26-Jun-15 13:32:28

Tuna pasta salad

A wrap

Cold wedges of omelette

Boiled egg pieces

HenriettaTurkey Sun 28-Jun-15 13:21:19

Thinking I may try homemade pizza too...

sleeplessinderbyshire Sat 04-Jul-15 22:15:07

My 3 year old loves cocktail sausages and party eggs so I sometimes do cocktail sausages/party eggs, cubes of cheese, breadsticks, carrot sticks and cucumber with a yoghurt and some strawberries/raspberries

Remember the role of the lunch at nursery is to promote social eating and to fill him up for the afternoon so if it's not a "perfect" meal it doesn't really matter as you can balance out any imbalances at tea time at home

dietcokeisgreat Thu 09-Jul-15 18:08:20

My just 4 yr old ds likes finger foods, won't eat any lunchbox contents that is a proper meal.
I do one of these options, always with some chopped up veg ( cucumber, carrot etc) separately.
Various sarnies with different bread/rolls/ wraps - likes best Salami, pates, humous. I find small soft rolls best consumed.
Pitta and houmous
Savoury muffins or scones
Sausage rolls
Cold pizza if available

Other favoured contents include babybels, raisins (small pot of nice fresh ones, not the tiny boxes with depressing dried up contents), chopped up melon, smoothie pouches, a jammy dodger or other biscuit, small bag containing some pom bears, humzinger/ fruit hero stick.

I think all this is ad good as a traditionsl hot meal, esp if they actually eat it!

HenriettaTurkey Thu 09-Jul-15 20:49:15

Great suggestions! Do you have a recipe for savoury scones or just buy them?

TiredOfLife Thu 09-Jul-15 21:26:35

I know everyone's suggesting hummus, but my daughters nursery don't allow it. I think it can have similar allergy issues to those with nut allergies.

HenriettaTurkey Thu 09-Jul-15 21:47:13

Ooh I'll check. Thanks!

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