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CBA with packed lunches any more

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GreyishDays · 15/10/2020 11:03

Sometimes I just want to fling, rather than carefully crafting two or three different masterpieces.

What are your lazy products or cheats?

So far I’ve got string cheese and might try frubes or whatever those yoghurt are called.

I am prepared to make a roll and chop for fruit, just need a few more ‘bits’. Children will only eat a small roll or wrap and then get bored so the ‘bits’ need to be kind of half the lunch.

Thank you!

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Mindymomo · 15/10/2020 11:11

I am the same, but I’m doing packed lunches for adult sons who don’t want to go in shops before work. I get different bread, white, brown, granary and sourdough. One son gets tuna with pasta, peas and salad cream, or chicken with pasta.

BarbaraofSeville · 15/10/2020 11:14

You make packed lunches for adult sons?

Pity the poor women (or men) that they end up living with if they still believe in the packed lunch fairy.

EmbarrassedUser · 15/10/2020 11:27

I was thinking that @BarbaraofSeville Hmm

Bearfrills · 15/10/2020 11:35

Current favourites of my DC are:

  • wrap
  • cooked chicken (bought in a pack, ready chopped up)
  • Frubes
  • cheese strings
  • mini pretzels

They have bento-style packed lunch boxes. Wrap goes in one tray, chicken in another, cheesestring, handful of pretzels, bit of fruit or some cucumber, and a frozen Frube in the bag to act as an ice pack.
Howmanysleepsnow · 15/10/2020 11:36

1/4 of a shop bought frittata
Chicken legs
Slice of quiche
Mini houmous pot and carrot sticks
Buttered malt loaf
Baby bel
Boiled egg
Grapes/ apple/ satsuma/ cherry tomatoes
Mini cheddars
Granola bar
Pack of raisins
Cheese and crackers

Howmanysleepsnow · 15/10/2020 11:39

Basically, 2-3 fruit or veg, 2-4 protein, 1-2 carbs from the above (ds15 has 3,4,2; ds7 has 2,2,1; ds8 is somewhere in between)

Wtfdidwedo · 15/10/2020 11:41

My 2 year old takes a packed lunch and snacks to her childminder for her 9 hour day, and it's such a pain. We always have some or all of the following:
Sandwich with cheese or ham slices, popcorn crisp things, two Frubes, some blueberries or raspberries, banana, animal biscuits/chocolate coin, raisins

TheDuchessofDukeStreet · 15/10/2020 11:42

My DP takes a tin of soup everyday with an apple, banana, two kiwi fruit
Packet of crisps and a homemade muffin, biscuits or slice of cake. I batch bake. I sort this for him because he gets up half an hour early to take me into work. It’s easy to throw together in the mornings.

If you have some little pots, tinned fruit would eliminate chopping. And jelly could be set in them too, one boiling of the kettle for four little jellies. I batch bake but you could get some gingerbread men or muffins and freeze them and grab one in a morning. Ritz crackers, or cheddars, cubes of cheese and chopped ham to make those Lunchables things.

pinkbalconyrailing · 15/10/2020 11:44

from about 8yo my dc made their own packed lunch.
I just have anything in they need for it.
it's great not having to think a lot about it.

harper30 · 15/10/2020 11:50

@Mindymomo why are you making packed lunches for your adult sons?

NothingIsWrong · 15/10/2020 11:52

Packed lunches for adults? my 12yo DD has no access to the canteen at school at the moment. She makes her own lunch, usually some sort of pasta salad. The 10 and 7yo's put their boxes out and help themselves to frubes/cheese strings etc from the fridge and then I make a wrap or sandwich to add to it

AfterSchoolWorry · 15/10/2020 12:06

Why hasn't someone invented a service where they make the lunches and deliver them to your door on a Sunday evening? Confused

I would pay for that.

pusspuss9 · 15/10/2020 12:26

@Mindymomo why are you making packed lunches for your adult sons?

Maybe because she wants to? As an adult you can't keep saying to your children 'I love you' but you can show it in other ways. That of course doesn't mean when you make them do it themselves that it means you don't love them. We all choose ways we interact with our children. There is no right or wrong here. Those who criticise are just being right on. Stop being so sad and picking on people.

midsomermurderess · 15/10/2020 12:32

hyper30, that is not the pint of the thread. Why do so many people on Mumsnet join a thread then hare off on their own agenda?

pusspuss9 · 15/10/2020 12:38

hyper30, that is not the pint of the thread. Why do so many people on Mumsnet join a thread then hare off on their own agenda?

They need got prove their 'right on' credentials.

TheEmojiFormerlyKnownAsPrince · 15/10/2020 12:40

After school worry, I think there is a service that does that. Let me find it.

Back in a mo

OverTheRainbow88 · 15/10/2020 12:46

2 sandwiches
Cherry toms
Cheese chunk
Pepparami (twice a week)

Same every sodding day!!! If I try to deviate he won’t eat it!

Danni91 · 15/10/2020 13:10

Babybels/cheese strings
Raisins boxes
Cocktail sausages
Cherry tomatoes or cucumber sticks
Banana loaf

If im super lazy ill just give him a sausage roll instead of a sandwich

newnameforthis123 · 15/10/2020 13:17


Oh dear, you're setting up their future partners for a crazy expectation there. And not doing your sons any favours either, there are loads of things people don't 'want' to do that are just part of adult life and need to be learned in order to be a functioning, capable, self sufficient adult. Who don't think it's a woman's job to make a man's lunch because he can't be arsed.

Smallsteps88 · 15/10/2020 13:20


I am the same, but I’m doing packed lunches for adult sons who don’t want to go in shops before work. I get different bread, white, brown, granary and sourdough. One son gets tuna with pasta, peas and salad cream, or chicken with pasta.

Do they not want to go in the kitchen before work either?
OverTheRainbow88 · 15/10/2020 13:20


Would you be saying the same if making lunch for adult daughter?

NiceGerbil · 15/10/2020 13:25

Mine got school dinners for this very reason :D

They're 11 and 13 now and if they need a packed lunch we sort of day we've got this and that, and they do it themselves.

Re the adult sons thing. The point of the thread is that it's for people who find it a PITA. so if your kids are big enough and you find it a PITA then they can do it themselves.

Not sure what the love thing is about. Why can't you tell your adult children you love them? Why is putting yourself out a better thing to do?

harper30 · 15/10/2020 13:26

I agree with the last couple of posters, I'm not making comments to be 'right on', I genuinely feel that the way boys and men are treated contributes to the vast swathes of shitty men being posted about on Mumsnet. Men who are infantilised and expect to be treated that way by their partners. Whereas girls and women are expected to be responsible for their own shit, from a much younger age, as well as the men around them.
Granted I'm way off topic, apologies OP, but the comment about making adult men's packed lunches really touched a nerve.
And also to the PP who said you can't tell adult children that you love them, and therefore make their lunches instead, each to their own, but I'll be telling my DCs I love them forever, no matter how old or adult they are. I will not, however, be packing their lunches at that point.

Desmondo2016 · 15/10/2020 13:30

I do loads of stuff for my adult kids. Because I love them. I do it when I have the time and I expect them to help me out when they have the time and I don't. It's called family. And hardly the point of the thread!

I love taking a pot of cold meat as a snack alternative to a bag of crisps. I also like hard boiled eggs and a tub of salad cream for dipping! Carrot sticks and a tub of humous. I love a packed lunch, I do!

My three year old gets a ham sandwich, a chocolate bar or cake, a pepperami, a frube and two types of fruit. She normally leaves one or both of the frube and cake/choc bar, probably because she's the worlds slowest eater and runs out of time. Yes I'd love her to enjoy the carrot egg humous lean protein type of lunch and no doubt she will when she's older. For now she only really wants to exist on pepperami. 🤷

KrakowDawn · 15/10/2020 13:37

For all we know mindy's sons do everything else around the house in the evening and this is the one thing she does for them.

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