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« on: August 18, 2009 08:06:31 AM »

its that time again..

Back to School time Smiley

I am doing yet another year of making the boys(11yo and 5 yo) homemade lunches.

And I am looking for some recipes/ideas that are a hit with kids.

Soup ideas too as both boys love soup during the colder months.

And any tricks that you have to keep foods at a good safe eating level.

We've done bentos in the past and I LOVE the bento thread-awesome ideas..just looking for MORE!!

thanks all!!
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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2009 09:58:10 AM »

This is more of a tip for the hot foods...

Get a wide mouth thermos.  The morning that you are going to pack the lunch, say soup or some hot pasta like ravolies...  heat some water to boiling.  Pour the hot water into the clean thermos and secure the lid.  While the hot water primes the thermos, heat the food to piping hot/near boiling.  When the food is ready (really hot) quickly dump out the thermos of hot water and fill with the hot food.  and replace the lid.  This will keep hot all day long until lunch time for the kiddos.

My son likes cold foods so every now and then he will just take a can of ravolies (pull tab) and a fork.  I know not the most nutritious but it will do in a pinch!
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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2009 02:24:41 PM »

Priming the thermos does make a big difference with hot foods.

I'm a high school teacher and I pack lunch for myself and my son every day. Our favorite main lunch items would have to be wraps using flour tortillas. We do the following types:

Grilled chicken with romaine lettuce, ranch dressing and maybe some shredded cheese
Ham and havarti (using garden veggie cream cheese instead of Miracle Whip) with a side of baby carrot sticks
Leftover fajita steak strips along with the onions and peppers and my corn and black bean salad as a side

I've also done cheese "fondue" for lunch. I put the cheese in his thermos and then pack blanched veggies, a piece of rye bread cut into chunks and maybe some sliced kielbasa. He loves fondue!

I spend Sunday afternoon doing some prep work. I make veggie snack bags, shredding cheese and lettuce, and sometimes, I'll make a casserole allowing for leftovers for easy lunches as well.


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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2009 06:06:24 PM »

I've never heard of heating the thermos first, I'll have to try that.  Never would have occurred to me. 

If you think there's a good chance you'll get them back (I know young kids tend to return with a only fraction of the items they left the house with Wink ) you can get those mini freezer packs to keep the food chilled. 
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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2009 09:07:30 PM »

I love bagel sammiches. Being half Jewish, my personal favorite is cream cheese and tomato slices. But, here's the kicker and perhaps a great way to entice a kid to eat it. I like to break up some Original Wavy Lay's potato chips (I love them sooo much!) and press them into the cream cheese first. Gives it a little crunch and a little salt and it's oh-so delicious!
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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2009 10:19:32 AM »

Prepare polenta & pour into an 11x13 pan to cool.  Then when it's solidified, cut out fun shapes with cookie cutters.  You can put all kinds of things on polenta - from marinara sauce to grilled veggies.
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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2009 05:23:02 PM »

I have no suggestions... But I'm here for the suggestions..  My first boy will be off to school next year, but My husband complains I don't make him lunches, so I may use these ideas for his lunch bag Smiley  So long as he actually eats the food I make, I'll keep it up LOL  Men and their desire for fast food.....
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« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2009 06:48:09 PM »

I was going to start a thread like this. I am glad I checked to see if someone had beat me to it.  I love the fondue idea. I am planing on making some bento type lunches. My daughter starts Kindergarten in a week!  Some ideas I have so Far
Bento- Edamame, Miso soup, hardboiled egg marinated in soy
Tomato soup with cottage cheese cucumber spread sandwich
"Lunchables" Homemade sesame crackers, cheese, ham, cherry tomatoes. and fresh fruit

Some additions
mini oatmeal raisin cookies
ants on a log (love em)
smoothies
cut a small apple in half remove core and fill with peanut butter and raisins. put the two halves back together.

Whenever I think about my daughter eating her bento lunch at school I am reminded of Claire from The Breakfast Club. LOL


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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2009 06:55:24 AM »

i love that movie..and i think of that part of the movie too when thinking about bentos..

both my kids have bento containers just need to make sure i keep the ideas fresh..
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« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2009 07:50:51 AM »

I found a recipe for pureed carrot miso soup. that sounds delicious. Is is just a basic carrot soup onion garlic, stock (dashi or chicken). pureed. then when you reheat it you add water and miso.
I also read a recipe for stuffed baked potatoes. A self contained meal. they kept them warm by wrapping in parchment and foil. then stuffing it inside a winter mitten that had lost its match.
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