Sometimes it's hard to come up with new ideas for lunch. Here are pictures of recent lunches the kids have enjoyed.
It's a classic for a reason! Peanut butter on whole wheat bread, served with a small apple and baby carrots. I buy natural peanut butter to avoid the sugar and hydrogenated oils that are added to most brands. Whenever possible, I also buy tote bags of small apples, so the each kid can have their own without too much waste. They love to chomp into whole apples!
Another kid classic: macaroni and cheese. I make the traditional packaged version very occasionally for a quick lunch. I'd prefer the organic box, but my kids won't eat it. I served a scoop of mac alongside an apple and baby carrots on this day, too. One note about the carrots: I served them raw and crunchy to Lila, who is almost 5 and beyond the risk for choking on hard foods. I boil them for a couple of minutes to soften them up a bit for Deacon (just turned 3), and chop the boiled carrots for Ned (1).
Beet hummus on a whole grain english muffin with baby carrots. Yummy and colorful!
Leftover grilled chicken drumstick with brown rice and tomato/avacado salad. Lila is picky about meat, but recently discovered drumsticks and loves to munch on them. My kids are big fans of rice, too.
Black bean soup with a wedge of cornbread -- so delicious! There are tons of beans and veggies pureed into this soup.
The day after Deacon's birthday party we had leftover pickies, so the kids enjoyed "party lunch": whole grain crackers, cheese, fruit and farm fresh cucumber slices.
This was Ned's chopped party lunch: crackers, leftover grilled chicken, cucumbers and fruit.
Today's tip: If you are in a lunch slump try something new today. Feel free to borrow one of our ideas!