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 Post subject: Lunch Box Alert! Post Your Portable Kidfriendly Wins Here
PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:50 pm 
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I searched and couldn't find a thread for lunch box ideas, so I thought I'd start one! What are your favorite easy, portable kidfriendly snacks that survive well in a lunchbox? Bonus points if they are easy to make or assemble ahead of time!

We're doing lots of home school things out and about, so we're always on the go, and I'd love to make some yummy and healthy food, and avoid eating at restaurants as much.

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We've recently started taking packed food with us too, now that tiny wu is only taking one nap and we can be out all morning. Here are some of our hits.

Any kind of hearty salad in a small container--because they're good all jumbled up. tiny wu favorites are the OhSheGlows black bean and quinoa salad, black bean-mango-avocado salad, and the curried lentil filling from Vegan Sandwiches-- but by itself, not in a wrap.

Rice cakes with nut butter on them. Nut butter kind of sticks them together so they don't break as much.

Chickpea flour mini-quiches, baked in a muffin tin.

VWAV "Fronch" toast, cut into soldiers, nothing on it.

Raisins in the little red box, not a ziplock baggie.

Bell pepper strips.

Clementines.

Steamed green beans.

Baked tofu slices.

Apple slices.

I wish you guys were our lunch buddies! We've been sharing tables with lots of rye bread and smoked fish lately and some days I just can't even handle the sight or smell.


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I wish you were our lunchbuddies too! I love your ideas! I tend to be really lazy and just throw a container of hummus and a bag of chips in a backpack and go. And then we go out to eat because I'd rather she eats vegetables. So I want to take inspiration from you and do better! I love that Tiny Wu likes salads!

We are actually really lucky, in that most of our homeschooling family friends eat vegetarian lunches and we also have a few vegan homeschooling friends and a vegan homeschooler group, that gets together regularly for potlucks and general awesomeness. It's really fun!

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I don't have experience in this, but I follow a few folks on instagram that post their kid's lunches. I don't know if this helps, but it might give you some ideas!
https://instagram.com/michelleisvegan/
https://instagram.com/herbivoreclothing
https://instagram.com/forkandbeans

You could also search these hashtags #whatvegankidseat #veganlunchbox #vegankids

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Crepes filled with pb and j! They are good cold/room temperature, fun to eat and not messy.

Costco sells boxes of fig, raspberry or blueberry bars. They make a nice snack. My students love them.

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Oh I love the idea of crepes! We do glutenfree socca, which subs nicely and has a bit of protein. I would have expected them to be messy, so its good to know they aren't!

And we get the Fig Bars at Costco! They are great!

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As long as you let them cool before spreading on the fillings, then roll them up, no mess. I like them for while I'm driving, if only I weren't too lazy to make them more often.

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I am going to make these tomorrow! I hadn't thought of rolling them up, but that is going to be fun for her. If I cut them down a bit they'll be perfect size for toddler hands.

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I'm bumping this because like the weird over-planner that I am, I'm compiling a huge list of stuff that Peter likes that would be good lunchbox fillers. I'm not planning on buying a thermos for him this year so I'm sticking with stuff that he can eat cold. It's easy for me to get stuck in ruts so my hope is the list will help me send a variety of different foods so he won't get bored.

So if anyone has suggestions, I'm interested to hear them!

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Big hits these days are avocado and cream cheese sandwiches and cut up hot dogs. Frozen cherries, peas, and blueberries are still popular and now I pack them with an ice pack so they stay cold till lunch which she likes better than room temp.


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And tofulish introduced me to wholly guacamole individual packs from Costco. You can freeze them and they will defrost by lunch, very tasty and texture is still good.


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We've been doing rice paper rolls, which Leela likes, because I think she likes dipping things and tends to like salty stuff. And dumplings.

You're so good at cooking, I bet Peter would love samosas, which are so very portable. I'm very bad at making my own dough, but Leela is fascinated by the samosas and kathi rolls that I buy (too spicy for her), and they are so portable.

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I chaperoned a camp field trip yesterday and most of the kids had things like a slice of American cheese on a hamburger roll with a side of squeeze yogurt. I felt like a freaking hero for our crappy hot dog and berry lunch that took three minutes to put together.


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Thanks y'all! My weirdo kid doesn't like cherries, peas, or blueberries by themselves, can you believe it? Those individual wholly guacamole packs are a favorite though, and freezing them is genious! And samosas are definitely on my list - he especially loves them when accompanied by some tamarind chutney for dipping :)

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Maybe I should post my list? It's kind of ridiculously long, but a lot of things on it are just ideas of dinner items that would make good lunchbox leftovers, or are things I could make in bulk and freeze for no-fuss lunches.

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Ariann wrote:
I felt like a freaking hero for our crappy hot dog and berry lunch that took three minutes to put together.

You ARE a hero!

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Please post your list! It sounds like an amazing resource.

My child isn't picky, but she does really love processed snacks, so my challenge is getting her to eat her own food before going off and begging people to eat their junky snacks. She's a master forager.

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It's still very much a work in progress, and also specific to stuff my kid will eat, but here you go! Sorry if some of the items or the layout don't make sense to normal people (haha).

Mains:

Tofu musubi
Onigiri
Inari sushi
Maki sushi
Spring rolls
Pasties
Mini wellingtons
Empanadas
Tamales
Pupusas
Calzones
Pizza rolls
Stromboli
Pot stickers
Knishes
Spanakopita
Samosas
Sandwiches
Tortilla roll-ups
Mini bagel sammich
Filled pita pocket
Pasta bean salad
Quinoa bean salad
Pigs in blankets
Baked corndogs
Mini quiche
Sausage biscuits
Ham & chz rolls
Sliders
Beany corn muffins
Crackers and pâté


Mix and Match:

Veggie loaf
Veggie dogs
Nuggets
Tofu fish sticks
Meatballs
Baked tofu sticks
Veggie sausages
Pierogi
Socca
Soba noodles
Polenta fries
Potato salad
Corn muffins
Mini scones
Cheezy crackers
Pretzels
Hashbrowns
Tater tots
Boiled potatoes
French toast sticks
Waffles
Pancakes
Mini muffins
Anpan


Sandwich / Roll-up Fillings:

Chickpea salad
Tofurky
Daiya or Chao
Cream cheese
Jam
EB and cucumber
Hummus
Refried beans
Veggie loaf


Dips / Spreads:

Ranch
Ketchup
Goddess dressing
Tamarind chutney
Hummus
Soy or ponzu sauce
Salsa
Hoisin
Guacamole


Fruit / Veggies:

Green salad
Cucumber
Corn tires
Green beans
Edamame
Cherry tomatoes
Grapes
Baby bananas
Apple slices
Strawberries
Clementines
Mango
Melon balls
Fruit pouches


Desserts:

Cookies
Pudding
Hand pies
Daifuku
Chocolate chips
Baked fruit bars
Choc zucchini loaf
Yogurt

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OMG.

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Oh man, it's totally over the top, isn't it? I can't help it, lists and planning are like an addiction to me.

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Jinx! I just made a list for Jonah last night. Ours is simpler since he's still in the finger food stage.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NS9 ... sp=sharing (there's two nonvegan items on there since Jonah isn't vegan)

The gel cups are the ones by Dole. Some of them have cochineal, but there are a few vegan ones. We also really like dehydrated fruits and veggies from Trader Joes.

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Sweet! That's a great list! I'm also realizing I should have put my list on google docs rather than copy/pasting because DUH.

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Tofulish wrote:

My child isn't picky, but she does really love processed snacks, so my challenge is getting her to eat her own food before going off and begging people to eat their junky snacks. She's a master forager.

Jonah's class had to get straps to keep them in their chairs specifically to keep Jonah from steeling others' foods.

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Could you guys be my parents and make me delicious lunches?

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