Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bento lunches

I've been a bento slacker for a while.

I still pack bento lunches for Kylie every school day. But the lunches have been a bit mundane lately and I just haven't been taking a picture of them.

I figure there are only so many times you want to see turkey sandwiches on pumpernickel bread, no matter how I cut it--although this elf cookie cutter was fun.
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When we get back from our holiday break, I want to work on putting some creativity back into her lunches. If any of you have ideas for food for her lunch, please let me know!

But for now, I find a new product that I thought I would share with you.
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The noodles are a vegetable rotini from Hodgson Mill. They are made from wheat flour mixed with spinach, tomato, and beet. And Kylie loves them- even cold or at room temp. I love finding a new food that she enjoys. And she really eats these noodles up.

Thinking about this post got me wondering just how many different items I've used in her lunches. And because the kiddo decided to take a nap today, I thought I would make a list.

Protein
Turkey sandwiches, Boiled egg, Bacon, Laughing Cow Swiss Cheese, American & Cheddar Cheese, Shredded cheese, Hot dog, Go-gurt, Red beans.

Fresh fruit
Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Clementines, Grapes, Honeydew melon, Kiwi, Mandarin Oranges, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Raspberries, Strawberries, Watermelon

Dried fruit
Apples, Applesauce, Apricots, Craisins, Pineapple, Prunes, Raisins, Yogurt Raisins

Vegetables
Carrots, Celery, Cucumbers, Peas, Peppers

Other
Wheat Thins, Pirate Booty, Pretzels, Goldfish, Cereal bar, Raisin toast, Ritz crackers, Fruit roll-up, Macaroni, Teddy Grahams, Granola bar.

And some things I've tried that Kylie hasn't liked
Ham, Bologna, Roast beef, Pepperoni, Hummus, Mango, Grapefruit.

It's disappointing that I can't pack any nuts in her lunch (someone in her class has a nut allergy) since Kylie loves all kinds of nuts. But this way, she gets to enjoy them as a snack.

Again, if any of you have something your kiddo likes to eat that isn't on this list, please share it! I'm hungry for new ideas.

Here is a link to all the bentos I've made and photographed. Happy Healthy Eating everyone!

5 comments:

The Moms to Be said...

You could try chick peas, or even a little pasta salad with the rotini, chick peas, red peppers, and feta cheese (REALLY good with pesto sauce, but maybe not for Kylie's lunch).

Red, orange and yellow peppers are yummy on their own, cut into sticks.

Nectarines might be another fruit to try. Fresh pineapple is delicious too.

For protein you could try the Babybel (sp?) mini gouda cheeses or some lox, which I wouldn't normally recommend, but one of the little girls in my class LOVES it.

Hope that helps.

Loralou said...

We have that tri-colour pasta in England all the time, it's kinda standard!

Sharon said...

You could try garbanzo beans(spelling), cheese sticks, chicken salad sandwich, pears, cut up peaches.

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