Aug 4, 2007

Lunchbox ideas

It is almost time for all the kids to start school. As a mom of three I was thinking about the cost of feeding three kids school lunches. In a few years I will be looking at 7.00 a day to feed my kids lunch. I know there are other moms out there who could use some frugal ideas. Here is a list of school lunch ideas that I complied. If you have more suggestions please leave them in the comments.


*Sandwiches*

Sandwiches made with

Crackers
Raisin Bread
Croissants
Biscuits
Pita Bread
Tortillas - (corn or Flour)
Bagels
English Muffins
Dinner Rolls
French or Italian Bread


Sandwich Filling Ideas:


Tuna
Egg salad
Turkey
Ham
Cheeses
Various Cold cuts
Cream Cheese and Smoked Salmon
Shrimp or Crab Salad
Chicken Salad, Ham Salad
BLT's
Hummus
Tuna Salad (add cut up grapes for a sweet delicious treat!)
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Nut Butter
Almond Butter
Apple Butter
Cream Cheese and Jelly
Peanut Butter & Banana Slices
Salmon Salad
Cheese Whiz & Deli Meat
Pot Roast Sandwiches

*Hot Lunch Ideas*
(heat and put in a thermos)



Baked Beans
Soups- any & all!
Chop Suey
Pasta's
Stir-Fry's
Chili
Rice
Ramen Noodle Soup


**Extras that you can throw in**

Vegetable sticks with a small container of salad dressing for dipping
Fresh fruit
Pretzels
Raisins
Hard boiled eggs
Cherry tomatoes
Celery sticks filled with cream cheese or peanut butter and raisins
Applesauce
Fresh veggies and hummus
Granola bars
Fruit yogurt
Pudding
Crackers--plain or with peanut butter or cheese
Cheese sticks
Red bell pepper strips
Baked potato
Muffins
Cupcake
Graham crackers
Fortune cookies
Jello snacks
Dried fruit
Fruit leather
Nuts
Tortilla chips with a small jar of salsa
Small bags of popcorn

*Drinks*

Tea
Milk
Water
Juice
Soy Shakes
Cocoa
Apple Cider

2 comments:

Rebecca said...

Wow, those are great ideas! I'll have to remember this the next time I pack us lunch for a trip. The same old pb&j or hot dogs gets old fast. My kids aren't in school yet but I can understand the cost of buying being an issue. Plus homemade lunches are usually healthier.

Jen / domestika said...

I can see a list like this could save a lot of grief in the mad late-night rush to get lunches made for the next day! It's a bit like a Chinese restaurant menu... pick one from Column A, one from Column B... fun!