Packing peanut free lunches can be tricky when you have picky eaters on your hands.
If you’re looking for some simple lunches that your kids will actually eat, we’ve got a few suggestions.
Pasta is very versatile because you can combine lots of different ingredients and make a delicious salad. Use fun shaped pasta like Cavatappi, Rotini, Farfalle (bow tie pasta), or Rotelli (wheel shaped pasta) or
filling by using cheese Tortellini.
Cook pasta according to directions on package
Drain, rinse with cold water until cool
Toss with your kid’s favourite salad dressing (Ranch, Italian, Sundried Tomato) or just
some olive oil.
Add in toppings your child likes (cheese, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers,
broccoli florets, etc.)
Cheese and Crackers
Dress up your cheese and crackers by adding in lunchmeat and fruit or veggies. Find lunch containers with separate compartments to make this lunch easy to pack. Mix it up by using different cheeses and even some Babybel cheese rounds. Cut some meat (bologna, ham, turkey, or chicken slices) into squares. Then add in some grapes, cucumbers, pepper sticks, cherry tomatoes, or other fruits/veggies.
Using whole wheat tortillas, create wraps or wheels filled with meat, cheese, and veggies. For wraps, use shredded cheese layered with lunchmeat and lettuce. Drizzle some ranch dressing over it, then fold in each end and roll it up tightly. To create wheels, spread cream cheese over the entire tortilla, then top with meat and veggies. Roll it up tightly folding in the ends as you roll. Cut the roll up in 1 inch slices and store in a lunch container. Keep it interesting by changing up the ingredients in each roll-up you make.
Make sandwiches fun by rolling the bread flat, then spreading jam (and a peanut butter alternative if you like) over it and rolling it up like Sushi. Or try dumpling-like sandwiches filled with jam and cream cheese. Cut the crusts off two pieces of bread and shape into a large oval. Add the cheese and jam to the centre and assemble the sandwich. Then, seal the sandwich by pressing the edges together a fork.