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    This week's lunches:

    snap peas (bought big bag for under $6 at Costco- Will do DS and I all week for our lunches)
    Strawberries
    apple
    drinkable yogurt (reduced- works out to .23 each)
    cheese crackers
    oreo cookies
    OJ in reuseable container
    Chicken/cheese quesidias with a side of sour cream

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granger View Post
    Had eggs that were expiring. Boiled them all for lunches! With four in the family that will eat them, they will go quick and not to be wasted!
    I usually take a boiled egg for my afternoon snack. Great when you find soon to expire eggs for a kick butt price. I boil them all on Sunday for the week.
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    DS's lunch this week:

    Homemade nacho dip with dipping chips
    pineapple
    clementines
    apple
    yogurt drink
    chocolate milk
    veggie sticks

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    Slim pickings!
    Today DS has:

    Ham, cheese, lettuce on a bagel
    apple
    veggie chips
    yogurt drink
    apple juice box
    chocolate chip cookies

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    Today it's choc milk, salami chips, vegetable thins and a granola bar. One kid took Kohlrabi.
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    Fresh ciabatta bun with sliced leftover Costco roast chicken and Dijon mustard, 2 homemade choc chip cookies and an apple.

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    Today DS had:

    Ham sandwich
    clementine
    Apple juice
    rice crackers
    meat stick lol

    Today DS had:

    Ham sandwich
    clementine
    Apple juice
    rice crackers
    meat stick lol

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    Our oldest son will start kindergarten in a nut free school in September. He will be attending a full day, every other day. I have been figuring out different foods that he would like in his lunch. I now know that he does not like cheese strings. We like to bake a lot with nuts, so I'll have to bake different treats specifically for sending to school. His kindergarten teacher has a cookie program for afternoon snack, so that means that I will have a designated amount of cookies to bake and bring to school for the entire class to have one month. It also means that I won't have to pack anafternoon snack.
    Last edited by Angela273; Sat, Aug 5th, 2017 at 11:14 PM. Reason: Fixing a weird double post.
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    I know it's early August, but I'm preparing to pack school lunches for our oldest child. I'll need to find out if Kindergarten students are allowed to have microwaveable meals at our son's school this fall.

    This is my current school lunch list of ideas, approved by our son.

    Ketchup packet - he loves to have ketchup with cut up meats.



    Jam sandwich
    Leftovers
    Noodles with Parmesan cheese
    Sausage
    Wieners
    Ham
    Chicken
    Crackers, sausage, and cheese
    Soft taco and cheese
    Meatballs
    Scrambled eggs
    Corn chips
    Wiener and bean soup

    Popcorn
    Pretzels
    Cheerios, shreddies
    Graham crackers
    Granola bars
    Nutrigrain bars
    Marble cheese - sliced or grated
    Yogourt Cup or tube or drink
    Fruit to go bar
    Apple sauce cup
    Apple sauce pouch
    Apple sauce with cinnamon

    Fresh veggies
    Cucumber slices
    Baby carrots
    Broccoli
    Cauliflower
    Peas

    Fresh fruit
    Apple
    Grapes
    Berries
    Pineapple
    Dried cranberries with chocolate chips

    Baking
    Oatmeal chocolate chip cookie or bar
    Oatmeal cranberry chocolate chip cookie
    Oatmeal raisin cookie
    Banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookie
    Apple oatmeal square/cookie with cinnamon
    Apple crisp
    Rhubarb crisp
    Berry crisp
    Carrot muffin
    Banana chocolate chip muffin
    Banana bread
    Puffed wheat square
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela273 View Post
    I know it's early August, but I'm preparing to pack school lunches for our oldest child. I'll need to find out if Kindergarten students are allowed to have microwaveable meals at our son's school this fall.

    This is my current school lunch list of ideas, approved by our son.

    Ketchup packet - he loves to have ketchup with cut up meats.



    Jam sandwich
    Leftovers
    Noodles with Parmesan cheese
    Sausage
    Wieners
    Ham
    Chicken
    Crackers, sausage, and cheese
    Soft taco and cheese
    Meatballs
    Scrambled eggs
    Corn chips
    Wiener and bean soup

    Popcorn
    Pretzels
    Cheerios, shreddies
    Graham crackers
    Granola bars
    Nutrigrain bars
    Marble cheese - sliced or grated
    Yogourt Cup or tube or drink
    Fruit to go bar
    Apple sauce cup
    Apple sauce pouch
    Apple sauce with cinnamon

    Fresh veggies
    Cucumber slices
    Baby carrots
    Broccoli
    Cauliflower
    Peas

    Fresh fruit
    Apple
    Grapes
    Berries
    Pineapple
    Dried cranberries with chocolate chips

    Baking
    Oatmeal chocolate chip cookie or bar
    Oatmeal cranberry chocolate chip cookie
    Oatmeal raisin cookie
    Banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookie
    Apple oatmeal square/cookie with cinnamon
    Apple crisp
    Rhubarb crisp
    Berry crisp
    Carrot muffin
    Banana chocolate chip muffin
    Banana bread
    Puffed wheat square
    Quite the list you have made! My boys school typically will not let them use the microwave. If your son's school will not you could always invest in a food jar. Bought one for mine this year but decided on an adult sized one as it can hold more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetmomma View Post
    Quite the list you have made! My boys school typically will not let them use the microwave. If your son's school will not you could always invest in a food jar. Bought one for mine this year but decided on an adult sized one as it can hold more!

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    Thank you for the suggestion, I'll have to keep that in mind.
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    Great lunch Ideas Angela, I too recommend a good quality lunch thermos.After volunteering to do lunch room for 10 years I can tell you that if 10 kids in the class bring something to microwave that takes two minutes each, that is 20 minutes of their allotted eating time gone. The little ones are slow to eat and then add the time it takes to get them all dressed in cold weather clothes in the winter they pretty much get outside and it is time to come in. So many parents work and yes the microwaving of leftovers is the easiest way to go to pack lunches but it is time consuming. A good quality thermos will take your little one right through to grade eight, mine did. Left over soups, stews, chili are a few ideas, my sons favorite was spaghetti and meatballs, another one was chili with nacho chips to dunk, I would also send sloppy joes in the thermos and he would spoon it out on to his bun. I think my granddaughter brought mushroom soup and meat cheese and crackers every day for grade 2! Make sure it is a wide mouth one for the little guy to handle getting all his food out!
    Last edited by thriftygranny; Sun, Aug 13th, 2017 at 06:59 PM.

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    Sad that summer is coming to an end but excited to be organized and prepared for back to school lunches
    I have a Rubbermaid bin full of snacks I have stocked us up on to last till New year. I am stocking up on boneless skinless chicken since I can make so many healthy meals for DS for his school lunch. No processed meat for us. Then I just have to buy weekly sales of fresh fruit and veggies etc. I am organizing all my lunch containers this week so I am ready (we send litterless lunches)
    I am going to even try to send DS with a mason jar taco salad! I'm hoping he loves it
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    Our son's school has a milk program, where we can pay for a punch card for him to have milk at lunch time. I don't know the cost yet. For those who pack milk to school, what container do you use? I'm concerned about it leaking if I were to go this route. I'm pretty sure Dh would prefer that I pack cheese or yogurt and buy the milk card as an additional option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela273 View Post
    Our son's school has a milk program, where we can pay for a punch card for him to have milk at lunch time. I don't know the cost yet. For those who pack milk to school, what container do you use? I'm concerned about it leaking if I were to go this route. I'm pretty sure Dh would prefer that I pack cheese or yogurt and buy the milk card as an additional option.
    I paid for the milk program for a 2 month period when kids were young. I found it a waste because I can send milk cheaper (I use the Rubbermaid litterless juice box for drinks) If they are sick/away you don't get a refund and sometimes he just wouldn't get it.
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