A Word on Lunches

Some ideas for peanut-free lunches for kids who won’t eat cheese sandwiches:

  • Hazelnut spread sandwiches (only one of ours likes this, alas)
  • Leftovers in a thermos
  • Spaghettios (this is our default Friday lunch for the schoolgoers)
  • Cream cheese with chives, basil, minced garlic, chopped veggies, etc., sky’s the limit
  • Egg salad (schoolgoing kids won’t eat it, but Second Shift and I like it, especially with Ceasar dressing)
  • Mini-bagel pizzas (we got a bulk pack of these from a grocery outlet–yummy, easy and cheap)
  • Portable pizzas: make calzones with the sauce inside
  • Hummus, veggies and crackers
  • Hummus sandwiches (pita or bread)
  • …and, admittedly, that’s all I have. Any suggestions? The major allergy around here is peanuts. The kids won’t eat nut butters (with the exception of the hazelnut spread). Only one eats string cheese. I’m trying to think of more thermos-free lunches that they’ll eat, but First Shift of Kids doesn’t make it easy.



About Erin McCole Cupp
Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her short writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, The White Shoe Irregular, Outer Darkness Magazine, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. She is a contributor to CatholicMom.com and has been a guest blogger for the Catholic Writers Guild. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables. When Erin is not writing, cooking or parenting, she can be found reading, singing a bit too loudly, sewing for people she loves, gardening in spite of herself, or dragging loved ones to visitors centers at tourist spots around the country. Find out more about her novels and other projects at erinmccolecupp.com .

3 Responses to A Word on Lunches

  1. Sharon Hynan says:

    A few things Sadie likes…

    -black beans and corn with salsa and shredded cheese in silicone mini-muffin cups for her to mix herself (here’s a pic of it… http://www.ourdigitalhome.com/pics/PB012081.JPG)

    -hard-boiled eggs- she didn’t really care for eggs until I got these cute egg shapers (http://www.amazon.com/Kotobuki-Plastic-Mold-Rabbit-Bear/dp/B002TZ04J6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1332538751&sr=8-2) They are super easy, and now Sadie loves eggs in her lunch. (Well, the white anyway… I have to cut the eggs in half and remove the yolk.)

    -pasta salad – whole wheat rotini, brocolli, peas and carrots with a little ranch dressing

    -pumpkin ravioli with apple yogurt to dip it in

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