Beyond Peanut Butter and Jelly

School is about to start back in our neck of the woods. And rather than do my normal Menu Plan Monday, I thought I would do something a little bit different and create a list of some alternative lunches for back to school lunch boxes. While there is nothing wrong with good old PB&J (especially if it is on whole wheat bread, with organic peanut butter and home made jam), it does get a little boring day after day.

So I polled my kiddos and asked them to give me a list of some alternatives. That didn't work out too well... however; mickey d run's every day will NOT be on our menu this year, nor will spending outrageous amounts on the dubious mystery meat of the school cafeterias.

So it became quickly evident it was going to be up to me to come up with healthy, yet edible, alternatives for their lunch boxes. This is my list so far:

  1. Italian Turkey Wrap- A tortilla filled with turkey, provolone, onion and spinach.
  2. Hummus- with pita bread, carrots and celery.
  3. Mini Hero Sandwiches - hot dog buns filled with meat and cheese.
  4. Lunch in a Loaf- little pastries stuffed with just about anything, that go from freezer to lunch box.
  5. Taco Chicken Soup- Good on a cold day. Serve with a side of cheese and chips.

I admit, I am already dreading the whine of "that again...." So, I'm open to suggestions. Ladies, throw them at me, please!

For more menu plans, this week go to The Happy Housewife .


Cindy said…
I suffer from the same problem. So, I won't be much help. I did find a few ideas over at Gotta love Family Fun. They always have so many good ideas.
Aubrey said…
What great ideas you have! I know I have a little booklet that has alternative, healthy lunch ideas somewhere in my house. LOL

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Ali said…
Great ideas! Fortunately, my son never complains about the same ol' same ol' but I'm always trying to find new stuff he'll like!
Lisa Anne said…
These are great ideas. If I polled my son all he would want is peanut butter and honey or tuna. I really like this as I am always stuck as to what to pack my son for lunch!
debbie said…
I can't help at all. My kids seem to thrive on monotony!