Monday, January 14, 2008

Lunch Ideas

I have been having such a hard time finding some computer time these days!

Becky@ BoysRuleMyLife had asked for some simple lunch ideas, and I must admit...I am not that creative when it comes to lunches! Usually I will make extras fro dinner and use that for the next day's lunch.

However, we do not always have that option, or Mara simply refuses to eat it again (like she did today). So here are some things that work for us:

  • Peabutter on rice cake. We haven't attempted nuts with Mara yet, so we use peabutter-which is made from golden peas. It is pretty good! We have also used sunbutter, but Mara seems to prefer the creaminess of the peabutter. It is also good on apples and celery for a snack! I usually serve her this with some fruit or veggies.

  • "Toddler Salad": I made this for Mara today. I chopped up avocado, lettuce, some leftover steamed asparagus, raisins, thin carrot slices and celery. I added it all onto her plate and sprinkled some leftover white beans. She loved it!

  • Simple casseroles. My husband is not a fan of casseroles for dinner, so I try and make them for our lunches instead. I made a baked spaghetti casserole, which was very easy- cooked corn spaghetti noddles into a casserole dish and I added some dice tomatoes, basil and sprinkled rice crumbs on the top. I cooked it for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees. The girls loved it!

  • I use Chebe bread to make flatbread/tortillas and then brown some ground turkey with some cumin and chili peppers. We add black beans, corn and avocados and it makes a great meal!
I hope that has given you some ideas! I will post some more again soon!


Tamara said...

Where do you find peabutter? My son cannot eat nuts, seeds or soy so I have not yet found a peanut-butter substiatute he can eat.

Do you find it with the nut and seed butters in the store? I am looking forward to trying it!

Julie B said...

I first found it online at the Gluten free Mall, but later my husband found it at Wegmans. It was in the section with all the nut butters.
Here is a link to the brand we use:

Hope that helps and that your able to find it (otherwise try the GlutenFree Mall) It states right on the jar that it is soy-free.

Tamara said...

Thanks so much for the good info. I checked with my local natural market and they had never heard of it. I'll keep looking around!

Becky @ Boys Rule My Life said...

Thanks for all the lunch suggestions!

My hubby is a big casserole man... meat and potatoes, too. We're in the south and eat a lot of "comfort food". :) I need to start serving more veggies. I love your toddler salad idea, but I think I'd be the only one to eat it! :) I love veggies... especially avocado and asparagus!

Thanks again!

Julie B said...

yes, I feel very blessed that both my girls are great veggies eaters! My husband is convinced that our oldest will soon be vegetarian :) She has to have a veggie at almost every meal. This morning she had banana pancakes and a whole carrot :)

tiny morsels said...

I gotta try this peabutter stuff.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for these ideas. I've never heard of peabutter. Or sun butter? What is that? And where do you FIND all of this stuff? Lunch and snacks are the worst. Our son usually won't eat left-overs, so I stress about this every day.