Lunch Tray Ideas

These suggestions are tailored to my kids' tastes. I'm still working on trying to get my 6-year-old to eat salads, so you won't find those listed below. I bought several inexpensive, plastic, divided lunch trays from either Walmart or Target one summer, and these serve us well for lunch time. We also use lunch time to put a DVD in to watch (oftentimes, it's an educational DVD borrowed from the library to compliment what we're studying). I'm always grappling for quick, healthy (well, mostly) ideas for lunch during our homeschool day. As my little eaters expand their horizons, I'll add to this list. Please post your ideas, too!  Here are a few of my "tried and true" menus:

  1. a plate of assorted crackers, cheese squares, cold cuts and fresh fruit
  2. DIY English muffin pizzas w/jarred sauce, sliced olives, mini pepperoni rounds, cheese, chopped green pepper, chopped onion. Add a side of fresh fruit.
  3. grilled cheese sandwiches and canned tomato soup
  4. baked beans and hot dog slices, applesauce, buttered cornbread muffins
  5. boxed rice dinners w/frozen veggies and leftover meat added
  6. fish sticks, buttered carrots, canned pineapple, wheat rolls
  7. chicken nuggets, frozen mixed veggies, canned peaches, rolls
  8. hot dogs, tater tots, canned pears
  9. Jack’s Pizza, frozen corn, Clementine sections
  10. spaghetti, cucumbers, Ranch dip, cantaloupe
  11. mac-n-cheese, frozen English peas, applesauce
  12. chicken noodle soup, tuna sandwiches, banana chunks
  13. peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, potato chips, milk, apple slices
  14. canned chili with beans, crackers, watermelon chunks
  15. zucchini and cheese quesadillas, grapes
  16. frozen pot pies, jello with apples
  17. refried beans and Mexican rice, kiwi slices
  18. frittata with spinach and bacon, strawberries, buttered toast
  19. chicken salad sandwiches, chips, pickles, grapes
  20. ham and cheese tortilla roll-ups (heat in micro.), apple slices
  21. ravioli, fruit cocktail
  22. Ramen noodles cooked in water only, add chopped chicken, corn, peas + soy sauce for seasoning. Serve with pineapple chunks.
  23. Macaroni with Ready-to-Eat Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Soup as the sauce, Clementine sections
  24. Oven-baked BBQ chicken drumsticks, buttered corn, wheat roll, cantaloupe chunks
  25. Nachos made with refried beans, Scoops tortilla chips, grated cheddar, mild salsa, sour cream--add avocado slices and cantaloupe as sides
  26. Bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches, pear slices
  27. Biscuit Sandwiches with egg and turkey sausage patties, orange juice to drink
  28. Smoked salmon cream cheese sandwiches with cucumber slices on it, chips, grapes
  29. Egg salad sandwiches, pickles, strawberries
  30. Ham salad sandwiches, chips, pickles, blueberries
  31. Sausage gravy over biscuits, orange juice to drink
  32. Lentils and rice with diced ham, pitted cherries

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