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    Default Lunch suggestions for someone who HATES to pack lunch

    I'm that mom who is horrible at remembering to pack lunches/snacks so my kid tends to puppy eye others to see if they'll share their snacks. That works at one of our playgroups but we've got a weekly co-op now where I really should pack her something. I've got a rice and noodles girl who can't be bothered to eat a sandwich. Normally, I'd fall back on rice balls but cooking a fresh pot of rice butt early in the morning before rushing off to co-op? Um, no. (They're not so great when they're cold and hard.)

    Aside from fresh fruit and veggie sticks, which she loves, I'm kind of stumped for ideas. Normally, I'd just throw up my hands but she does need to eat during the co-op break since that's normally our breakfast time when we're doing school at home. (She usually has a fried egg and sausage; all protein for this girl in the morning which seems to help with her concentration levels.)

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    Is there a kitchen at co-op? We had access to the church kitchen and could warm things up and even cook some easy things.

    My kids always have like Laughing Cow cheese, apples, nuts (almonds), tortillas rolled up with cheese and ham, pretzels.
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    Getting a bento box can help. Then you know how much food to put in there, you know? You just keep putting in things until it's full.

    I second nuts, cheese, tortillas with stuff - bean and cheese quesidillas go nicely... My boys aren't huge into sandwiches, but they'll eat sandwich meat rolled up. I stick leftovers in there as well - especially just cut up chicken breast or sausage.
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    We do bento boxes OR one big community bag for the four of us (like rolls, a package of cheese and meat, box of something, etc.) Either way works. I find individual worked better at co-op because I was not necessarily eating with them and I wanted them to know what they were SUPPOSED to eat.
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    Yeah, we also do the community bag a lot. But when I'm sending them off, I find the bento useful. The ones we had for a long time actually broke and I need to get new ones... which is why the ease was definitely on my mind.
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    Ooo~h, bento box is a great idea. No kitchen available, unfortunately, but she may go with the sausage idea. (Must remember to get food picks! She'll eat anything with a fun animal shaped pick.)
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    So could you just send a sausage-and-egg sandwich? Cook some of it ahead of time? We have a short thermos which I sometimes pack leftovers in, very handy.
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    So could you just send a sausage-and-egg sandwich? Cook some of it ahead of time? We have a short thermos which I sometimes pack leftovers in, very handy.
    I'd do the thermos thing except she's very much a nibbler. It can take her 2 hours to finish off her sausage and egg at home, which isn't an option at the co-op. At the end of the day, I'd be left with a half eaten egg and sausage, a hungry kid and that's IF I remembered that I'd sent a thermos with her in the first place. (I'm so bad at remembering that!) Of course, this could happen with her other food as well, *sigh* (This would be the other reason I hate packing food for her.)
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    So it might be better to pack various snacks in her bag ahead of time - trader joes individual packs of nuts and trail mix? apple sauce packs . . . pretzels . . . a banana . . . oh, and a piece of sausage to eat in the car on the way
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    My kids always ate a sausage biscuit on the way to co-op. That way they had breakfast as late as possible so they weren't melting down midmorning, before it was time for lunch.
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