This is a sample lunch menu for a whole month. Some of the meals include nuts or nut butters, so please take that into account if your child's class is nut free. The blue meals are suitable for vegetarian families and the pink ones are suitable for vegan families, assuming that they've purchased or made vegan bread products.
Some children don't mind eating last night's leftovers cold, or even prefer it that way, but even if they want their food warm there's a solution. You can always pack hot food in a thermos and keep it un-refrigerated until lunch. Four hours in a thermos leaves food that is exactly as warm as most children like it!
|A hard-boiled egg with two slices of homemade French toast spread with pureed raspberries, and peas||Diced chicken, bow-tie pasta, and small pieces of broccoli tossed in olive oil, with apple slices||Rice noodles in chicken broth with carrots and broccoli, a roll, and watermelon chunks||Homemade macaroni and cheese with peas and/or carrots mixed in, and orange slices||Baked tofu strips (marinated in soy sauce and garlic, then breaded), strawberries, and cauliflower|
|Slices of grilled steak, raw baby carrots, multi-grain crackers, and blueberries.||Bean and rice burrito on small wheat tortilla, green beans, and pitted cherries||Celery with peanut butter and raisins, mixed nuts, an apple, and buttered tri-colored pasta||quinoa cooked in pineapple juice with chunks of pineapple and cashews; sugar snap peas||Egg salad sandwich with vegan mayonnaise, bell pepper strips, and halved grapes|
|Beef stew with potatoes, carrots, celery, and onion, with dried or fresh mango||An apple with almond butter, cornbread, and broccoli with melted cheddar||Chicken quesadilla, pear slices, and cooked carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower medley||Plain yogurt mixed with fresh or frozen berries, lightly salted green beans, pear slices, and crackers||Roast beef sandwich with melted provolone, cooked zucchini spears, and fresh mango chunks|
|Small whole grain tortilla rolls filled with plain yogurt, applesauce, and peanut butter, and (separately) cucumbers||Fresh spinach salad with pecans, strawberries, and low-fat raspberry vinaigrette dressing and a roll||Berries mixed in cottage cheese, butter tossed pasta with parmesan, and lightly salted green beans||Thin crispy crackers, spread with almond butter and decorated with raisins, apple bits, and celery moons||Turkey roll-ups, with unsweetened cranberry-apple spread, cooked and sliced yellow squash, and a dinner roll|
|Beans and rice, raw sugar snap peas, a roll, and dried pineapples||Cheese tortellini with tiny chunks of broccoli and red sauce (or pesto), and strips of red bell peppers||Tuna salad made with cucumber, garbanzo beans, tomato, salt, pepper and lemon juice, on crackers; halved grapes||Chicken soup, (with potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, and pasta) with orange slices||Homemade egg fried rice with broccoli and carrots, and kiwi|
|vegetarian meal||any of these meals can be made gluten-free by using gluten free pastas or bread products|
|vegan meal (if using vegan bread products)|