Last week, I discovered that, during the summer, the lunches come pre-prepared to O’s daycare. They can’t read the labels of this pre-prepared food, and since O has a peanut allergy, his teacher asked if I could bring his lunch for the summer.
Sure, no problem, I thought. It’s only for the summer, and it can give me practice for when I need to pack a lunch when O’s older and in a more formal preschool/school setting. So, I headed to the grocery store and promptly became overwhelmed. It’s hard enough for me to plan a dinner ahead of time, but lunch too? Let alone a healthy lunch that wouldn’t take too much time for his caregiver to prepare for him.
That first night, I ended up buying some lunch meat, some fruit cups, cottage cheese and forgetting bread. For his lunch that next day, he ended up with some turkey and cheese tortilla pinwheels. I bet his teacher thought I was being creative, little did she know. I went back to the store on Tuesday and bought a whole bunch of Chef Boyardee. Uh, not exactly the healthy, balanced lunch I was aiming for. I don’t mind leaning on the Chef every once in awhile, but I don’t want it to become the staple of his lunch.
So, more experienced, lunch-packing WMAGs, what do you put into your child’s lunch? Any quick, inexpensive, healthy lunch ideas? I need HELP! And so does one of our faithful readers, Miranda. She actually wrote us with a similar dilemma, and it’s what prompted me to write this post.