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40 Weeks Nut-Free Kids School Lunches: Week 6

My first Halloween themed school lunch was made this week! Thanks to Cost Plus World Market, I’m armed with couple of themed foods for this Halloween season. This week I used their ‘Fright Bites’ which are colored tortilla chips shaped like pumpkins, bats, and ghosts. The girls LOVED them! I also grabbed some mandarin oranges at Trader Joe’s and made a jack-o-lantern face on one.

Halloween Lunch Ideas School Lunches StuffedSuitcase.comAdding lunch box notes is something I do occasionally (I normally use these Lunchbox Love Notes for Kids by Say Please), and I’ve now found these great Halloween Lunch Box Jokes at Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke. I can’t wait to use these in the upcoming lunches. I also have another fun Halloween food item I found at World Market that I plan on using in some of my upcoming lunches.

Week 6 40 Weeks Nut Free Kids School Lunches StuffedSuitcase.com pack lunch box

Week 6 Kid’s School Lunches

(starting top right corner moving around to bottom left corner)

Monday: chicken noodle soup, edamame, carrots & peapods, mandarin oranges

Tuesday: turkey slice rollups, colby-jack cheese stick, go-squeeze applesauce, carrots, multigrain crackers

Wednesday: meatballs with spaghetti sauce (leftovers), garlic bread (oops, didn’t wrap it and got soggy – girls didn’t like that!), peas, apple sauce

Thursday: hardboiled egg, cheese wedge, thin breadsticks, mini cucumber slices, mini apple

Friday: ham & cream cheese sandwiches on flatbread, turkey bits (under carrot paper), sugar plum tomatoes, mandarin orange pumpkin, World Market Fright Bites chips

Items used:

Rubbermaid 1866738 LunchBlox Kid’s Tall Lunch Box Kit, Purple/Pink/Green
Thermos Foogo Leak-Proof Stainless Steel 10-Ounce Food Jar, Pink
The Pampered Chef Creative Cutters Set #1095


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Comments

  1. I like your lunch ideas! I pack nut-free lunches, since I worry about classmates who have nut allergies. I pack a lunch daily for my kids, and it’s tough to think of new ideas! We like using the lunch bloxes, too.

    • Hello Lauren! You’re awareness and consideration for others’ allergies touches my heart. It’s a very scary situation! I love using the lunch blox sets, they really help you see what you need to add. Also, it helps not use so many disposable goods. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. This is such a great idea! My daughter’s school went “nut free” this year, and it is helpful to have some fresh ideas. I will look forward to your weekly posts! Thank you.

    • Hi Stacey! That was the reason behind my decision to post my 40 weeks of school lunches. The lunch packing moms & dads of the world need new ideas for lunches. Sometimes seeing what others are doing can help give you ideas of your own. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Do you find that the thermos containers keep soup pretty warm for lunch time? What about when it’s in a lunch box with an ice pack for other things in the lunch box?

    • Hi Sara! I ask my girls and they normally say that it’s warm but not hot. I do add boiling water into the thermos for a few minutes before adding the food because I heard it would help. Although I recently saw someone test that theory and it was something like a one degree difference. I never include it with an ice pack item and always wrap it with a washcloth in the lunchbox. I would almost consider packing it in it’s own lunch bag if you planned to include an ice pack in with the other stuff.

  4. Hey I love these ideas! My daughter also has a nut allergy so these ideas are fantastic. I did have one question. Some ideas of yours are items that need to be kept hot, like the meatballs or pastas.. how do you keep them warm? I know you use a thermos for the soup but I was wondering about the others. Any suggestions would be awesome!

    THANKS

    • Hi Camille, I’ve always used the thermos for the hot dishes too! I put boiling water in the thermos for about 5 min and I heat the food very hot, then dump out the water and put the food in the thermos. Works for any hot dishes, not just soup! :) Thanks for commenting!

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