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Dad Lunches – Week 22 of 40 Nut-Free Kids School Lunches

Sometimes you see food ideas on Pinterest and blogs that look too perfect for the average person to recreate in everyday life. Well, I had the perfect opportunity to put one of these ideas to the test the last couple weeks. You see, my wife is normally the one who gets our girls’ school lunches together, and she features them on this site in her “40 Weeks of Nut-Free School Lunches.” But when she was away in Africa, it was all up to me to make these lunches.

Dad Lunches - Week 22 of 40 Weeks of Nut Free Kids School Lunches lunch packing ideasAnd I had some options. I could have given them lunch money every day. I could have given them Lunchables and Go Picnic ready-made lunches. Instead I decided to challenge myself, save money, and make a few nice lunches my daughters would enjoy. And OK, I admit – I enjoy receiving a little praise for making a nice meal.

In my wife’s posts on school lunches, I observed lots of ideas for vegetables, fruits, cheese, sandwiches, and even how to pack them up. And so I started there and just scoured the fridge and pantry and decided what would make a well-rounded lunch from a few different food groups.

I tend to be a sandwich guy when it comes to making lunches, so I made a few lunches with ham, cheese, and mustard. Then I would add in variations of carrots, snap peas, grape tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, Babybel cheeses, cheese slices, cantaloupe, crackers, dill pickles, and apple sauce to name a few things. I found it surprisingly easy to find little items to include when I just looked at what we had. And it typically took me less than 10 minutes to pack two lunches.

One of my great discoveries while my wife was away was finding a new product called “Wowbutter.” We had heard of it before, but it seemed hard to find until I ran into a jar of it at a newly built local Walmart. Reasonably priced, too – less than $4 for an 18 oz. jar — Wowbutter is a product out of Canada made from toasted soy and says it’s made with natural ingredients and has no added flavors, colors, or preservatives. I must say it really does taste like peanut butter! And it spreads on very easily and smoothly, too. I’m just in love with this product so far, especially with having a child with a peanut allergy.

Our girls really liked Wowbutter and banana sandwiches, and yes, even Wowbutter and dill pickle! Of course, WB&J (Wowbutter & Jelly) is also a big hit.

What I learned in the time my wife was away is how many possibilities there really are for packing healthy, nut-free lunches for my kids. While my lunch creations may not be picture perfect, they were satisfying to make and always a hit with the girls. It really doesn’t take much effort to assemble a good variety of items for school lunches when you give it a try.

This post was written by my husband :)

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Monday 17th of February 2014

I love this post! There are more and more Dads that have taken or have to take over the role of caregiver every now and then. I just love this take on the school lunches!!


Thursday 13th of February 2014

Wow butter and PICKLES? Okay, okay I'm biased because I don't like pickles. But I've never heard of peanut butter and pickles either! How does Wowbutter compare to peanut butter nutritionally? I'm really intrigued by it! Thanks! #sitsblogging


Sunday 16th of February 2014

Lauren, I love pickles and I think it sounds gross! My hubby learned about them from his dad and has decided to pass on that fabulous culinary cross to our own children now. Right along with ketchup on his mac n cheese. (smh) Wowbutter is made from roasted soybeans, so I'm sure you could look up soynut butter vs peanut butter to get a figure on comparing them nutritionally. I would think that the soy might be a little healthier, but I'm not positive. :) Thanks for stopping by!