It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch, Pt. 2 – Even More Lunch Box Ideas!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 16, 2010

First, a big thank you to all the Lunch Tray readers who took the time to visit our Lunch Box Idea Exchange earlier this month and post their “go-to” lunchbox items for the rest of us to read.  If you haven’t had a chance, it’s worth stopping by and scrolling through all the comments, which are full of great ideas.  (And it’s not to late to add your own!)

But now let’s broaden our universe to other great sites that are also collecting or offering lunch box ideas:

Laptop Lunches

Not only does this company make a great, environmentally-friendly bento lunch box, they also tell you what to put in it!  You can visit their site for countless healthy lunch ideas and/or you can subscribe to receive their weekly lunch menu.  The site also has a chart of “Quick-Reference Lunch Ideas” (scroll down) that lets you see at a glance all sorts of ideas for breads, fillings, other lunch entrees and fruits and vegetable sides.  (I think I need to print that chart out and stick it on my refrigerator for those days — and there are many — when I have a total failure of imagination.)

[Hat tip:  Peace and Love in the Kitchen]

Culinary Thymes

My new friend Alyce Ester is the former editor and publisher of a magazine called Culinary Thymes, which, though no longer in print, continues to thrive in the virtual world.   Earlier this month, Alyce turned her considerable cooking skills to the task of packing lunches and had all sorts of ideas to share, which you can read here.  And when you’re done reading about lunches, be sure to check out the rest of Culinary Thymes — it’s got great recipes, fun commentary by Alyce, and — for Houstonians — some references to local hot spots and food sources.

“A Month of Lunches” from Oprah

Oprah’s website currently features this post, which provides appealing lunch box ideas for elementary, middle and high school kids.  (There’s no reason, though, why you couldn’t make any of these recipes for any aged child.)

Notes From the Cookie Jar

I learned of this blog just a few weeks ago, when I entered the blog party it co-sponsored with Mrs. Q.  Written by Scatteredmom (love that name), the site is wide-ranging in its topics – not quite a Mommy Blog, not quite a Food Blog, more like an amalgam of those genres and more.  But I especially wanted to direct you to her recent post about lunch box ideas, which is stunning in terms of the number of helpful links she supplies.  Click here and get surfing.

Do you have any other good links to lunch box ideas?  Share them in a comment below.

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Lori September 16, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Hi Bettina,

Just scrolled through the comments from part one and was surprised that nobody mentioned soynut butter as a substitute for peanut butter in nut-free classrooms–my daughter actually prefers it, especially the chunky version.

Thanks again for a great blog!
Lori

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Em September 21, 2010 at 11:50 am

Hey, that Laptop Lunches site is way cool!

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bettina elias siegel September 22, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Isn’t it? So much useful info there.

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Angela@lunch ideas for kids November 10, 2013 at 12:23 am

It’s really important to be conscious about our lunch boxes because through a lunch box we can carry lunch and it’s help for fresh our foods. The above idea is not much hygienic .That’s why we can try to use lunch box for fresh foods.

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