The key to successful school lunches is variety. Finding healthy school lunch recipes and ideas for alternative lunch boxes and vegetarian kids adds to the challenge. The recipes here will also be useful for those following dairy-free diets due to allergy or intolerance. In one cabinet, you can store the lunch boxes, sandwich bags, thermoses, plastic spoons and forks, toothpicks, and small plastic storage containers.
Put flat dry ice containers in your child’s lunch box during warm weather, or any time you are sending perishable foods. These are available wherever lunch boxes or camping supplies are sold. Vary the types of bread used for sandwiches. If your child’s school has a microwave available, your thermos offerings can include macaroni and cheese, soups, and leftover casseroles. Fruit packed into lunch boxes can come home uneaten unless you try some simple tricks.