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  1. Sarah Evans
    July 27, 2012
    As an educator can I ask you a favour? Please don't talk about back to school yet. Back to school is ages away. Ages!!Thanks!Sarahhttp://acatlikecuriosity.blogspot.co.uk/

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    • Anonymous
      July 30, 2012
      Not for all.. Here in Colorado just got home from back to school night . 1st day is august 1st!

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  2. Adele
    July 27, 2012
    Loves these ideas!- Adele @ Mammy Made

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  3. Natalie @ NorthShore
    July 28, 2012
    These are great Barb - I'm so tired of catering to 3 different little palates and their likes and dislikes... so I'll def be giving a few of these ideas a try. I also like to make plain cupcakes (little mini ones ) without frosting - I put a handful of choc chips and a mashed up banana in the batter and then once cooked and cooled - I freeze them. In the morning I pop one into each lunch box and by lunch they are fresh and yummy ( i gave it a try just to make sure they didnt go mushy)And its a little "sweet" treat to enjoy.

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    • Connie @ Measured by
      July 31, 2012
      Natalie, thats awesome!! I'm so doing that!!

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  4. Heather Kinnaird
    July 28, 2012
    what a great collection of ideas!

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  5. Leslie
    July 28, 2012
    Great for single guys/gals! Having "regular food" in smaller portions helps for serving individual meals and freezing them. Thank you!!!

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    • Barb@Secondchancetod
      July 29, 2012
      Absolutely! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Enjoy!

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  6. Stay at home mom
    July 29, 2012
    These all look yummy, but my only concern is that they would probably taste better warm. And would probably not taste good by the time my kids would get to eat them. Too bad they can't warm their lunches at school.

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    • Barb@Secondchancetod
      July 29, 2012
      You are correct they would taste better warm. My kids do have use of a microwave so that's not an issue for us. I'm sorry I couldn't help you. School lunches are a pain to figure out. Have a great day! Barb

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    • mel
      September 4, 2014
      that's exactly what I was thinking! There aren't microwaves unti high school. I'd love to see some ideas for lunches that do NOT need to be heated up

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  7. Lindsay Ann @ Dollho
    July 29, 2012
    Thanks for adding my bbq chicken pizzas to your roundup Barb!

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  8. Karri Reiser
    July 29, 2012
    Now I'm hungry. They look so yummy. Thank you for adding it to the Our Favorite Things Link Party

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  9. Sherry
    July 29, 2012
    Wow, all of these look delicious! I'm popping over from the blog hop and I'm now a linky follower!

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    • Barb@Secondchancetod
      July 30, 2012
      Sherry, thanks so much! I really appreciate your support. Barb

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  10. Lynn
    July 29, 2012
    These all look great but the link for the lasagna wontons isn't working. I was really excited about trying those....

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    • Barb@Secondchancetod
      July 30, 2012
      So sorry about that Lynn, I fixed it!! Enjoy, they are very good.

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  11. The Student @ Food f
    July 30, 2012
    I blog my packed lunch, and a lot of other people do, too--and I try to never pack a sandwich. (If I do eat a sandwich for lunch, I just don't tell the world.) It's sort of a fun little challenge for myself. One of my favorite sites for lunch packing ideas is bentolunch.net, which sponsors "What's for Lunch Wednesday," a collection of weekly links to said lunch packer's blogs.Enough commercial.If you have the right supplies (and there are a lot of options out there--Laptop Lunches, Easy Lunchboxes, Planet Lunchbox, Lunchopolis, Rubbermaid Lunch Blox, ToGoWare Tiffins--but whatever works for you, no reason to have a whole collection), it makes it a lot easier.I really like pinwheels of various kinds. They can be mostly done the night before, although I don't know how they would freeze. Some pinwheel thoughts:Tortillas and cream cheese (with or without deli meat and/or veggies)Tortillas and hummus with veggiesSliced deli meat and cream cheeseOr do cheese and crackers (a la Lunchables, but cheaper and better if you just pack cheese and crackers) or peanut butter or any other kind of spread (olive tapenade, hummus, tuna salad, etc.)Salad is nice sometimes. As with thinking beyond sandwiches, think beyond leafy. Think cucumber, carrot, beet salad--there are lots of different options. Pasta salads can be made pretty hearty--I really like doing tortellini with some cubed cooked chicken and cherry tomato halves tossed with pesto, for example. And then there are rice salads, and quinoa salads, and tabouleh...I could go on and on. I love the things you've linked to here, and I bet you'll find a lot of inspiration the more you pack!

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    • Barb@Secondchancetod
      August 1, 2012
      Wow! Thank you for stopping by! What great ideas you shared. Your blog is awesome and I'm now following you. Thanks again! Barb

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  12. Courtney
    July 30, 2012
    This is awesome! I am always looking for things to put in my son's lunch. Thanks for the tips.New follower from musings of an imperfect mom

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  13. Kris Leigh
    July 30, 2012
    You just might have saved my life. Lunch is the most stressful meal for me, because my toddlers cannot eat sandwiches yet. I love that most of these can be frozen, and I'm going to try probably all of these.

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  14. Jess @ Spool and Spo
    July 30, 2012
    These aren't just great school lunches but perfect no-hassle lunches for the hubs to take to work. Thanks for some easy ideas.

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  15. Danielle
    July 31, 2012
    Those are my mac n cheese muffins - thank you so much for featuring them! I hope you try them out, my kids loved them.

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  16. Connie @ Measured by
    July 31, 2012
    Barb, your blog is AWESOME!! My kids started school last week so this is just what I need!!

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  17. Rachel
    July 31, 2012
    These look like GREAT ideas...My only concern is how they keep? My sons' school doesn't allow for reheating or anything, so a few of these I would have questions about. Any ideas/help? Thanks! :)

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    • Rachel
      July 31, 2012
      Never Mind! :) I seen a response/question similar to mine. lol Thanks :)

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  18. Wendy Graf
    July 31, 2012
    How do these items go over when served cold? Not sure my kids would eat them cold and they aren't allowed to warm up their food.

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  19. Anonymous
    July 31, 2012
    these are all great ideas, but if anyone lives in texas and has an HEB close by, they have the HEB seasoned frying flour, this is the best ever!you can make the chick ful a nuggetsvery easily just by marinating the chicken w the flour n buttermilk for 2 hrs in fridgethen frying in peanut oil... perfect! you can also make blooming onions with the same process!

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    • Barb@Secondchancetod
      August 1, 2012
      Thank you for stopping by and sharing that suggestion! Wish I could get my hands on some. Thanks again! Barb

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  20. Kathie
    July 31, 2012
    These are such good ideas! I will have to try these out on my kids (they get so sick of sandwiches!). I'm hosting a back to school link party on Friday and would love for you to share these! It's called Gimme Five For Friday and there's a new fun theme each week! Hope to see you there!

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  21. Jessica
    August 1, 2012
    can't wait to make some yummy lunches for my daughter!!! thanks!!!

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  22. Nicole@Show Off Frid
    August 1, 2012
    That's a lot of great lunch ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Sugarr2518
    August 1, 2012
    These are all such neat little ideas for back to school lunches! Alot of these could be fun for a football party too, since they're smaller portion sizes:)

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  24. Full Circle Creation
    August 1, 2012
    Great ideas! Not just for lunch but for after school snakes instead of chips or cookies. Thanks for sharing!Holly

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  25. micki @ ADD housewif
    August 1, 2012
    This is a great idea! It's featured at Pin Inspiration Thursday! http://www.addhousewife.com/2012/08/pin-inspirati...

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  26. Laurie Mccormick
    August 3, 2012
    I made several of these and others for my husbands 50th birthday. We did a casino so finger food and small bites were perfect. For the wanton tacos I used tortillas instead. Just cut out a four inch round using a biscuit cutter or glass and pizza cutter. Wrap four or five rounds in a damp paper towel and microwave for 15 seconds to soften then put in muffin tins. Fill and bake.

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  27. Jessi Wohlwend
    August 3, 2012
    Awesome, these would be perfect for when we take our own lunches to work too! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

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  28. Christine
    August 4, 2012
    All great lunch ideas!! I wish my daughter has access to something to warm up her lunch! LOVE the taco dip in a cup!Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!!

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  29. Kelley Wilson
    August 4, 2012
    These are great! I found you on Serenity you and am now a happy follower, I have a really picky eater who would eat PBJ every day if he could so I am working on shaking it up a bit thanksI would love it if you would come by and link up at by Best of Your Best Blog Hop http://www.missinformationblog.com/2012/08/its-be...

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  30. Kacie James
    August 4, 2012
    How long can you freeze these for?

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  31. kristi@ishouldbemopp
    August 4, 2012
    Such great ideas, Barb! We get so tired of the sandwich rut...this is awesome! Thanks so much for linking up to Mop It Up Mondays last week!{HUGS},kristi

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  32. Laura Cyra
    August 5, 2012
    Wow! I could actually get a head start on school lunches and at home snacks!! Laura from Real Momma stopping by to say thanks for linking up to the Best of your Best Blog Hop!

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  33. Kelley Wilson
    August 5, 2012
    Thanks for all your links, I actually went and bought all the stuff today for the pizza muffins and the sausage pancake balls, can't wait to try them.

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  34. Zimms Zoo
    August 6, 2012
    We homeschool but I like to plan our lunches for the week so I am not scrambling at lunch time and it makes our day go smoother. These look like excellant ideas as I am trying to get away from sandwiches (although my kids love them!). We have made the chicken nuggets and yes they are some work but my kids think they are the best thing ever!

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  35. Ali……(Future) Sk
    August 7, 2012
    Hey, I have a recipe blog (www.futureskinnybitchrecipes.blogspot.com) where I made nuggets that taste like Chikfila too...one of my first posts. And I made those mini chicken pot pies recently too, and the recipe is on the blog! There's also philly cheese roll-ups, homemade granola bars, bbq chik pizza muffins, sausage balls, etc. I'll be pinning your ham and cheese pockets and meatloaf muffins too! Thanks for the post!

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  36. JMA_BMA
    August 8, 2012
    So I have a question It looks like most of these are meant to be eaten hot. How do you handle that since most schools don't have microwaves for kids to use. I know my kids would never eat a cold hot dog they would say it is gross.

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  37. Anonymous
    August 9, 2012
    But none of these are very healthy.

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  38. Anonymous
    August 10, 2012
    I've made the pizza balls at the top of the post for my boys' lunches. They loved them, and they are good cold! I love the thought of the mini meatloaves. Going to try those this year!

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  39. Lynn
    August 11, 2012
    Thank you for the great ideas! I am new to packing lunches and freezer cooking. Sorry for the redundancy but I just want to make sure I understand this correctly. If you freeze ahead, you'll pack an item frozen then the kids can heat up in a microwave? Since the portions are small, I assume it would only take 1-2 minutes to heat up since there would be thaw time too. Thanks for helping a new mom!

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  40. Kendall
    August 11, 2012
    Thank you so much for these ideas, i will be useing them for when our kids go back to school!!!!This my second time stopping by, i think I found you through pinterest? Thanks for sharing!!!

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    • Kendall
      August 11, 2012
      I am also a follower of your blog now:)

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  41. Anonymous
    August 12, 2012
    I thought you were going to say something about the use of "froze".

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  42. Mrs Happy Homemaker
    August 12, 2012
    I came across this from pinterest, and decided to check it out - how humbled I am to see my tamale cups listed! Everything looks great!!

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  43. Anonymous
    August 12, 2012
    I see an awful lot of heavy meat, cheese and bread snacks. Sure it's not a sandwhich, but sounds like more calories and fat per snack. (not to mention nitrates and pigs butts in the weiners) I'm sure there are ways to make them lighter, but it's a good start for something different in kids lunches.

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  44. broxmarion
    August 13, 2012
    Great idea..!! Brilliantly you shared an important topic with us. I just impressed to get this thinking which is so helpful in our daily life. Thanks and keep it up...pizza categories

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  45. Anonymous
    August 14, 2012
    I was thinking the same thing. We don't eat food like that for dinner very often and probably wouldn't serve for lunch either. I saw the cute picture and thought it would be healthier lunches. I do really like the taco cup idea....but my kids wouldn't eat it...kinda picky ;)

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  46. Anonymous
    August 15, 2012
    I am honestly really surprised that no one else has is mentioning this. I know kids can be picky eaters but really? Half the things on this list are another take on pizza and not even healthy pizza with some veggies. No wonder there is an obesity epidemic in our country.

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  47. Lauras Crafty Life
    August 16, 2012
    Thank you for sharing these. My son just started kindergarten last week. He wanted to eat lunch at school, but has decided he doesn't like the school lunches and wants me to make him lunch. These will really help me to be able to vary what I send with him! :)

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  48. Patti
    August 16, 2012
    Based on the photos, it seems like there are some good ideas here. Unfortunately I can't read a thing on the page because of the font. I had to zoom my screen to 300%. :-/

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    • Patti
      August 16, 2012
      Uh, strangely, as soon as I posted this comment, the font changed! Crazy. Anyhow .. I can read it all now and appreciate all the great ideas. I love making school lunches creative!

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  49. Anonymous
    August 16, 2012
    She's trying to appeal to the kids and their palates. Generally, most kids don't want to eat vegetables, so that's probably why she didn't include them.

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  50. Shannon Wallis
    August 19, 2012
    My son eats the tray lunches at school... He likes them and we get breakfast and lunch for $0.70 on the reduced rate plan. However, he is 12, taller than me and has been wearing men's clothes for over a year! He's high energy and therefore, high appetite. These make great snacks and mini meals for him that he can heat up in the afternoons and will tide him over until I get home from work. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  51. Anonymous
    August 21, 2012
    Well that's just not true. It has a lot to do with the parents and if they don't eat vegetables, why would the kids? I grew up eating vegetables because my parents didn't make a different dinner then what they were having, and I wasn't allowed to leave the table until I at least tried some of everything on my plate. If it was spinach salad (which I thought I hated) that night, it didn't matter how much I bitched/cried about it, I wasn't getting something else for dinner and I wasn't getting anything later that night if I didn't eat dinner. Your kids are only picky if you let them be and they'll grow up being picky eaters and not getting the proper nutritions they need.

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  52. mom2manytracys
    August 25, 2012
    be sure that you actually fit the meat loaf to the cupcake tin hole. they don't expand to fit it... and wind up looking like rocks. not that I know this from experience or anything...

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  53. mom2manytracys
    August 25, 2012
    when you make the cupcake meat loaves be sure to fill the entire cupcake tin section with meat... it won't spread to fill the area... and it will end up looking like, oh, rocks. not that I would know or anything...

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  54. Sharri
    August 26, 2012
    Thank you do much for these ideas-my sister jus forwarded me the site because I had posted the same dilemma, and asked for suggestions... My daughter will not touch a sandwich, and she has previously gone to a pre-school that provided lunch. Now that she is starting Kindergarten, I had a little panic attack when I realized I had no idea what I was going to feed her! I looked everywhere on the Internet and could find nothing very good-this has been the best site yet. Thanks again!

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  55. The Church Explorers
    August 31, 2012
    Where are the fruits and vegetables? These all look delicious, but not very nutritious.

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    • Barb@Secondchancetod
      August 31, 2012
      These aren’t the only things in the lunch. This is the main meal. We supplement with fruits and vegetables. Barb

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  56. Jay Jameson
    September 3, 2012
    I make cresent roll hot pockets with all kinds of ingredients: I use 2 (triangular rolls which make a rectangle for each hot pocket). I personally use the low fat rolls. I grill chicken breast (cut into small bite size pieces), red peppers and onion on my George Foreman Grill. I add this into the center of the rectangle and add a little petite diced tomotatoes and motzarella cheese, and bake according to cresent roll time. Sort of like a calzone.You can also do this with taco stuff,ham and cheese etc.

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  57. Jay Jameson
    September 3, 2012
    One more cresent roll suggestion. When I have left over pot roast, I cut it up into bite size pieces.I also chop up the left over carrots and potatoes and onion from the pot roast. I add a bit of garlic, and rosemary. Then I mix it all up with a can of Tomatoe soup and add a bit of flour to thicken it. You can add this mixture to the center of the cresent roll rectangle and top with shedded sharp cheddar cheese. Pull the roll over and pinch sides and bake according to cresent roll directions.

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  58. SarahJ
    September 5, 2012
    This is brilliant! My kids cannot reheat lunch items, but your tips for keeping food warm are so helpful that I'm going to give some of these a shot. And to be able to freeze ahead of time is just phenomenal! If they don't work for lunches I'll be making them for after school snacks! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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  59. Anonymous
    September 5, 2012
    Great ideas! I make a Mexican version of mini meat loaves and they're amazing!!! 1 lb of ground beef, 12 crushed saltine crackers, 1 egg, 1 cup of shredded cheese, 1/2 cup of salsa. Mix all together. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray. Cook at 425 for about 25 min. Top each with a little salsa and shredded cheese and put back in the oven for about 5 min or until cheese is melted. My kids and husband devour these!!!

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  60. Anonymous
    September 7, 2012
    Awesome! Thanks for all the food ideas :)

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  61. Anonymous
    September 9, 2012
    Where are the recipes? We want to make these but don't know how to. Thx....

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    • Barb@Secondchancetod
      September 9, 2012
      Click on the name of the recipes. They are hyper linked and will take you to the recipe.

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  62. Kathy Shea Mormino
    October 9, 2012
    Hello, new follower here! I would love to have you link up with my Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/10/upcycled-chicken-coop-clever-chicks.htmlI hope to see you there!Cheers!KathyThe Chicken Chick

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  63. Anonymous
    January 8, 2013
    Love this post! I am a homeschool mom of 2 and my kids hate sandwiches, I am always trying to find new recipes to make for them for lunch 7 days a week. Great ideas!!

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  64. Anonymous
    January 8, 2013
    Cant wait to try these. Although I have been making stuffed mini meatloafs for years (which we all love here) I add stuffing in them (so good). Anyways, my kids dont like sandwiches at all. And pb is banned here in ontario (due to allergies) so it gets so hard. My littles will love these warm or cold.Thanks so much

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  65. Amisy Food Machine
    January 14, 2013
    This is actually amazing! I really can’t handle it. It looks SO GOOD. AHHH.And, click on my name, you will find a fresh food domain. Thanks for sharing!

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  66. Anonymous
    January 21, 2013
    One way to keep food hot for hours.... Get a small cooler. Pour boiling hot water in it, close and let sit for 20 minutes. Empty, and immediately fill with food. Close. This will keep things hot for ages. I use this method when doing huge dinners with only one oven or stove.

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  67. Empress
    June 12, 2013
    I have used Hot packs to keep food warm. Just make a "bean bag" but fill with Rice. heat in the Micro wave for 30sec-1min and add to an insulated lunch box. works really well. (I use these at night in the winter when I can't get my feet warm as well-not the SAME ones though lol)

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  68. sarabastings
    July 17, 2013
    I'm new to the cooking ahead and freezing game. When making these items, do I cook them fully, cool and then freeze? What is the best way to freeze - in a container or a bag? Also, when reheating them, how do I go about that, as my kids do not have access to a microwave at school. Thanks for any help I can get. We've always just done sandwiches for lunches and I really want to get away from that.

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  69. Natalie
    August 3, 2013
    Thermos works well for me. I have a small kid-sized thermos I got at Target on sale 2 years ago. I send fish sticks, chicken nuggets, pizza puffs, soup, chili, meatloaf muffins, pizza muffins, etc...in the Thermos. Just boil some water and pour it in the Thermos and leave it in there for a few minutes to warm up. Once your food is ready to be put in, toss the water, very quickly wipe the inside dry, put the food in, and close it. I always do this as quickly as possible to retain as much heat in there as I can. My son said it is a good temp when he gets to eat lunch. I make the lunch as we are about to leave the house at 7:15. He starts at 7:45 and has lunch at 11:30. Hope that helps.

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  70. Becoming the Woodman
    August 9, 2013
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  71. Becoming the Woodman
    August 9, 2013
    The thing is, its just some sort of MYTH that kids don't eat veggies... We have never told my son that kids don't like veggies. We just serve them to him with a happy attitude and no anxiety about 'will he like them or not' and he LOVES them. Now he goes to a nature preschool where there are eight gardens and we often 'catch him' sitting in the middle of one of the gardens eating radishes or some other such veggie raw and unwashed!!! We literally have to scold him and remind him to NOT eat his veggies (at least until they are washed). The other kids at his school take pride in having planted the veggies and too so they have a positive attitude about veggies as well so I don't know how old my son will be when he hears ever hears, for the first time, that 'kids don't like veggies'. I will be interested to see his reaction. I suspect he will be both surprised and confused!

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  72. Tara
    August 13, 2013
    I like to make meatloaf in muffin tins, flash freezing them raw, then thawing and cooking when I'm ready. I will definitely give cooking them first a try, to save prep time when it's time for dinner!Thanks for all the ideas - we eat TOO MANY sandwiches in our home, so I am really greatful for some new ideas. Thank you!

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  73. Janice Trinh
    July 19, 2014
    I homeschool, but I'm always on the lookout for easy snacks to do - because the minions are always hungry! I love the pizza quesadillas idea. I think my girls would gobble those up. And I've always wanted to try the mini chicken pot pie! Thanks for the ideas!

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  74. Tiffany
    April 12, 2015
    These ALL look awesome! Thanks for sharing. So often the ideas are repetitive, but these are very original!!!

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    • bjac68
      April 15, 2015
      Thank you Tiffany! I'm glad I coould help you. Have a great day!

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  75. gakeman75
    July 16, 2015
    Great ideas for after school snacks. I love them.

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    • bjac68
      July 17, 2015
      Thanks!! I hope you can find something to use!

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  76. bjac68
    July 21, 2015
    Thanks so much! I LOVE your pita with bbq chicken. That sounds awesome. :) Have a GREAT day!!!

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  77. Emily
    July 25, 2016
    I really need to not make so many sandwiches, so thanks for the ideas!

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    • Barb Camp
      July 26, 2016
      I hope you found some GREAT ideas Emily!

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  78. Crystal Green
    July 25, 2016
    I love these ideas! My kids would love to have something different besides sandwiches for lunch. Thank you so much for sharing this with us on the #HomeMattersParty. I hope to see you again next Friday at 12 AM EST.

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    • Barb Camp
      July 26, 2016
      Thanks so much for hosting so I can share my ideas. I hope you find something that helps you out. Have a GREAT day!

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  79. Jenny
    August 12, 2018
    Good ideas for lunch. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

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