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Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

rockandroller1 | May 27, 2015 06:17 AM

My kindergartener is starting his first summer at camp, and I'm looking for ideas for pack lunches that require no refrigeration and lunch. I've been packing breakfast and lunch for him since he started in preschool at 2 years old, but we've always done the insulated lunch box thing and that's not an option for camp so I'm at a bit of a loss. No thermos stuff either.

There does not appear to be a nut issue at camp, but he barely likes PB and doesn't like any other nut butters, so that's going to be limited to once a week. That being said, he's a pretty chowish kid and may eat, for example, pickled things and dried things.

Caveats: his fine motor skills are still somewhat limited and he refuses to ask for help. So, things like tuna pouches are probably not something he can handle as he's not strong enough to rip them apart - he can't even rip apart small bags of snacks by himself without getting them all over the floor, so I put those things in Resusies, which are reusable cloth baggies, and now will just go with regular ziplocks for snacks for camp (he can work ziplocks). Also, he's always been a bit of a choker, so I want to avoid hard/hard to chew foods like jerky and some of the dried fruits that are super hard. I'm thinking salami and pepperoni would surely be ok if left out for a few hours, and some cheeses.

Welcoming ideas/recipes/links. I have a few building blocks, like stonyfield "go gurt" yogurts, maybe I can make some kind of savory muffins, maybe he would do pasta salad or black bean salad in a vinaigrette. Looking for more ideas.

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