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Lunch ideas for kids- hot lunches

So traditional dinner in germany is open faced sandwiches. Google abend brot if you want a visual lol. So sandwiches for lunch not so much. Plus if we are having cold dinners also traditional in Germany is that lunch is the hot meal.

So to those of you who cook or serve hot lunches not bread type meals what do you do that is healthy, frugal and praticial ie easy to prepare with 2 kids home or can be prepped the night before.

Does anyone else cook hot lunches?

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pasta with either spaghetti sauce or italian dressing

soups

rice

mac & cheese
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I'll do leftovers, mac n chz, quesadilla, various toasted sandwiches...soup for DS1 and myself.
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Hot lunches to pack? Or eat at home? If you are eating at home, you could cook anything that is traditionally a dinner meal in the US. Soups, stir fry and fried rice are pretty simple meals. Quiche or frittatas are very simple to make too.
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I operate backwards of most people. I cook a big lunch meal and then we eat leftovers for dinner or snacky type things.

Things that I've had on my menu the past couple of weeks...
Baked ham and scalloped potatoes
ham and bean soup
chicken fettucine alfredo
chicken noodle soup and grilled cheese
spaghetti and meatballs
meatloaf and mac 'n cheese
frittata, roasted potatoes and fruit salad
roast with carrots
ham fried rice
baked "fried" chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy
chili
chicken chili
pancakes, eggs and fruit
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I operate backwards of most people. I cook a big lunch meal and then we eat leftovers for dinner or snacky type things.

Things that I've had on my menu the past couple of weeks...
Baked ham and scalloped potatoes
ham and bean soup
chicken fettucine alfredo
chicken noodle soup and grilled cheese
spaghetti and meatballs
meatloaf and mac 'n cheese
frittata, roasted potatoes and fruit salad
roast with carrots
ham fried rice
baked "fried" chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy
chili
chicken chili
pancakes, eggs and fruit
Yeah German tradition is eat breakfast like a prince, lunch like a king and dinner like a pauper. Germans do not like heavy late meals.

At my husbands work he gets a full buffet for 2,00 a day and I could not beat that price packing even a standard lunch including healthy side, but he doesnt then want to eat hot again. And I dont want the kids eating breads so much.

So I want to cook dinner for lunch. But I have 2 age 2 and under so I cannot do anything complex,
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Yeah German tradition is eat breakfast like a prince, lunch like a king and dinner like a pauper. Germans do not like heavy late meals.

At my husbands work he gets a full buffet for 2,00 a day and I could not beat that price packing even a standard lunch including healthy side, but he doesnt then want to eat hot again. And I dont want the kids eating breads so much.

So I want to cook dinner for lunch. But I have 2 age 2 and under so I cannot do anything complex,
I don't like a heavy meal for dinner either. I cook a full meal but I usually only eat a few bites of everything. I hate going to bed on a full stomach. I would prefer to eat the big meal at lunch time and have a light supper.

I use allrecipes for meal ideas. I check the recipes of the day and note any interesting ones I want to try. Everything I cook is pretty easy as I have rules about cooking. It can't have more than 10 ingredients or more than 3 steps in the directions. You could use the crockpot for some things. I put carrots in a crockpot with a couple tablespoons of olive oil and one clove of garlic crushed on high for 3 hours. It's one of ds's favorite sides. You could put chicken pieces on the bone in the crockpot with some bbq sauce on high for 4 hours.

I love german food! I'd have no self control if I lived in Germany. We lived in Thailand for 3 years and I loved to eat in the german area of our city. There was a joint meat company called thai german meats that had the best bacon and sausages!
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