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I am wondering if you can give me some ideas for healthy dinners to take with us picnic style.I have four kids, two of them very picky eaters and four nights a week we aren't able to think about dinner until 7pm. I am not liking the idea of eating so late so I am looking for some healthy packable dinners to try.

Julie Beebe from SLN asked this
April 11, 2012 at 12:08 PM

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Great question Julie. This one is right up my alley. As a busy working mom and chef it isn't always easy to cook for my own family. With a little pre-planning and creative thinking I have developed a series of quick easy meals that can be made ahead. Most of them can be eaten cold so they are packable. Check out the following links to my recipes and tell me what you think. http://www.hellolife.net/eating-healthy/r/asian-cabbage-red-pepper-pea-salad/ http://www.hellolife.net/eating-healthy/r/vegetarianlasagna/ http://www.hellolife.net/eating-healthy/r/sesame-beef-stir-fry-with-asparagus-red-peppers-and-soba-noodles/ http://www.hellolife.net/eating-healthy/r/veggie-lettuce-wrap/ http://www.hellolife.net/eating-healthy/r/tri-color-frittata/

Sue answered
April 17, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Personally I love making wraps. You can fill them with just about anything, so the picky eaters won't be out of luck, and everyone can get what they want. Just remember to keep the dressings or sauces on the side if you're making wraps ahead of time!

Big Dave from SLN answered
April 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Wow! Four kids?! You look great!

I agree with Dave. Wraps are a great way to go! We make egg wraps all the time. ( It replaces other protein options because we only eat fish at my house and my daughter doesn't like it unfortunately.)

I use Jessica's advice and make sure it's loaded with veggies - not sure what your kids favorites are. My daughter love bell pepper and cucumber so those go in with some lettuce. For myself I and tomato and onion, but Ivy won't eat them - though curiously, she loves salsa, so I'll switch it up sometimes and add that to a scrambled egg breakfast wrap.

Other idea - pasta salad - you can make a great big batch ahead of time! I just made some yesterday using tubbetini pasta (look like tiny spaghetti o's - they're Ivy's favorite) dressed with lime juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and little minced garlic - tossed with asparagus, artichokes, bell peppers, cucumber, and small dice sized cubes of mozzarella for Ivy, then added fresh chopped parsley, tomato, onion and tofu for me and her father. We top it with balsamic reduction which you can make yourself by taking balsamic and reducing it down, but we get conveniently prepared in a bottle near the vinegars at the grocery store for about $4. It adds a little sweetness which Ivy loves. :)

Erin Froehlich answered
April 23, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Thank you all... Great Ideas!!

Julie Beebe from SLN answered
April 24, 2012 at 1:49 PM
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