The first year my family and I aimed to do a totally meatless Lent, I lost count of how many people asked us, "But what are you going to do about lunch?" See, I'm allergic to peanuts, to the point where people can't even eat them around me. Alas, no peanut butter in the house. And believe me, I've tried: the kids just don't like any other nut butters with which we could substitute. Neither do they like tuna. And I can't say I blame them. So while other moms are slapping together the tuna salad and the PB&Js, I have to get a little more creative.
Thermoses to the rescue.
Here's a list of our favorite things to put in the Thermos during Lent (and, well, the rest of the year, truth be told):
- Teeny Tiny Taco Topping
- Carrot Salad
- Mediterranean Black Bean Salad
- Black Tie Taco Beans (put this in the slow cooker on low the night before, and you're ready to fill your Thermoses in the morning before the bus shows up)
- Refried bean burritos, cut into pinwheels
- Hummus with veggies and crackers packed alongside
- Salsa with a side of baked corn chips and shredded cheese
- Cheese cubes with crackers, and carrot sticks
- Spaghetti-Os (don't judge)
- Whole wheat cous cous with chopped raw veggies, some olive oil, lemon juice, and a favorite seasoning or two
- Leftover ANYTHING: Make an extra big batch of dinner the night before and use the leftovers for lunches
See, it's not so hard getting through meatless days without peanut butter! You can do this! Or wait--maybe you're already doing this. What are some peanut-free or other hypoallergenic suggestions from your family's lunch repertoire?
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About the Author
Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. She's working with Our Sunday Visitor on a book about parenting spirituality for survivors of family abuse and dysfunction. Find out more about her novels and other projects at ErinMcColeCupp.com.