Pre-school Lunch Menu and Mini Giveaway

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What does your pre-schooler eat? I think Rosie is a good eater, meaning that she isn’t picky about what she eats, but she is still a little kid.  It’s always a challenge to find something that is healthy and that appeals to her tastes.  I put a list up on our refrigerator, to help me on those days when my mind goes blank and I hear, “I’m hungry, Mommmmmmmmmeeeeeeeeeee!”  You know, when Mommy is about 18 syllables long.

Here’s my list

  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Fish Fingers
  • Spaghetti
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Peanut Butter Sandwich
  • Jelly Sandwich

(Note that it’s not a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich.  Rosie eats a Peanut Butter Sandwich and / or a Jelly Sandwich, but never do the two meet in the same sandwich *sigh*)

That list is the “main course”/”entree”, hehehe.  Funny to use a French word to describe the food on that list, hehehe.  Then I throw in baby carrots, blueberries, celery, mandarin oranges etc. to get the fruit and vegetable side of the equation.  Thankfully, Rosie will eat all of those.  I try to modify any of the above whenever I can to add whole grains, low fat, low salt, no-sugar added alternatives.

Perdue Chicken (you know the folks with the funny commercials about a chicken-obsessed owner) has just helped me out with the Chicken Nuggets.  Perdue makes chicken nuggets with whole grain breading! And they are all white meat.  We had some today for lunch and they were delicious.  I did have to try a few times to get the microwave timing down pat, but once I did, they came out really well.  I liked the taste and the consistency of the breading.  I put it on a microwave safe plate and paper towel just because I like my nuggets really dry.  I cooked them for 15 seconds, flipped ’em, and 15 seconds more.  The amount of time would depend on your particular oven.  There are also instructions on the bag for a toaster oven, which I think would work even better than a microwave.

The Perdue Whole Grain Chicken Nuggets come in a resealable bag (thank you, Perdue!).  I bet they have a mom in their package design department.  I plan on keeping a bag on hand in my freezer and adding it to my “staples” grocery list.

Perdue and Crayola have teamed up to host a national contest encouraging families to enter an original picture of how they bring fun to the dinner table.  The prizes include a cruise (YES!) package, a year’s supply of Perdue chicken, and other Perdue and Crayola products.  Additional information about the contest can be found here.

I want to share one of the coupons I was sent with a lucky reader!  The value of the coupon isn’t worth doing a whole big giveaway thingie, so let’s do this….  The 8th person to leave me a comment telling me a favorite meal for a child, will win my second coupon for a free Perdue Cooked Chicken product.  Only one comment per person please – I know there are seven nice people out there who will help someone win!  Sorry, US residents only.  Good luck!

Disclosure:  I was sent two coupons for Perdue Chicken to try the product.  My opinions are my own.


  1. 1

    I guess I’ll be number 1.One of my sons favorite meals that I also love is lightly buttered egg noodles mixed with corn, salt and pepper. So simple yet so yummy.

  2. 2

    One thing my daughter likes to eat is grilled salmon with a side of broccoli cooked with butter!

  3. 3

    Definitely Mac & Cheese! Goes over well every time ;-)

  4. 4

    My girls (teenagers now) loved grilled cheese sammies and tomato soup…with much dunking involved!

    Another dunking favorite for lunch OR breakfast is a soft-boiled egg with toast cut into strips thin enough to dunk into the egg.

  5. 5
    Elaine Lund says:

    My daughter loves tuna fish. She also likes Kraft Mac and Cheese. And my older daughter has a thing for Progresso Chickarina Soup!

  6. 6
    april yedinak says:

    I had to laugh over the peanut butter and jelly thing. That is me! When I was a kid, my mom would have to do one piece of bread with pb and fold in half to make a sandwich and then do the same for jelly. I still won’t combine them to this day and the stuff sold together in the jar, forget about it! It makes me shudder to look at the purple and brown stripes together! :)

  7. 7

    My son just took his 20th PB&J to school today. He won’t take anything else!

    Here comes number 8….

  8. 8

    oh wow the trials of motherhood lol

  9. 9

    My daughter will only take hotdogs to school!

  10. 10

    Congrats #8!!!

  11. 11

    Congratulations, Jill! And hugs to Melissa, Renee, Kristie, CCL, Elaine, April and Melanie for helping her win. You guys rock!

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