Well, meals in general are a challenge for us: 1 picky eater, 1 with severe food allergies, and well, we don't have any issues from the other one... he's a garbage disposal! :)
Mr. Picky won't eat anything with sauce or cheese or lunch meat or anything that squishes or is slimy. He specifically asks for "Macaroni & Cheese without the Cheese"... so, yes, plain elbows. (Although we don't do Mac&Cheese anymore anyway...)
Many times I will serve what is leftover from the previous night's supper. I like to put at least 3 - 4 options on their plate and let them choose what they eat. Standards for Will (almost 6) and Nathan (2 1/2) include any combination of the following:
chicken noodle soup
peanut butter sandwich
slices & peeled apples or pears
black eyed peas (Will's favorite!)
raw baby carrots
graham crackers w/ peanut butter
Witt also eats the above except for the raw carrots, chicken noodle soup (egg noodles), and peanut butter. I give him sunflower butter instead because I just don't have much confidence in his allergy testing from last year. I also skin and cut up the (Hebrew National) hot dogs for him.
Will's standard lunch for school includes a combination of:
drink: 1/2 juice - 1/2 water
raw baby carrots
yogurt raisins (we don't serve at home, so this is a treat)
a banana, apple, or pear
peanut butter sandwich (no crust) or PB on graham crackers
As you can see... not extremely healthy. We could do much better. I'd like to add more veggies, of course, but still want to keep lunches easy.
Some of the changes I am currently making include using more whole wheat flour when I bake and switching to healthier noodles. I'm not ready to try whole wheat noodles again quite yet, but there are other options out there now. Just last night I bought some quinoa pasta (although we don't need gluten free products, I hear this is a great source of iron and protein). I also bought it in flake form for cooking. I'm curious to see how the boys react to it (especially plain). We shall see.
So, what do you cook/serve for your kiddos' lunches?