It drives me crazy when I open my kids' lunch boxes and see that they barely touched the food. Not only is it wasteful, I hate the idea of them going back to class hungry.

I've tried numerous things to make them more interested in their packed lunches and finally hit on a winner.

As often as possible, I send sauces or condiments in their lunch for them to add to the food. If my son has left-over stir fry, I throw in a mini-package of soy sauce. WhenI pack mac-n-cheese in his thermos, I include a packet of hot sauce. I'll pack pickles for a ham sandwich.

I even found a tiny bottle of parmesan cheese to send with spaghetti.

My son loves seasoning his food to his taste. I love seeing the food containers come home empty.

-Melissa Kossler Dutton

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