So glad I logged( after a year and a half or so) in when you were reviving this thread. After a year of homeschooling and a year of the best Public school in the county I am going back to a small private Montessori with no hot lunch program....
I make them things like garbenzo fried rice ( boil rice in water or chx stock, heat EVOO, sauté some cumin seeds add garbenzo peas from a can, season, add rice stir. Also things like chx meat balls with whole grain pasta. I put it in the small wide mouthed, round ,thermos lunch box from Target. They say it's piping hot by lunch time.
One of my Caucasian friends said, somewhat disapprovingly" My kids will never eat "GARBENZO PEAS" , but I have high hopes from you. I think we need to get our kids more protien from plant sources then we currently do.
Bento Boxes from lunchboxes.com are very good for kids seeking variety and come with a booklet full of colorful ideas ..... more later