It’s been one week of packing lunches and I feel like my head is spinning. There’s so much to do in the mornings to get my girls off to school, but I think we worked the kinks out and will settle into a routine shortly.
The girls love their new stainless steel thermoses. I’ve been making larger dinners so they can heat up the leftovers in the morning and take them in a thermos. What a huge hit!
We can also make smoothies and freeze them in small containers; by lunch time the smoothie will have thawed into a great cold meal.
I wrote a post last year about back to school lunch ideas and here are some new ideas:
Sweet Crispy Pecans
Pop Tarts – I make large batches and freeze them. Then I reheat one in the oven and place it in a small paper bag (to avoid sogginess) and it’s a great treat for the kids.
Caprese Salad – We prefer to eat this at room temperature.
Homemade Beef Jerky
Pizza Roll-ups – Spread marinara sauce on a whole wheat tortilla. Sprinkle with mozzarella and spinach or arugula leaves. Roll up, and bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes until cheese has melted.
Popped Corn with Kale Sprinkles (make some kale chips and crumble them up. Sprinkle over popped corn. I just saw this idea in the soon-to-be released The Organic Family Cookbook. What a brillant idea!)
Chicken Tenders – Heat them up and put them in an insulated thermos to keep warm. They are also great at room temperature (they stay more crisp this way too).
Here are a few of my favorite recent posts around the web:
21 Ways to Plan Ahead for School Lunches – from 100 Days of Real Food
Eat Well, Spend Less: The Art of Back-to-School Lunches – from Food for My Family
Back to School Snacks: Easy Recipes for Homemade Snacks – from Good Life Eats
Back to School Lunch Box Survival Tips – from Family Fresh Cooking