So today is the first day of school in our neck of the woods. It involves a ton of preparation so the mornings run smoothly around here. The 7:30am school bus comes awfully early! So the more things I can get done before the morning, the better.
I've been enjoying posts like this and this that have really got me thinking about what I can do ahead of time. The kids and I spent some time creating a master list for school lunches broken into 3 categories: main dishes, fruits/veggies, and snacks. The list is upstairs and I'm down, so I'll give you a sample list from my brain (its scary in there, I know).
- chicken salad sandwich or crackers (will be referred to as s/c)
- tuna salad s/c
- egg salad s/c
- pb & j sandwich
- turkey, ham, or bologna sandwich
- homemade lunchable
- bagel & cream cheese
- mandarin oranges
- cold veggies & ranch (carrots, celery)
- fruit salad
Snack (salty treat or dessert-type treat)
- nabs crackers
- chex mix
- homemade quick breads (banana, zuccini, pumpkin)
- homemade muffins
Remember, this is just a sample list of some of the things I remember from our custom list. I have been a menu/meal planner for quite a while now...really since I've been married (our 11 year anniversary is this month!). But for some reason, I've only pre-planned and written out our dinners. Never breakfasts or lunches. But I am going to add that into the planning session from now on. It is going to be so freeing not to have to "dream up" what to pack in the kids' lunches each morning. It will already be decided...AAAND...I'll have everything in the house, because those ingredients will have been added to my grocery list during that planning session. Some of those items might already be pre-prepared, packaged up, and frozen. Seriously...such a simple solution, but something I hadn't done, nonetheless.
For more kitchen tips, head over to Tammy's Recipes.
Blog notes: the cute picture is a bento lunch . I'm going to be learning more about that type of packing method soon!