Back to School is coming! If you need help organizing check out these two posts Back to School Organization and then this post My Back to School Organization. In the My Back to School Organization I share how I took the ideas from Back to School Organization and applied it to my home.
Today I want to focus on Sandwich-less Lunch ideas. In my Beach & Boating Snack Ideas post I shared how my family does not like sandwiches. The school that my twins go to is a charter school and they do not have a hot lunch program, so every single school day we have to pack lunches. Wait, one day a week they can buy pizza but for the other 144 days we have to pack lunches. This causes a dilemma in our family since sandwiches aren’t an option. In the middle school/high school they do have microwaves that are available to use but nothing that takes over 3 min. to cook. The under 3 min. rule knocks out any tv dinners, etc. since they take more than 3 min. and they are so full of preservatives anyway. I have been pinning away some recipes that I think would make some good lunch ideas and I will share them here with you. I want somethings I can make ahead and freeze in portion sizes. Here are some of my pinned ideas.
made ahead and frozen.
Do you have any sandwich-less lunch ideas?
I found a few more ideas I wanted to add that I think my boys would like.
Meatloaf in a Muffin Tin
My boys like meatloaf. These would be great protein for them and you can cook ahead and freeze.
Another variation on pizza, just to shake it up a bit.
We love Mexican food so this will be a great addition to our rotation.
Ingenious! What a great idea. Easy to make & freeze.
You could add chicken if you kids like it.
Just released Back to School Sandwich-less Lunches 2
I have had several questions on how to keep food hot if there is no microwave available. That isn’t an issue we have so I did a search on Google and came up with this:
INSULATED THERMOS. An insulated thermos can easily keep foods, such as soups, stews, chili, and even pasta, warm for a few hours. Before placing the food in the thermos, it is best to fill the thermos with boiling water and let it stand for a few minutes. Then, drain it and put the food it. This will temper the thermos and help keep the food warm for a longer period of time. Once closed, the thermos should remain closed until lunchtime. This works very well. Check out the links below (in the additional resources section) for some excellent products designed to keep food warm.
INSULATED LUNCH BOX. Although typically not as good as an insulated thermos, an insulated lunch box (or bag) is another way to keep foods warm for a few hours. Unlike a thermos, larger foods, such as chicken nuggets, can fit in one of these. Wrapping the hot foods in tin foil inside of the insulated lunch box will provide some addition insulation. Check out the links below (in the additional resources section) for some excellent products designed to keep food warm.
Hope this helps some of you!
The Ultimate Back to School Resource
Back to School Organization
My Back to School Organization
Make Ahead School Snacks
Freezer Slow Cooker Meals
Back to School Clothing Checklist
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