One Mom's Plan to Let Her Kids Pack Their Own School Lunches This Year
They’re back at it! Our year-round school already started a few weeks ago, and this year I’m trying something new for lunch. It’s called: Three Small Kids Pack Their Own Lunches. Here’s how it works:
On the weekends I prep two platters, one full of fruit and the other with veggies. These are the only lunch “side dishes” for the whole week. Then I narrow in on two “main” ingredients for the week. Think peanut butter, tortillas, roasted chicken breast and so on. Each day I whip up a main dish for lunches using one of the two chosen ingredients in a different way — many of them can be made ahead of time.
Every day when the kids come home from school, they wash out the lunch boxes, I set out the platters and the main dish, and let them go to work! Each kid fills a box full of just the right combination of fruits and veggies, then the whole thing is stored in the fridge for the next hectic morning ahead.
Here’s a sample menu focusing on two main ingredients from this week, mozzarella cheese and eggs:
Tuesday: Sandwiches on a Stick
Wednesday: Rolled Turkey and Apple Quesadilla Pinwheels
Thursday: Egg Salad Club Sandwiches
Friday: Turkey & Cheese Rollups
But the options are endless, especially if you really embrace the whole trick: making two things out of one ingredient and rotating through the week.
Once you get into the habit of reusing a couple ingredients throughout the week — and having the sides sliced, diced and ready to go — the packing is so simple that kids can cover it in five minutes flat.