School Lunch Day 107: Muffins and Cereal

It's another breakfast for lunch day for our packed school lunches - but this time we tried something we never had before.

easy breakfast for lunch from

Breakfast for lunch again. This was a really easy one. Two kids have muffins that I made over the weekend - these are my pancake batter muffins, and they are the easiest thing ever to make. One has three with cinnamon and one with blueberries. The other lunch has raspberry muffins. Those two lunches also have a cheese, some grapes, and a few slices of leftover tamago from our dinner the night before, and one has an orange.

Tamago is a sweet and savory Japanese egg omelette, often served at sushi restaurants here. My kids love it, so I was thrilled when I realized it was so easy to make. This was 4 eggs, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and about a tablespoon of soy sauce. I whisk the eggs and seasoning together well, and pour into a hot pan with a little sesame oil. Let it cook until it is mostly solid but still a little wet on top. Then take a spatula and start carefully folding from one side until it is all rolled up. I use my spatulas to press it a little on the sides and top to try to get it to as much of a rectangle shape as I can. The slide it out on to a cutting board, let cool for a few minutes, and slice. 

The third lunchbox was an experiment. One child had been asking if she could have Cheerios and milk for lunch. But I wasn't quite sure how to accomplish that without a wet mess. But we just got these new lunch boxes that claim to be leak proof, so I figured we might as well test it out. I gave her dry Cheerios in her lunchbox along with some grapes and cheese on the side. I told her that when she got to the lunch room she could take out the small container, buy herself a milk, and pour the milk in with the cheerios. 

cereal for lunch in a leak proof container!

Well I wasn't really thinking that she would buy chocolate milk. I guess I should have been more specific. But she did, and she said it was great, and she was very pleased with her lunch. Maybe not the most nutritious lunch ever, but oh well, you win some you lose some. She ate about half of it and then put her lunch box lid back on and put it back in her lunch bag to bring home. 

So what came home was a container half full of soggy cheerios and chocolate milk. And the leak proof lid did it's job - the lunch bag was totally clean and dry. I was very impressed!

One of these lunches is packed in a EasyLunchboxes container. 

The other two are in the Blue Water Bento Splash Box, by EcoLunchboxes. Inside the one with cheerios is their Blue Water Bento Splash Pod

Inside the other Splash Box is an oversized silicone baking cup, it works great for a few things that you want to keep separate from the rest of the lunch. I like these in particular because they are taller than most other silicone muffin cups, so they hold more and keep it from spilling out.

quick and easy idea for packing school lunches - muffins made from pancake batter, and cereal in a leak proof container, from

Lisa Marsh

Mom to two sets of twins.