Week 4 of school lunches for the year, and I think I'm getting into my groove. I try to include leftovers in the mix whenever I can, it makes lunch making really easy if you just pack your dinner leftovers into your lunch containers as you are cleaning up from dinner. I love efficiency and something that accomplishes making lunch and putting away dinner at the same time is definitely a win for me.
We had one interesting development in lunch packing this week. The pre-k teacher told me that the littlest one is just not making it to lunch before she runs out of steam. Even with the mid-morning snack they serve at school, she just needs to nibble more often. So I am now sending her with an extra container of snack that she can graze on throughout the morning, and a thermos of milk (otherwise my kids always just drink water with lunch).
A few other thoughts and tips on lunch for this week:
- I think kids are more likely to eat their lunch if it looks interesting and fun. But that doesn't have to take a lot of work. Take an ordinary food and just serve it up differently - like the lunch I served this week of pizza bites. It was leftover pizza from my 7-year old twins birthday party. I cut it into bites and gave them all a cute little mini fork to eat at with. I got those forks in the $1 aisle at Target.
- Frozen veggies work great in lunch. In the first lunch below I just took some corn (which I had previously cut off the cobs and frozen) straight out of the freezer and put in the lunches. It was thawed and ready to eat by lunchtime.
- Think about things that aren't traditionally lunch foods - my kids love having breakfast for lunch. Last week a made up a batch of my homemade instant oatmeal, and it was a super easy lunch.
- I find that my kids are more likely to eat faster and make less mess if I give them kid sized bites. They get so little time to eat, so I try to make it easy for them. So the pizza lunch, and the one with the little skewers were easy bite sizes pieces for them.
Some of the things you see in the lunches:
- Containers are EasyLunchboxes.
- The little containers with lids inside the lunchboxes are also from the same brand. They are leakproof and great for holding sauce or dips, or small amounts of yogurt.
- The little clear plastic forks are just some I found in the dollar section at Target. I always keep my eye out for kid sized and lunch sized things like that. But these ones here actually look very similar.
- The green and blue square cups are silicone baking cups, and they work great in lunch boxes.
- I made the 'uncrustable' sandwiches using this sandwich cutter.
- Soup and oatmeal and other hot foods I serve in thermos jars like these.
- I got the little skewers at my local Asian market (a great place to look for Bento supplies!), but here are some similar ones.
- These are the super cute little bento forks.