Thursday, October 13, 2011

School lunches

    Time. I thought when the kids were both into school there would be more of it; but school lunches, laundry, and all the other tasks that go with school take TIME. So, I’m trying something new, Sunday lunch prep. I like to think of it as a two-fer. Two-fers are activities that meet two of my top priorities – in this case saving time AND getting time together as a family.

 We spend about an hour of family time Sundays prepping and bagging our lunch goodies for the week. I buy veggies such as carrots, celery, snap peas, and green beans. Most just need washed and put into containers. Some like the green beans we like to put into a pickling marinade or toss with a sesame dressing. Then they all go into the “lunch drawer” in the frig.

Fruits that can be put into lunches whole (bananas, oranges…) go into a box in the pantry designated as lunch only. Those that need cut or refrigerated (watermelon, grapes…) go into individual size containers and into the frig lunch drawer.

 We divide up snacks from those giant bulk bags (granola, pretzels, dried fruit) into small, individual containers and these go into the pantry box, too.

We are trying for greener living so we are using the reusable snack bags. The kids love the fun designs and wanting to get a favorite bag can motivate them to pick quickly on a rushed school morning.

 Our school day routine is that each child grabs: a fruit, a veggie, a snack item, a beverage, cheese sticks and whatever other protein we have going and puts it all in a lunch sack. So far, so good. How about you? What are you doing to save some time now that school and all its related activities are in full swing?


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