School is in full swing, at least in our little corner of the world it is. Since organization is the name of this school year game, I’ve purchased a little box to help make lunches more fun and convenient this year.
I stumbled across this little box known as a Bento Box. If you’re familiar with Japanese culture at all, I’m sure you have heard of this compartmental box for meals. This one happens to be plastic. While, I personally, prefer glass, we are talking about a 10-year old and taking lunch to school. I need the container to survive after all.
As you can see there are a plethora of combinations that could be utilized. My daughter goes through phases of what she feels like eating. Sometimes she wants a sandwich, other times just sandwich meat, sometimes just a bit of this and that. Prior to the week beginning, I cut up different fruits, if needed, so I can refill her container each night. This has been such a time saver!
Whether she feels like being vegetarian for the day or carnivorous, there are spaces to satisfy her appetite. This week she is focusing on salami slices, fruit and she’s adding grape tomatoes. One of the pics shows how hard-boiled eggs can be substituted as the protein, instead of meat slices. Another option would be to make a garden salad or add a pasta salad by removing the compartments. It works for young and older kids, or even adults taking their lunches to work.
When all has been decided upon, simple snap on the lid, another bonus (it stays closed), and set it in the fridge until the morning.
Then add to a reusable lunch bag, a small ice pack to keep it all cool and in a blink of an eye, lunch is ready to go to school with your little one.
I wish waking them up and getting them dressed was that easy!
If you like this particular bento box, you can find it here.
It’s Sunday and there’s school in the morning. If you’ve got kids in school, odds are you have lunches to make. My daughter rarely purchases lunch from school and this year it’s not even an option; as the government made it non-cost efficient to offer one while conforming to their rigid guidelines. I’m ok with that; I prefer sending in her food with her.
Now, I’m not a morning person; regardless of what my sleeping schedule may say to the contrary. I do my best to set the coffee up the night before. After all, that is my life blood and it’s what saves the world from ultimate destruction should I not have that vital liquid.
I’ve a got a tween in the house (pre-teen, that is) and her appetite is increasing. So, I give some snacks she likes as well as some healthy ones I know she will eat as well. One of her favorite go-to snacks are the Pepperdige Farm Goldfish Crackers.
Tonight, I purchased a 30 oz. box of the crackers and planned to divide them up. I took a sandwich bag and filled it half-way with goldfish. I did this 16 times until the box was emptied.
Now, instead of having a bunch of loose snack packs in my cabinet, I cut off the top of the goldfish box, wiped it out and then restack the snack packs in the box. This way, for the next 16 lunches I prepare (about 3 weeks’ worth), I just grab one each evening and put it in her lunch bag.
Of course I did the math. This box cost me $5.98. When I divide that by 16 snack packs I made by the cost of the box. It comes out to about $0.37 each. If you were to buy the individual snack packs from Pepperidge Farm, then you’d pay at least 10 cents more per pack and it would include less crackers. By creating my own snack packs and storing them in their original container, I’ve saved at least $1.60 on this one snack.
Place the box in the cabinet and it stays organized and I’ll know when I’m getting low on my daughter’s favorite snack. A little planning ahead can make the mornings run much smoother, esp. since getting up before the sun rises is one of my least favorite activities.