|Easy Lunch Box system|
One of my favorite sites is called 100 Days of Real Food because she uses real food to create meals for her family. One of her great ideas is to make smoothies and freeze them in silicone molds. I actually own these molds and they are amazing and work great!! I have never had one leak or pop open and they clean up easily in the dishwasher. They are available on amazon for about $10 for 4. Click HERE to see where to buy them.
Chicken Noodle Soup
100 Days of Real Food also has, what I think is genius and I can't believe I didn't think of this, chicken noodle soup in mason jars and frozen for those busy mornings. Just pull one out from the freezer, heat up, and place in a thermos. Genius!!! That would make lunch prep so quick in the morning!
Muffin Tin Pizza & MoreThis next idea could be adapted to so many different kinds of food. I made muffin tin lasagna in an earlier post and this is a take on that. It is called muffin tin pizza. Make a couple muffin tins of these, freeze, and you have lunches for a month. I found this recipe on All My Great Ideas Are Really From Pinterest (fabulous name) and it is also a fabulous idea!!
|Pizza Muffin Tin Recipe|
- I am also planning on using the pizza dough for mini pizza pockets and ham and cheese pockets.
- Another take on the muffin tin idea is macaroni and cheese muffin tin bites. Click HERE for that recipe. I am really excited to try those!!
Mini Pancake Bites
This last idea has had my mouth watering since I pinned it on Pinterest. My kids think it sounds kind of weird, but I think once they taste it they will be sold. Pancake Sausage Bites!! I am going to make them in a mini muffin tin and freeze them. Instead of real sausage I am going to use freeze dried veggie sausage in some and freeze dried blueberries in another batch. If you don't have freeze dried or dehydrated use the real version. Click HERE for the recipe from gwaltneyfoods.com.
Now, I always start off the year with so much motivation, so we'll see what works and how long I can keep up with the baking :) But I feel so much better giving my kids a lunch that I know they are eating and also getting good nutrition. And remember that you can substitute most items in these recipes with freeze dried, dehydrated, and homemade versions of what the recipe calls for. Even the sausage and cheese have a freeze dried substitute!! There are also recipes for making your own vegetarian meat, called seitan, made out of wheat gluten. All of these lunches can be made from your storage and you will feel so great knowing you made healthy lunches for your kids.