I want to update you all on how my school lunch baking day went. I made a few things from THIS POST and I think there are a few winners!
The frozen smoothies are my kids' favorite food out of all of this. They also said their friends were jealous that they got a smoothie for lunch! They are so simple to make and I LOVE that they are eating spinach and protein powder and they have no idea! To make freezing the silicone molds easier, I used a tall plastic storage container to hold them upright. These will definitely be on the lunch menu all year.
As I am writing this I am dipping my veggie sausage pancake bites into warm syrup. I know, they are suppose to be for the kids' lunches but they are really good! I froze all of them in freezer bags and I think freezing them makes them even more moist. Reheating them takes about 50 seconds for 4 and I put them in a thermos for the kids to take to school. In the picture you can see I made blueberry and the Morningstar Farms sausage patties. I broke up the patties and pressed them into the batter, yummy!!
I also made the macaroni and cheese muffin cups and they were delicious! I think we may use that recipe for dinner. They were really good right out of the oven. I reheated them and placed two "muffins" in a thermos for my kids. Only one child didn't care for them reheated, so we'll see if I keep this one for a lunch idea. Dinner for sure though!!
Lastly, I have a confession to make. I made the pizza pockets and turkey and cheese pockets. And.....I used store bought roll dough. I know, that is shameful. (I am totally kidding) I am in the process of selling my house and all of my usual kitchen gadgets are put away so our house looks less cluttered. I miss using my Bosch!! So to make my life easier I bought frozen roll dough to make the pockets. They turned out great and my kids said they prefer the pizza pockets over the turkey and cheese. I also froze all of these and it made mornings easier this week. I reheated a couple and added them to the lunch boxes.
So far the first week of school lunches has gone smoothly and my children have loved their food. I am going to try the pizza muffins and soup in a mason jar next. Now, if I can survive the roofers and painters today........