Friday, August 24, 2012

School Lunches Update

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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........

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