Lunchbox Woes

The kids are back in school and with that comes a return to the hustle and bustle in the morning as we get ready for the day ahead.  I have so many kids in school now that preparing lunch the night before isn’t an option, there just isn’t room in our fridge.  So I do my best to make a plan of attack the night before so that all we have to do is pull everything together and pack it up in the morning.  It works for us, but planning is key.  The day I don’t have everything thought out the night before is inevitably the day the kids forgets their lunch or doesn’t pack enough to get them through day.

The challenge is what exactly to send in the lunchbox each day.  My kids can only take so many ham sandwiches before they are crying out for mercy.  Our school has a nutrition policy in place and is nut free zone so anything with nuts in it is out.  For my girls this isn’t an issue, but my son would eat peanut butter for lunch and dinner if I’d let him. Staying within a budget can be  a challenge too.  That’s why for the kids first day back as school I tried something new – Cucumber Roll Ups.  They were fast, easy and judging by the requests for a repeat performance today, a bit hit with the kids.  To make them you will need:

  • Old El Paso* SMART FIESTA* tortillas
  • Cream Cheese
  • 1 cucumber cut in half then sliced lengthwise so you have 8 pieces.  If it’s a larger cucumber slice into more pieces.
  • tomato slices
Spread a thin layer of cream cheese over the taco, lay the cucumber and tomato slices on the tortilla and roll up.  Use a toothpick to hold in place.  Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy – as we say in my house.

This year I will continue to look for ways to make healthy lunches more fun for the kids using ideas from some of favourite blogs as well as Life Made Delicious.  Leftovers will still play a part.  Chili and pizza, even spaghetti makes the lunchbox cut, as long it’s all home-made.  On my list of kitchen gear to get is a canning set up so I can preserve my sauces and jams that my son loves so much. Right now I freeze, but without a deep freeze I can’t make as much as I would like.

Are you a canner?  Do you have a go to site for lunchbox ideas?

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