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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Lunch Box Tips #1

Time Saving and Money Saving Tips on getting lunches ready

  • ORGANIZE; Get your containers, fun stuff like stickers, notes, treats; Ice packs; Thermos; Baggies/wrap all ready to go
  • A creative lunch recipe is simply any recipe that’s fun. Use your imagination and come up with different combinations of food and unique ways to present it. See my post on Sept. 13 for more ideas!
  • Buy a bag of chips or pretzels dedicated to lunches. Make up individual baggies of snacks (zipper bags are best for this) and place them back into the empty chip bag. Each morning you just reach in and grab one.
  • Cut carrots and celery into sticks and store in baggies.
  • Buy small fruits such as Clementine’s and grapes, or dried fruits such as dried cranberries and raisins, and make up individual baggies.
  • You can also freeze sandwiches with deli meats, such as ham, turkey, bologna and salami. Make baggies of a piece of lettuce and an individually wrapped piece of cheese to toss in the lunch bag with the frozen sandwich. You can also buy mustard and mayonnaise packets from places like Costco, Sam's Club and restaurant supply stores.
  • To keep jelly from oozing out the bottom of the sandwich, after placing everything inside the lunch bag, place sandwich on top laying flat. Standing it up can cause the jelly to leak out the bottom as it thaws.

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