You made it through summer, and now school is back in session.
I remember when my mother would spend hours preparing my lunch for school. One hundred and eighty school lunches are packed before the end of the school year. Here are a few creative ideas to make the task easier:Freeze a whole month of sandwiches
- Roll up sandwiches: Cut crusts off bread; roll bread with rolling pin; spread with desired filling and roll up. Tip: Meat fillings freeze best. Do not freeze mayonnaise.
- Canoe sandwich: Scoop out center of French roll or hoagie bun to make canoe. Butter both sides and add a filling such as chicken.
Cut roll in half for lunches for smaller children.
- Pear spread: Mix mashed pears, cinnamon and peanut butter; spread on bread.
Freezer wrapping tips
Double bag everything to keep air out.
Put each sandwich in a small resealable plastic bag. Fill a one-gallon self-sealing plastic bag with the same kinds of sandwiches and label it.
Thawing instructions: Place frozen sandwich directly into lunch box. Add a frozen box of juice to keep entire lunch cool. By lunchtime, both the sandwich and the juice will have thawed.
For faster thawing, microwave sandwich for 10 seconds.
- Banana Dog: This isn't frozen, but it is fun.
Open a hot dog bun and spread one side with peanut butter, the other with jelly. Wrap it and put it in the lunch bag.
Pack a whole banana in the bag. At lunchtime, your child peels the banana and puts it in the bun like a hot dog! This may sound a little weird to some of you, but I guarantee your child will love it (if they like all of the ingredients, of course).
I hope these ideas will alleviate some of the stress you go through preparing your child's school lunches.
Spend an afternoon producing a month of school lunches and you have the rest of the month off!
Next week: Dessert dough that the younger kids at home can play with and eat.