Cynthia’s batch lunch prep makes so much sense, it’s a wonder we aren’t all doing this.
We have to bring lunch to daycare 3 days a week. I used to struggle with getting lunches ready in the morning, and with keeping my husband from eating the lunch supplies before I could pack them. Then, I realized that the lunch fixings would be just as cold inside their paper bags as they are in their original packaging. So, here’s what I do on Sunday night:
- Buy a half pound of sliced turkey or ham, a package of kid yogurt, 100-calorie packs of goldfish crackers, and a bunch of bananas. Obviously, you would substitute what your kid likes for lunch. I’ve used chicken drumsticks, leftover roast beef, hard-boiled eggs, string cheese, artichokes and baby carrots. Note, though, that sandwiches get yucky sitting in the fridge, so pack the parts separately.
- Write my daughter’s name on the front of 3 paper bags, and draw a cute little picture on each.
- Unwrap the lunch meat, cut it into 3rds, and put 1/3 in each of 3 Ziploc baggies.
- Place a baggie of lunchmeat, a banana, a yogurt, and a pack of crackers into each bag
- Fold the bags closed and stick them in the fridge.
Each morning, I just grab the bag in front. Easy. And my husband knows that what’s in the bags is off limits.
Sounds too simple to make a difference, but our mornings are much smoother, and we haven’t forgotten lunch once since we started doing this.
Anyone with more suggestions for streamlining lunches?