Thanks to Ann Kroeker for the link!
So, just to round out our food discussion for the nonce, I thought I would touch on that touchy subject, lunch. With a secret to packing lunches, below.
It’s touchy to me because I detest it. I can hardly even say it. Are you ready for “b-lunch?” “su-lunch?” I am always blurting. I like breakfast and supper. I don’t like lunch!
I don’t have any pictures of sandwich-making for you because I try to block out the whole thing!
For those of us at home, we eat leftovers that aren’t earmarked for future suppers. I have a good macaroni and cheese recipe that I’ll share with you — much cheesier and easier to make than most. Make a big pot of it and the kids will eat it all week!
And soup is a great lunch dish.
The occasional quesedilla or salad rounds out the menu here.
On Saturdays, when I would rather walk on tiny swords barefoot than make lunch, we have leftover pizza from the night before. Making extras is so worth it when you are knee-deep in chores and errands!
Again, make your grocery list with your very own favorite lunch menus in mind. You should know how many loaves of bread you need in a week (and if you make bread, how many sacks of flour!), how much ham, how many cans of tuna, how many packages of pasta. The things you need for each lunch each day!
Stock up on what you need and be at peace!
PACKING LUNCHES — the secret to sanity.
When the kids were packing lunches for school, and I had up to 6 people heading out the door with a brown bag, I realized something important: Don’t expect to make lunches during breakfast. It’s a BAD IDEA.
The counters are already strewn with bagels, butter, eggs, cereal, and milk. Add to that mayo, ham, plastic bags, chips, and all the rest, and you will spend the rest of the morning just putting things away.
No. Make lunch at lunchtime. While you are making sandwiches for those at home, make them for the next day as well! While you are heating soup, get lunches ready for the brown-baggers!At the very least, make them at night before bed. Do whatever it takes to avoid the morning chaos.
I like to make them myself or delegate to a responsible older child, because it’s the most efficient and frugal use of the food.
No kid is going to take that last chicken breast and make chicken salad. No kid is going to know to put half a slice of ham extra on each sandwich to avoid leaving behind a slice and a half, good for nothing. Something will end up shoved to the back of the shelf if you are not there to supervise.
But, once the sandwiches are made and wrapped, it’s up to them to get a bag and put into it a piece of fruit, some snacks, a cookie, and the sandwich. Keep a good supply of brown bags in a handy spot.
They can even get a napkin. They can do it.
And they have to be sternly warned never to throw good food away! Give it to someone and then tell me if you are getting too much or don’t like something. (Not that they are allowed to be super picky, but if there is a genuine distaste for mustard or meatloaf, you’d better let me know and not just throw it away!)