Lunchbox Hacks for Crazy Busy Mummas!
School lunches seem to be one of those things that you either love or you hate, there is never is much in between.
Personally, I find like anything, preparation is the key to success (and by success, I mean making this whole process easy and stress-free for me every day)!
I start each school term with a bulk prep session! A weekend of non-stop making, baking, cooling, cutting and freezing!. I make as much as I can humanly make in one weekend (and as much as I can store in my freezer as humanly possible)!. My best advice is to make a blend of savoury and some sweet treats.
My cook ups usually consist of the following cooking schedule:
- Bacon & Egg taco boats
- Savoury Waffles
- Chicken Meatballs
- Chicken, Corn and Cheese Quesadillas
- Sandwiches (bread or sandwich thins)
- Mini savoury pastry parcels
- Savoury scrolls
- Mini Pancakes
By preparing all these items in bulk ahead of the school term and freezing, saves me heaps of time and stress during my school week.
For those of you who are new to my story, let me just recap my (crazy busy) life……
I work full-time as a classroom teacher at a local primary school, I do all the administrating for a painting and contracting business I run alongside my husband. To add to that I also run my own online business as a brand influencer for health, wellness and beauty products, as well as fashion blogging. Not to mention, I am a very hands-on Mumma to my two boys Oscar (6) and Ollie (4), all whilst still living my social and sporting life too.
So I definitely understand the definition of busy and time poor!
By pre-making and freezing a good bulk of my lunchbox fillers, I can easily pack my boys lunchboxes the night before (or even the morning of) without having a major breakdown. All I need to do is chuck it in the lunchbox, and cut up some fresh fruit and I am good to go!
A standard lunchbox for us usually consists of the following items:
- 1-2 Savoury item/s (I like to mix it up by placing a few of the items in smaller portions allowing for variety) such as half a sandwich and one quesadilla triangle.
- 1 piece of slice or biscuit
- 1 portion of fresh fruit (plus a second portion in a separate container for fruit break)
- 1 portion of either popcorn/pretzels/vege chips
- 1 small portion of sultanas
Other fresh fillers I like to use include:
- Yoghurt or fruit pouches (I puree seasonal fruit that I have frozen when they aren’t in season but the boys feel like strawberries or mangoes out of season).
- Fresh cold meat, crackers and cheese
- Dip and carrot sticks or celery
- Cherry tomatoes
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Cooked pasta or noodles
Head on over to the recipes tab as I will begin to share some of my frozen lunchbox filler recipes over the next few months. You can get organised and start your 2019 school year with a freezer full of pure stress free mornings (and food)!
Love Renee xx