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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Easy Lunches

This is how we do lunch.

DSC05318 DSC05774

I use Easy Lunch Boxes and they … are easy Smile

My 6-year-old started first grade this year, so this summer I was on the lookout for an easy way to do lunches. After looking around and reading reviews, I ordered 2 sets (4 containers to a set, so 8 altogether) of Easy Lunch Box containers and one of their insulated lunch bags from Amazon.

I actually enjoy putting together lunches in the morning. I send one with my 1st grader, and also make one for my 2 and 3-year-old while I’m at it. So come lunch time, they just run to the fridge, get their own lunch box and lunch is ready. I love it … and they love having special preschool lunch boxes.

EasyLunchboxes 3-compartment Bento Lunch Box Containers (Set of 4) BPA-Free. Easy-Open Lids (Not Leakproof)   EasyLunchboxes 3-compartment Bento Lunch Box Containers (Set of 4) BPA-Free. Easy-Open Lids (Not Leakproof) 

Things I really like:

  1. They are reusable. No plastic baggies to buy!
  2. The containers have three sections, one is the perfect size for a sandwich, two smaller for sides. And they can hold a surprising amount of food if needed.
  3. One lid covers all three sections. Easy!
  4. The lids are secure (but not leak-proof on purpose) so my kids can take them off themselves.
    • TIP: I use a little Glad Press’n Seal if I put anything a little runny inside (like ketchup, yogurt or peaches with juice). Wax paper works too.
  5. Three containers fit inside one lunch bag perfectly. Great for taking on a picnic or to soccer games. Otherwise, one lunchbox fits with plenty of room for extras and a drink.
  6. I love the variety of meals I can send to school. All in one container. So easy.

Here are some of our lunches:

DSC05318PB & Honey Sandwich, Squeezy applesauce, grapes, cookies DSC05360Mini weiner wraps w/ ketchup, watermelon, cheese cubes, cupcake
DSC05375PB & jelly sandwich, chips, yogurt, pear slices DSC05472Turkey & cream cheese wraps, yogurt, trail mix
DSC05511Meat & cheese sandwich, grapes, teddy graham crackers DSC05523Bagel w/ cream cheese, pretzels, raisins, mini marshmallows
DSC05541PB & honey sandwich, red pepper sticks, applesauce cup, cookies DSC05563Mini cheese pizzas, apple slices, peanut butter dip, oreos
DSC05601Macaroni & cheese, applesauce cup, trail mix DSC05656Homemade PB & jelly uncrustable, fruit salad, peanut butter ball, cookie
DSC05658PB & honey sandwich, pear slices, cheese cubes, fruit loops DSC05663Cheese quesadillas, applesauce cup, chip and salsa
DSC05672Nutella & honey sandwich, grapes, yogurt, cookies DSC05712Chicken tenders w/ ketchup, peanuts, applesauce cup, dots
DSC05715Turkey & cheese sandwich, grapes, leftover apple crisp DSC05730PB & honey sandwich, cottage cheese, peaches, mini nilla wafers
DSC05775Homemade lunchable w/ crackers, sliced cheese & turkey, applesauce, nutter butters DSC05817Banana bread muffins, red pepper sticks, pretzels, grapes, trail mix

DSC05774  Cryopak Flexible Ice Mat, Set of 2 (36 pouches total)

This is where I got some of the extras:

  • Sippy Juice Boxes … $1.99 each at K-Mart. Perfect size and they don’t leak! I’ve seen similar juice boxes here but they’re more expensive Confused smile
  • Light My Fire Sporks … come in a set of 4 here. Reusable spoon & fork in one. I’ve been very pleased with the design and durability.
  • Silicone Muffin Cups … set of 12 similar to these. I found these red ones at Bed, Bath & Beyond. They carry other colors at Michaels & Jo-Ann. Perfect for dividing up the larger section. Love using them!
  • Flexible Ice Mat … these fit perfectly in the bottom of the lunch bag but you can also cut them to whatever size you need. I throw them in the freezer at night and grab one in the morning. Available here.

P.S. I wasn’t paid to say any of this. I’ve just really enjoyed using Easy Lunch Boxes and wanted to pass it on Smile

4 comments:

  1. I just found your website and I LOVE it!! I'm a preschool teacher, always looking for new ideas. THANK YOU!!!!

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  2. Love the different lunch ideas!! I can never come up with different lunch options. I am having fun exploring the website. Thanks for all the ideas.

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  3. I can't tell you how grateful I am for your website!!! I am from a very small town and recently found out I need to homeschool my preschooler. Your sight has made me feel much better about ideas and planning to make each lesson count! Thank you so much for your resources!

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  4. Thank you so much for giving the place where we could buy these cute little lunch holders.

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