Year on year the same resolution – ‘the kids will make their own lunches’ – but it never happens. Until now! I got organised and put a system in place and it’s working. The greatest balker is of course the eldest who has been getting away without making his school lunch for 12 years now so I’m getting the odd plea from his corner of ‘ah please mom will you just make mine cos I have to……’ but the answer is a simple but firm ‘no.’
Perhaps many of you have kids who already are making their own lunches and good on you, I’m glad to finally be joining the ranks.
The ‘system’ involves being well stocked in the foods that they like and providing plenty of choices. I’ll get up in the morning, give the kids a shout and then head to the kitchen to plonk the lunch boxes, breads, crackers, salads, dressings etc. all out on the worktop. It then takes them max 5 minutes to put together their lunch whereasI’ve been wasting 30 precious minutes every morning for the past number of years making the 6 of them. (Let me not count the hours, weeks, days that adds up to!)
A few tips:
- If cooking a roast for Sunday dinner throw on an extra joint for school lunches.
- If dinner involves chicken breasts throw on an extra one or two to reserve for sandwiches.
- Use left-over potatoes to make quick & easy potato salad – mash in chopped spring onion & plenty of mayo.
- Keep left-over cooked pasta and stir through some pesto.
- Make up a large bowl of salady bits e.g. lettuce, cucumber, tomato, red onion but do not mix them together so they can easily pick out their favourites. Keep covered with cling-film in the fridge.
- Offer a selection of breads e.g. pittas, panini, bagels, wraps to avoid lunch-boredom
- Offer relishes, pestos etc to up the taste
I would love to hear how you tackle school lunch making.
Til next time, Sheila.