Sunday nights are a huge preparation night in our house. At the beginning of the school year, I promised myself that I wouldn’t stress out every morning, and planned on a number of tasks that would reduce the craziness that seems to descend on a school morning. One of the biggest stress inducers last year was making and packing lunch – so we needed a new process. So far it has been working really well!!
On Saturday, we have a little meeting about what will go in lunchboxes for the week. I have decided that they will get the same lunch every day for the week. I don’t mind if it changes the following week, but no daily changes! So we have to decide on a sandwich filling (must be able to be frozen), fruits, and slice/biscuit. I then have the weekend to shop and bake as required. Then everything goes into the freezer ready for the week!
I am really enjoying the fact that the children have limited packaged or processed foods. There is something quite satisfying about sending them off with food that I have lovingly prepared myself.
So here is my Sunday night stash!
Each night I go to the freezer with my little “lunchbox container” and stock it with all the goodies for the next day. This is then put into the fridge so that the contents slowly defrost overnight.
And then in the morning, I simply pop the cold block in the insulated lunch box, and pack it straight from the fridge.
This has been working really for us, but there are a few things I need to tweak a little. For starters, there is so much plastic wrap!!!!! I don’t like this because it’s not an environmentally friendly way to pack food, it gives the food a funny taste and it’s not always easy to unwrap. So I have been looking for an alternative and I have found some awesome products – I’ll share them with you in the next few days.
The second thing is that I am yet to work out my freezer containers. In the photo above, I have used a mish mash of Decor and Tupperware containers, and Ikea snaplock bags. I am working on a solution for this too and will let you know when I have it all organised!
The packing of lunchboxes each morning now takes less than 5 minutes, which means more time to brush hair, tie shoelaces and look for the library book that always gets lost on Sunday night!