- Last month I asked the Kitchen PLAY network of bloggers to give their best tips for keeping their kitchens humming, even as lunch boxes are flying. Here are the brilliant solutions they shared:
- “One way I keep my kitchen humming once the kids are back to school is to always keep the cookie jar full. The kids switch off assisting me make cookies each week. That way, a homemade treat (and a bit of Mommy’s love) is always ready for the lunchbox AND its a way for us to get quality 1 on 1 time during a busy school-week.” (Colleen of Souffle Bombay)
“Planning ahead, organization, and preparing some elements the night before works wonders for me! I refill the water bottles and put them in the fridge, I lay out paper bags, snacks and anything not needing refrigeration, and I have my Sharpie and staple gun at hand. Improvisation works, too: if Husband eats the last slices of bread, I just make home-made Lunchables :).” (Lana of Bibberche)
“I do my best to assemble lunches and snacks the night before. This way, we can just grab our bags in the morning and we’re ready to go–no frantic, panicked rush in the morning to get it all done.” (Carrie from Poet in the Pantry)
“I try to bake with my 5 year old on the weekends -usually a healthier version of fruit/grain bars, muffins or mini pancakes. I’ll freeze them and then use them during the weekend to add to her lunchbox or have for after-school snacks. She’s more apt to eat these foods, too, because she helped make them! Me and my fellow dietitian, Serena, have several of these types of recipes on our blog at www.teaspoonofspice.com” (Deanna of Teaspoon of Spice)
“I have lots of back to school tips. Here are a few of my favorite ones!
1. Do as much as you can in advance. Put non perishables, spoons, drinks, napkins in the lunchboxes as soon as you unpack the previous days contents.
2. Try to make dinners with leftovers so you can pack the leftovers for the next days lunch.
3. Have you kids read cookbooks, recipe blogs, and looking at food photos. You might be surprised to hear a recipe that your kid thinks looks good!
4. Make treats on the weekends and freeze them. Put in individual bags and pop in the lunchbox the night before. It will defrost and be delicious by lunchtime.
5. Get creative! Let your kids help make the lunch.”
(Sara of Cooking with 5 Kids)
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