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How to freeze pasta to pack for school lunch

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how to freeze pasta to pack for lunch

Did you make a huge pan of lasagna or big pot of pasta and don’t want to eat if for a week? Freeze those leftovers and have them ready for a convenient school lunch!

Here’s another great tip for saving time and adding variety to school lunches.

In a previous post, we showed you How to freeze rice to pack for school lunch.

So many of you LOVED this idea, the MOMables team thought it would be a great idea to show you yet another food you can freeze to make lunch packing easier.

PASTA! Next time you make a big batch of your family’s favorite hearty pasta, make sure to freeze some of those yummy leftovers for lunch next week.

4 Steps is all it takes: 

1. Divide & Freeze. Place individual servings of pasta into ziplock baggies. Try to remove most of the air, and label with the date. Pasta dishes can be frozen up to 30 days. After that, they tend to dry out.

2. Prep. The morning you are ready to pack the pasta for lunch, run water over the frozen bag for about 15 seconds. This separates the food from the sides of the bag, allowing it to slide out.

3. Warm. Place frozen portion of rice in a microwave save bowl and reheat in the microwave.
MOMable TIP! Add 1-2 TBS of water to the dish before microwaving. This will prevent any dryness.

 

 

4. Pack inside a thermos. While waiting for the pasta to warm up, prep a thermos for the warm pasta (CLICK here to learn how to). Pack cooked pasta in warm thermos!  There you have it! A yummy, warm lunch anyone in the family would enjoy!

 

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How to freeze rice to pack for school lunch

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Want to save time when packing lunches? You’ll love this tip.

Here at MOMables, the #1 priority is to save YOU time making school lunches.

This MOMables tip is going to save you so much time AND stress.

Next time you make a batch of your favorite rice dish, double up that recipe.

Serve half to your family and freeze individual servings of the rest for future lunches. Let me show yow how easy this is!

Last night I had some leftovers of my family’s favorite rice recipe, MOMables  Cheesy Stop Light Rice.

 

 

Place individual servings of rice into ziplock baggies. Try to remove most of the air, and label with the date.

Rice dishes can be frozen up to 30 days. After that, they tend to dry out.

The morning you are ready to pack the rice for lunch, run water over the frozen bag for about 15 seconds.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

This separates the food from the sides of the bag, allowing it to slide out.
Place frozen portion of rice in a microwave save bowl and reheat in the microwave.

 

MOMable TIP! Add 1-2 TBS of water to the dish before microwaving. This will prevent any dryness.

While waiting for the rice to warm up, prep a thermos for the warm rice (CLICK here to learn how to). Pack cooked rice in warm thermos and WHALA!  A nice warm lunch ready to go!

 

 

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How to Make a Healthy Packaged Lunch

Convenient can be healthy. See?

If you are tired of your kids asking for packaged foods every time you go to the grocery, you are not alone. We receive dozens of e-mails asking for help on how to compete with what is shiny, boxed, and convenient.

Our solution: Make it fresh at home. It is, after all, our mission to help parents make fresh lunches quickly!

To make this lunch, you’ll need:

  • A compartmentalized container
  • Fresh fruit and veggies
  • 1-2 cheese sticks, diced or
    1-2 ounces cheese, sliced
  • 2 slices ham, rolled and cut into pieces
  • Handful of crackers
Assemble items in the lunch container, and pack in a lunch box. It really is that simple.
xo Laura – the Chief MOM 
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How to pack a smoothie for lunch

Smoothies are a great way to pack a ton of vitamins, antioxidants, and nutrition into a lunch. Oh yeah, and they taste GREAT!

But how the heck do you pack a smoothie in your kid’s lunchbox? It’s a lot easier than you think.

How to pack a smoothie for lunch

The night before, simply place the thermos drink cup in the freezer. This is our favorite Thermos cup. It comes in 12 and 16oz. You can also customize it with your child’s name as shown here. 

In the morning, when you make a smoothie, remove the thermos from the freezer and fill with your delicious smoothie.

Next, pack the thermos inside your kid’s lunch bag along with the food. The chilled thermos will do its job keeping your favorite smoothie creation cold until lunch time.

Don’t have any smoothie recipes to try out? Here’s a peanut butter smoothie that EVERYONE in the family will love!

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