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3 10 Tips to make School Lunch a Breeze

Ten Healthy Lunch Packing Tips

Make school lunches a breeze with these ten healthy lunch packing tips.

10 Tips to make School Lunch a BreezeI often hear from moms that “packing lunch takes a long time” or “I don’t have time to pack lunches.” My mantra is that it only takes 10 minutes to pack one or five lunches. In fact, if you can learn to pre-plan your lunches in advance and do most of the prep work ahead of time, then all you need is a weekly plan.

If you are just getting started and find lunch packing overwhelming, here are ten lunch packing tips:

Make a List

Sit down and write a food plan for the week. You can browse the Internet for new ideas or subscribe to a school lunch-planning service. From there, you can create your shopping list or print out the one from your subscription service.

Shop Over the Weekend

If you shop over the weekend, you can come home and prep a lot of your lunch items. Starting the week with fresh produce means you don’t have to stare at the refrigerator and hope something talks back and says, “Eat me!”

Wash all your Produce at Once

As soon as you get home from the store, fill your sink with water and produce cleaning solution (such as water and vinegar). Let the produce soak for 10 minutes, scrub, and rinse. Begin cleaning your fruits and veggies so they are cleaned and ready for when you need to pack them.

Prep your Produce

After you wash all your produce at once, prep the produce in the way it’s meant to be used. This means chop, cut, julienne, or dice your fresh produce and refrigerate in airtight containers.

Hard-Boil your Eggs

Eggs are delicious and filled with nutrition! Of course, they are very portable in their hard-boiled form but they also offer an infinite amount of lunch options! You can make wraps, egg salad sandwiches, or top a green salad in a couple of minutes when they are already in your fridge. If you have older kids who have bigger bellies to fill, you can throw a hard-boiled egg inside a lunch container for an extra boost.

Bake Ahead

Do you know you can use your cupcake pan to make little meatloaves, quiches, spaghetti nests, carrot muffins, or ham and cheese muffins? These are all items that bake easily and freeze very well! Bake single-serving lunch box items over the weekend, freeze, and pull them out when you need a quick lunch box fix.

Assembly Line Packing

Instead of packing each lunch container individually, consider placing all of your lunch items on the counter and filling your lunch boxes assembly-line style. Whether you are making a simple lunch with deli meats, cheese, and crackers or adding baked goods, filling your containers at once can save you a lot of time.

Blend and Freeze

If you have smoothie fans at home, make all the smoothies for the week at once! The easiest way is to make a blender full of your smoothie recipe, blend, pour in individual plastic cups with lids, and freeze. Each morning, pull a sealed smoothie out of the freezer and pack inside an insulated lunch bag. It will thaw to a smoothie consistency by lunch. Bonus: no ice-pack needed.

Freeze your Dairy

Prevent soggy cheese and warm yogurt simply by freezing them the night before. They will be thawed out by lunch, and your child won’t complain of the lunch being a soggy mess!

Prep and Freeze your Fruit

Fruits such as mango, pineapple, grapes, and orange slices freeze very well. I like to save prep time by sticking them in the freezer and having them ready to pack inside the lunch box. Berries also freeze well, so buy them on sale when in season and freeze for smoothies! 

Getting your kids ready in the morning is stressful enough, let alone getting yourself ready! Follow these tips for less work in the mornings and take packing lunch off your morning to-do list.

Do you have any lunch packing tips for me? 

 

 

 

 

5 Healthy Lunches made with Hummus! How to pack a whole week's worth of school and office lunches with one featured ingredient.

5 Healthy School And Office Lunch Ideas With Hummus

If you love hummus as much as I do or have a tub in your fridge that you need to use up, you are going to love these five healthy school and office lunch ideas with hummus!

5 Healthy Lunches made with Hummus! How to pack a whole week's worth of school and office lunches with one featured ingredient.

5 Healthy Lunches made with Hummus! How to pack a whole week's worth of school and office lunches with one featured ingredient.

Packing lunches for school or the office has never been easier! Using a single featured ingredient throughout the week is a great idea if you want to save money at the grocery and reduce wasted food at the end of the week. If you haven’t watched my other videos featuring one main ingredient and you like this one, then you will want to check them out! Here are 5 healthy lunches with turkey, 5 healthy lunches with chicken salad, and 5 healthy lunches with boiled eggs!

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

Check out how quick and easy these hummus filled lunchboxes are to make in this quick video. And by the way, if you are not subscribed to our YouTube channel, you should. A new recipe video comes out every single week! -and it’s free.

 

You’ll find simple recipes like these, along with a shopping list in our lunch plans, so make sure you grab a sample plan.

With these easy school and office lunch ideas, you’ll put your favorite hummus to use, since now you know that hummus is not just for dipping! Hummus is a great way to add flavor to many of your recipes going beyond eating it cold straight out of the tub. Using it as a spread or a salad dressing are two of my favorite ways to use hummus.

With today’s ideas, you’ll see how easy it is to pack to use hummus in a variety of ways, so the lunchbox never gets boring.

And if you are wondering about those lunchboxes, you can grab a set of them here.

What ways to you enjoy adding hummus to your lunch?

130 how to make easy to peel hard boiled eggs every time

How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs that are Easy to Peel

Have you ever boiled eggs and discovered that they weren’t “pretty” once you peeled them? What about nicking off half the egg because you couldn’t get the shell off?

How to make easy to peel hard boiled eggs MOMables.com

You can watch this 1 minute video on how to make easy to peel hard boiled eggs or read the step by step directions below.

Note: 13 minutes is for LARGE eggs. If you are using medium or fresh yard eggs, you might want to do 11 minutes.

Refrigerated hard boiled eggs will not peel well. Peel your eggs once they’ve cooled down to room temperature. 

These are the two most frustrating things about cooking hard-boiled eggs.  The yolk isn’t pretty and the shell is difficult to get off. Now, before you decide to head over to the grocery to purchase those overpriced and convenient hard boiled eggs; check out how easy it is to get them perfect at home-every time. Before my husband met me (or so he says), he had no idea that hard-boiled eggs COULD be over-cooked.

That dark gray-green ring around the yellow center of an egg?  He thought that was supposed to be there.  The poor boy didn’t know that ugly ring was a sign of an over-cooked egg. Perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs aren’t difficult — and, when you do it right, not only do you have an exquisitely yellow center but you also have a hard boiled egg that is easy to peel. There are 3 things / tricks to keep in mind:

  1. Eggs must not be fresh (10+ days)
  2. Don’t let them boil forever, and
  3. After cooking, let the eggs rest in an ice-bath to “shock” them.

If you remember to do this, you’ll have perfect, beautiful eggs every single time for your child’s lunch, an after-school snack or your favorite recipes.The-Trick-to-an-Easy-Peel-Hard-Boiled-Egg

Word to the wise: super fresh eggs are going to be hard to peel regardless of what you do, so it’s best NOT to hard-boil eggs the same day they are purchased.  The best eggs for boiling are at least a week to ten days old.

For best peeling results, wait to peel your eggs when they have cooled down to room temperature. Fully chilled eggs don’t peel as well. You can peel your eggs ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator. 

How To Make Perfectly Cooked and Easy-Peel Boiled Eggs

how to make easy to peel hard boiled eggs every time
  • Author: MOMables
  • Cuisine: How to

Ingredients

  • Large Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • Water

Instructions

  1. Place your raw eggs in a medium saucepan and cover with at least 2 inches of cold water.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of salt.
  3. Place the pan over high heat until it reaches a boil.
  4. Turn off heat, cover and let it sit for 13 minutes.
  5. After exactly 13 minutes, remove the eggs from the pan and place them in an ice-water bath and let them cool for five minutes.
  6. Carefully crack the eggs shells (making sure the majority of the shell is cracked).
  7. Gently begin removing the shells. The ice-water bath will “shock” the membrane in between the egg-white and the egg shell, loosening the shell and allowing you to peel it off in nearly one piece.
  8. As needed, you can dip the egg (as you are peeling it) in and out of the water to remove any slivers of shell.
  9. Serve immediately, use in a recipe or store in your refrigerator for three days.

Notes

The salt won’t affect the flavor of your eggs; it helps solidify the proteins within the egg, helping create an easier to peel egg! I have used both iodized (table) salt and Himalayan rock salt (the pink salt in my photo) and both have worked perfectly.
Test one egg first, if for some reason it’s a bit undercooked, put eggs back and bring to boil, turn off heat.
You need to fully cover eggs with at least 2 inches of water for this to work. less water means that it will cool down quicker and your eggs won’t cook throughly.

 

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How to Pack Grilled Sandwiches and Soup for Lunch

If you’ve been wondering how to add variety to your child’s lunch, we’ve got you covered.

Over the past year, I am thankful to have not only learned new delicious recipes but also the basic fundamentals of packing healthy school lunches from MOMables!

No matter what you put on your grilled sandwich or what kind of soup you want to pack, the same principles apply. MOMables teaches us how to keep sandwiches from getting soggy and soups still warm at lunch hour!

Here I’ve packed my Little Miss a grilled cheese sandwich on gluten-free whole-grain bread. MOMables has taught me that when you pack a grilled sandwich, let it cool completely before packing inside your lunch container. This will keep it from getting soggy inside the lunch box!

In the thermos is creamy homemade tomato soup. In the other container, I grilled a cheese sandwich and packed it inside a stainless steel container. My daughter loves dipping her grilled cheese sandwich into her soup. I love it too!

MOMables taught me that while you’re warming your soup, fill your thermos with boiling water. I let mine sit with the lid tight for just a few minutes. This will heat the core of your thermos to help keep the yummy foods you pack inside warmer for a longer period.

After those few minutes, I dump the water and pack the soup inside. Now my kiddo has a delicious school lunch that I know will fill her tummy, so she can have a productive day!

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