Wraps and quesadillas will also freeze really well (my kids will eat them cold.) Things to add to the freezer bin: Meat & Cheese Sandwiches Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches Quesadillas Frozen homemade yogurt tubes Wraps with meat, cheese, pesto and/or cream cheese Homemade hot pockets HOW MANY TO MAKE?
To figure out how many to bag up for the week, I count out the number of days for cold lunch that week times how many children.
Some of the items I have kept in my own personal cold lunch bucket this past year are: String Cheese or mini Babybel cheese Yogurt smoothies or other yogurt cups Carrots (I found little cups with lids at Cash n Carry that I add ranch dip to) Sliced apples (soak for 10 minutes in pineapple juice or fruit fresh so they don’t go brown) Homemade pasta salad Sliced oranges Mandarin oranges, whole Green peppers, sliced thinly Celery sticks Grapes, cherries, cantaloupe or other seasonal fruit cut up Green Salads Turkey Pesto Rollups Mini cups of hummus Mini cinnamon streusel, blueberry, lemon poppyseed or even savory muffins Frozen Freezer Lunch Bin I typically just fill up my bin in the freezer with sandwiches or frozen homemade yogurt tubes.
I have found that the easiest way for me to make the sandwich part is to take a large roll or sandwich bun, add in meat and cheese only, wrap and freeze individually.
With not enough time…it’s either going to have to be hot lunch again or another boring peanut butter sandwich. This was pretty much my life for the better part of my kids growing up.
Always rushing, feeling like it was just too much hassle to do the whole “cold lunch” thing. I wanted my kids to have a healthy lunch but struggled with variety, time and preparation.
The kids can quickly grab the items to throw in their lunches themselves in the morning or evening before and my work is done. THE MAKE AHEAD LUNCH BINS Dry Goods Lunch Bin The dry good lunch bin currently sits in my pantry. It’s filled with individual bags of dry lunch items such as bagged pretzels, crackers, homemade granola bars, trail mix, treats and more.
Having this extra room in my fridge has saved my family time and money and has made it feasible to feed my kids healthy cold lunches on a regular basis.
One of my favorite features is that it has an alarm on it if the kids leave the door open (which believe it or not has come in handy).
The cold lunch bin holds all the cold lunch items that need to stay refrigerated.
Once a week I will separate grapes, chop oranges or apples (if I did apples I would first soak them in pineapple juice or fruit fresh so they keep longer), and chop carrot or celery sticks.