Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Cheaper by the Dozen --or Several Dozen

School doesn't start here until September 3rd, but I'm aiming to get a jump on the dreaded school lunches this year. If I'm blessed to have you on Facebook, you know that school lunches and I are not friends. In January I set a goal to be making lunches the night before and that mostly worked well -- except when I forgot which was at least once or twice a week. Believe me, by April, I was already counting down the lunches. Oooh, so-and-so have a PD Day? Yesss! That's two less lunches to make.

Don't get me wrong! There is much to be thankful for in the fact that I make lunches daily -- such as food and healthy children, but the continual snapping open and closed of 21 containers times two sides at a time really starts to mess with my nerves.

Source: Rona 

As much as I aim to be environmentally friendly when it comes to the packaging, staying mentally sane is important to me too. Enter the bake like a madwomen and wrap everything in individual plastic wrap. I always double recipes anyways, so I had the idea that for now, when I double a batch I will wrap the yummies in individual portions and pop them in the freezer. The hardest part with this is trying to find filling and healthy treats.

I have a theme going with these ones. Zucchini cheese and corn muffins, zucchini brownies, and zucchini corn bread. It's not individually wrapped yet as I'm hoping that freezing it first will enable nice slices later. The one we ate with last night's spicy fish soup preferred to crumble everywhere.

I'm thinking that baking by the several dozen and freezing it will save me some sanity this year. Now the trick will be to keep ahead of the demand. Life would be so simple if we didn't have to eat! ;o)


  1. I applaud you for working so hard on all those lunches!

  2. You've got a good thing rolling! Baking ahead is smart! Do the kids ever help pack the lunches?

  3. Hey! I found this link to "Momables" lunch ideas for kids. Scroll down to find it.

  4. genius!!! You inspire me to cook healthy and send my kids to school with healthy treats & packaging.


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