Making school lunches would have to be one of those mundane tasks, something that seems to be left till the end of the day or right before bed time. Or perhaps your family makes them up first thing in the morning. I have even heard of people making up batches of sandwiches and freezing them.
With 7 children attending school and kinder and a husband working, each night consists of 7-9 sandwiches to prepare (which is basically a whole loaf of sliced bread). Making lunches in the evening is far easier than first thing in the morning for our household and quite a production line too.
The lunch making process is up to the children and two are “rostered” on to do this task. Each lunch consists of a sandwich/roll, recess snack/s and piece of fruit. In the summer time, their water bottle is frozen.
Of course, what goes onto the lunches is an issue for some; therefore, a simple lunch menu has been designed and each ‘order’ is written on for chart for the week (DAD area just gets a ✓ or x).
While one child butters or spreads the bread, the other cuts and prepares the ingredients.
Lunches are placed into Tupperware Sandwich Keepers and have a the child’s initial fixed to the box using Restickables and a circular initial.
Of a morning there are NO EXCUSES for lunches being mixed up!
Stickers are put onto the fridge for further use at the following evenings lunch making process.
When not in use hook to fridge with a magnet clip.
One child has the job of packing the lunches into each lunch box, while the other gets out the drink bottles.
Of course, what goes onto the sandwiches varies; (above someone has ordered leftover sausages with tomato sauce); however the majority of the time its ham and cheese, Vegemite, jam, honey and peanut butter!
As for the snacks and recess, these vary from store bought muesli bars to home-made goodies. Here are a few of my recess recipes below:
- ANZAC SLICE
- CHOCOLATE CHIP OR DRIED FRUIT MUESLI BARS
- CHOCOLATE CHIP BISCUITS
- ZUCCHINI & SULTANA CAKE (can be made into a cake or muffins without the icing for recess).
- BEST BERRY MUFFINS
- SIMPLE BUTTER MUFFINS
Here is a great idea of how to store and keep those pantry thieves away from the snacks for recess.
Finally, if anyone gets something they don’t like inside their lunch-boxes its either “like it or lump it” and guess what’s on the menu for afternoon tea ~ YOUR LUNCH!