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BACK-TO-SCHOOL LUNCH TIPS

Posted by SR (riley) on Sep 15 2016 at 5:39 PM
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To make the transition from summer into back-to-school mode easier, here are a few time-saving tips that will shave minutes from your meal planning. Preparing lunches can be a chore, but these ideas take the challenge out of mid-day meals! You’ll find simple tricks to keep food hot or cold, easy ways to make a sandwich both kids and adults will love, and a few quick do-ahead ideas that will make the morning less hectic

*Mini-coolers, insulated lunch bags and plastic lunch boxes work well, but be sure to wash them out regularly.
*Peel and cut fruit in advance for little ones.
*Buy plastic bags and containers in various sizes, ensuring you’ll have just the right package for any food item.  Extra small    containers work great for transporting dressings and condiments.
*To make your morning go more smoothly, try to do as much as possible the night before. Chop up veggies and place them in  a sealed bag, mix up the ingredients for a tossed salad or chicken salad sandwich and set up lunch containers so you can just  drop items into them in the morning.
*If you are making sandwiches the night before, put any veggies in a separate bag with a note to add them to the sandwich  right before eating.  This will prevent the bread from getting soggy and the vegetables from wilting.
*If you need to prepare lunches for kids, keep it simple by making the same thing for everyone. To satisfy grown-up tastes,       make a few small changes:
 Add interesting condiments, like mustard, cranberry relish or a chutney.
 Use a variety of breads, such as pitas, whole wheat rolls, bagels, croissants or pumpernickel.
 Jazz up chicken or tuna salad by tossing in chopped nuts, apples, grapes or dried cranberries.
*How to Pack Hot and Cold Foods:  A wide-mouth thermos is great for storing hot soup, chili, stew and chowder.  Make the    cozy dish the night before, then just bring it to a boil the next morning before pouring it into your thermos. Pack a roll or a  handful of crackers to round out the meal.
 Just as a thermos can keep food hot, it does just as well at keeping them cool.  Fill a thermos with juice or milk, gelatin or  pudding, coleslaw or potato salad, the possibilities are endless!

Lunch Box Snacks and Sides:  Lunches only get better with a variety of easy-to-pack goodies. Our handy list of snacks will give you different options to help choose tomorrow’s treat: Trail mix, Yogurt, Sliced veggies with hummus or dip, Cheese and crackers, Popcorn, Dry breakfast cereal, Small muffin, Piece of fruit, Celery with peanut butter, Raisins or dried cranberries, Fruit or applesauce cups, Pretzels, Gelatin or pudding, Granola bar, Pasta or potato salad, Small handful of nuts, 1 to 2 cookies and Pizza poppers (cut one slice of pizza into little bite-sized squares).

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