One cannot think well, sleep well, or live well,
if one has not dined well.
I have realised that my love of lunchbox packing is not a shared love.
For me it is a new love inspired partly by this blog http://www.anotherlunch.com/ which i could never fully replicate, I am not an exact enough personality!!
First I start with a list of what my child likes 'best to eat', (and your husband if you are relegated to packing his, which I am now).
I save it on the computer so I can update it as the taste changes -
Nibbles for cupboard
Bread sticks (easy to make)
Wraps - Mountain bread keeps for ages and has no preservatives, so a favourite with us.
*Plus I usually have tinned fruit and frozen berries for when I haven't shopped.
Favourite dips, hummus or Tzatziki or salsa
Step 2 Baking, just a little - I buy mini muffin cases and bake a double batch which stocks the freezer. Then the next time I make fruit pikelets I do a triple batch and freeze them. Only took me about 40 minutes and I made 64 muffins, which packs a lot of lunches.
Step 3 - Plan and pack the night before.
So this changes but for example I might buy fresh bread which gives us 2 days of sandwiches (rolled or cut with shape cutters), then we have wraps or pita, or vita wheats, and then I buy fresh bread again before the weekend.
I looovvvveee the Nude food lunch boxes. Easy to fill a little section, fits an apple well etc.
So our main menu
(the picture is not an exact replica, just tomorrows lunch)
Lunch box 2
Vegemite vita wheats
yoghurt with muesli
bread sticks w/ cheese
Lunch box 3
Chicken and avocado pita pocket
fruit salad/ fruit kebabs
Cheese shapes with mini cutters
Lunch box 4
Chicken wrap, cream cheese and salad stuff they like
Salsa and carrot sticks
Boiled eggs - i take out the yolk as my kids don't eat it and it crumbles through the lunch box, yuck!!!
Popcorn and dried fruit trail mix