Gentle Readers, the mind boggles that it’s time for packing lunches again. Seriously, didn’t that part of the year just conclude? The Practical Cook is packing lunch for two individuals who will be hyped up and unable to focus for long. It is not a time for extended gourmet cuisine.
Here are The Practical Cook’s Top 5 Tips for Lunch Boxes:
1. Pack a few small things. We call it Mama’s Tapas here. Don’t overwhelm, but provide options. A small thing of fruit (grapes, blueberries, apple slices, cherry tomatoes), a protein (cheese cubes, nuts, cottage cheese), and a starch (Snapea Crisps, corn chips, bread, crackers) will do the trick.
2. Think seasonally. This heat wave is not the time for hot pasta.
3. Include a fortune cookie. If you’re not saving the fortune cookies from Chinese takeout, start today. It’s a treat, a reading lesson, and a Chinese lesson all in one. My youngest is running around saying “teapot” constantly now.
4. Ask for input. This is simple but often overlooked. During the grocery run today, I let them each choose something (with some guidance) for the lunch bag.
5. Buy a cool lunch container. I’ve gone over this one before, but I’m overly fond of the Bento box containers and the Land’s End lunch sacks. Inexpensive, built for the job, and customizable for the individual. I have a dark purple lunch box for myself. It helps.
What’s in your lunch box? Post a comment below or Tweet away.
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