This is a simple, but oh-so-important blog post. Lunches for our kids are vital, should be simple and yet we consistently have WTH moments every week when trying to do something other than a sandwich and an apple.
So here is one of Stella's lunches broken down "Prep Ahead" style with a Menu, Grocery List, Prep Day Guide and Day Of Guide.
If you are wondering what I store her lunches in, check out Lunchbots. (I am not an affiliate, just a very happy parent)
TIME INVESTMENT | 25 Minutes Active Cooking Time | 25-30 Minutes Inactive Cooking Time
RESULTS | Lunch for 5 Days for 1 child. Double the recipe without doubling the time investment
Mixed Berries (1)
Havarti Dill Cheese Cubes (2)
Marmalade Glazed Carrots (3)
Mini Sweet & Spicy Meatballs (4)
GROCERY LIST (Makes 5 Days of Lunch)
- 1 LBS Fresh Strawberries (or other berries)
- 1/2 LBS Fresh Raspberries (or other berries)
- 1 PKG Havarti Dill Cheese
- 1 LBS Bag Baby Carrots
- 3 TBS Marmalade
- 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2/3 lbs. Ground Beef
- 1/2 lbs. Ground Meat (Lamb, Pork or Turkey)
- 1/4 Cup Honey
- 1 Small Sweet Onion, Diced
- 2 Tablespoons Parsley, Finely Chopped
- 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
- 1/2 Tablespoon Pepper
- 1/8 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (optional)
- 3 Medium Containers with Lids
- 1 Small Container with Lid
- 1 Lunch Bots Quad, or Other Containers for Lunch Box
Pre heat oven to 400.
Take out two baking sheets, cover each with foil.
Dice 1 sweet onion. Finely chop 2 TBS parsley. (4)
Wash and dry fruit. Slice strawberries in quarters. Combine all berries together in a medium container. Seal and refrigerate. (1)
Cube entire cheese block into 1/2" cubes. Store in small container. Seal and refrigerate. (2)
In a small sauce pan, heat 2 TBS of oil over medium heat. Sauté diced onions until translucent. Turn off heat, then add honey, parsley, salt, pepper and cayenne. mix well.(4)
In a small sauté pan, heat marmalade and apple cider vinegar over low heat, just enough to make it more liquid. (3)
In a medium bowl, combine ground meat with sautéed onions. (4)
In a medium bowl, combine carrots and marmalade mix. (3)
ake 1" round meatballs. Place on a sheet pan. Place on middle rack. (4)
Spread carrots over second sheet pan. Place on lower rack. (3)
Bake together for 25-30 minutes. (3,4)
Store separately in medium containers with lids. Refrigerate. (3,4)
Portion out each of the four items into your child's Lunchbox Quad or other lunch container.