Lunchboxes and organising
So having 4 kids means i have to be super organised when it comes to lunchbox preparation and organising. For me the best way to do this is to color co-ordinate lunchboxes and keep a variety of sizes to fit all the yummies.
I let the kids choose their own color, my son being undecided between blue and green ended up with both. And my toddler gets away using any small little lunchbox thats left over from the rest (soon we’ll have to go lunchbox shopping for her).
I prefer to pack their snacks in individual or stacking containers and the size of container will depend on the type of snack. I try to use what fits together nicely to save space and avoid an overcrowded overflowing lunchbox.
Some of the dry snacks i include are:
Dried mango (cut smaller)
Cubed fruit (usually 2-3 / seperately packed)
Cream cheese cubes
Mini salad (cucumber, feta cheese and mini tomatoes – for those who like tomatoes)
Main lunch meal:
Arrabbiata/napoletana with penne/fusili
Finshfingers, half slice buttered bread
Chicken and mayo sandwhich
Chicken nuggets with half seeded roll
Sweetcorn and butter as a side
Baby baked potatoes, peas or corn and a small slice of chicken
Mac and cheese
Cream cheese and cucumber sandwhich
Peanut butter bread
Tuna and mayo sandwhich
Dessert (Fridays only to avoid too much sweeties)
Popping candy filled biscuits available at Woolworths
I try not to cut the sandwhiches using the shape sandwhich cutters to avoid waste. But what i do like to do is cut the bread into longer strips or wedges or pieces that almost fit together like a tangram or puzzle.
I try to make sure i pack somethin from each list for everyday so they get a decent balance.
Ive also drawn up list of each childs lunch preferences so that prep time is a breeze. At times choices coincide and sometimes they dont. But the list helps me to prepare somethin different each time without having to ask them every night what they would like for the next day.