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It’s a new back to school year, with an 8 year old and a 10 month old, and life is way busier than I could have ever imagined. But you know what has been saving me? Lunchbox prepping! That’s what. Here are some lunchbox prep hacks and recipes I find super helpful! Just save a little bit of time on that Sunday, and you’ll be laughing.
- Homemade ‘Uncrustables.’
The trick to making these is to buy a soft bread. I used a soft whole wheat bread by Natures Own Bread. Lay out each slice and spread pb and J in the center of the bread. Sub sunflower butter to make it nut free. Take a sandwich sealer, I used this one and seal the sandwich together. This will also cut off the crusts. I like to give it an extra seal by crimping the edges down with a fork.
Once done, lay them down on a sheet pan and flash freeze for a couple hours before transferring to a freezer friendly bag. These will thaw nicely by lunch if pulled out and packed in a lunchbox in the morning! Below lunchbox by OmieBox.
2. Pizza Muffins!
These pizza muffins are the best to prep and freeze for quick lunchboxes and an easy snack! I used a whole wheat English muffin and spread marinara sauce on top. I then added some cheese and some pepperoni on top. To make these pepperoni’s mini, I used a piping tip and cut them out. But this step is totally optional! Again, I like to flash freeze these for a couple hours before transferring them to a freezer friendly bag. To reheat, just place them in the oven at 350 F and bake for 10-12 mins. Below lunchbox container by Tavva Kitchen.
3. Savory Waffles!
I made these savory waffles on the weekend and they were so delicious! You can take your favorite waffle recipe and add 1 cup of grated zucchini, (squeeze out excess moisture with a paper towel) 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, and 1/4 cup of scallions. I took a short cut and used a pancake waffle mix from Arrowhead Mills. It came out tasting fantastic. Flash freeze for couple hours and transfer to a freezer friendly bag! Reheat in the toaster in the morning before packing. Below lunchbox container by Lunchbots.
I hope you found some of these tips helpful! Make sure to follow along on my Instagram page for all the latest updates and fun kid-friendly snacks and lunches!
And stay tuned for some fun Halloween posts coming up too like this round up of halloween food for kids! Because you all know, October is my favorite month!