Monday, August 13, 2012

School Lunch 101

Today was the first day of school at our house so I am posting the way school lunches get made in our house.  I wrote this post a few years ago for another blog  I am re-posting it here because, well, I didn't want to take pictures again.  This was written just after I had moved into my house.

I remember sack lunches as a kid as boring. I think half the time my sandwich ended up in the garbage (sorry Mom). Before Alan started kindergarten I made a big list of alternatives to sandwiches for his lunch to make it special. As it turns out, Alan likes sandwiches. When Alan gets to buy lunch from the school cafeteria (a rare treat when I was a kid), what does he choose? Not the corn dog or chicken patty sandwich. No he chooses a sandwich. All right I'm not spending money on hot lunch for this kid. So now with out further delay I present to you . . .

School Lunch 101
First grab a loaf of homemade bread. Then search high and low all over your kitchen to find where on earth you unpacked the bread slicing guide. Find it sandwiched in between your cookbooks.
What? Apparently, I was in a little bit of a hurry when unpacking and was not thinking about what I was doing.
Slice the whole thing (and try not to be jealous of my pretty pink countertops).

Then set out all your bread to make a million sandwiches. My mom used to do this when we were kids, but that's because there were seven of us. When you only have two this will last you a week.

Stick them in the freezer, and in the morning you just need to pull one out and stick it in the lunch box. This works great with lunch meat and cheese too, though I wouldn't recommend mayonnaise on the sandwich (and that's not just because I don't like mayonnaise). Freezing the lunch meat is also perfect because the lunch meat stays cold until lunch and you don't have to bother packing a icepack.

While you're at it bag up snacks like pretzels and raisins so you just need to grab a bag or two to stick in the lunchbox with the sandwich.


  1. Hyrum actually prefers his sandwiches frozen. Weird kid.

    Also, the makers of mayonnaise want you to know that it is super processed and so it is not the culprit behind the food poisoning you got when you ate that potato salad. It was the other eggs.

  2. What a brilliant tip! Wish I had thought of this when my now college freshman was still getting sack lunches made by mom :)


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