School Lunches

In preparation for school lunches, which totally freaks me out (the idea of preparing lunches every night or morning, especially when my kids detest sandwiches), I’ve been cooking ahead and freezing things. I kinda feel like a nerd doing all this, but opening up my freezer and seeing everything is rewarding. And, my kids are excited about fun choices for lunches. So far I’ve made:
~ Pigs in a blanket
~ Pizza pockets
(for both of the above I made homemade stromboli dough, recipe to follow)
~ individually frozen macaroni and cheese
~ individually frozen marinara sauce (both for dipping the first two, and to go along with plain pasta)
~ mini banana muffins
~ thai turkey burgers (which my kids loved, surprisingly)
~ meatballs (courtesy of Luke)

If I have more time, I still plan to make
~ Lara bars, which my kids also love (but if they are in nut-free class rooms this won’t work)
~ mini quiches

I’m definitely the kind of person that gets stressed out about details, and I’m realizing that I can’t just moan and groan about things that overwhelm me. I have to take the bull by the horns and be proactive about it. Like my messy driveway or backyard, or garage for the matter.
 (Maybe when the kids go to school I’ll tackle those things too)

Stromboli Dough (I got this from my friend Laura back when we lived in North Carolina)
1 1/2 c. warm water
1 pkg. active yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp)
Dissolve together, then add:
1 T. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 T. melter, slightly cooled butter
4- 4 1/2 c. bread flour

Combine and knead to a soft dough. Let rest on counter with a damp towel over it for 1-2 hours. Divide into two, then roll out and proceed with recipe. For pigs in a blanket, roll out in such a way to cut long triangles, and roll the sausage link up with each. For pizza pockets, roll out to a large rectangle and then cut about 8 small rectangle sizes out of it, spread with marinara, then pepperoni and cheese on half of dough, fold over, crimp edges, and baste with egg wash. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Let cool, then freeze.

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  • Yum. Please feel free to make some of my lunches!

  • What a good idea! I hardly ever send sandwiches. I usually send leftovers. I have a thermos container for Rachel that I can send hot or cold food in for her and she also has an insulated lunch box. Other ideas for you as the year wears on : Homemade lunchables-crackers, slices of meat and cheese; tunafish and crackers, cottage cheese; yogurt; wraps; all the toppings from a big chef salad – hard boiled egg, cherry tomatoes, cheese cubes, meat cubes, variety of veggies like peppers, cucumbers, etc.. I generally send her stuff in containers that she brings home. She also takes fruit and a healthy snack. The school asks us not to send candy or sweets. Happy lunch making!