I’m starting my back to school baking today with everyone’s favourite Carrot Cake Bites.
Each day this week I will be baking at least one thing to put in the freezer for school lunches and snacks.
Most of my family’s favourite recipes are big batches that freeze well. I’ve also got a couple of new recipes to try, and you know me I’m sure that I will change things up and tweak them to suit our many, varied dietary needs.
School lunchbox tips and tricks from a 10-year school lunch making veteran:
🍎Make the lunches the night before, this is like giving yourself the gift of time in the morning, I just pop the frozen things in the lunchbox in the morning during summer, so they stay cool, they will defrost by recess, in winter I pop them in the night before and keep the lunchboxes in the fridge overnight.
🍎When prepping dinner chop extra veggies and salad to put in the lunchboxes.
🍎Make a double batch when baking or making rissoles or meatballs, most baked goods freeze well, and cooked rissoles or meatballs are great in lunchboxes.
🍎You can freeze cooked shredded chicken and deli meat, if your kids have a sandwich each day why not make a loaf of sandwiches on Sunday evening, wrap and freeze.
🍎Chia pudding, yoghurt and smoothies freeze well in small containers or reusable squeeze pouches.
🍎Boil a dozen eggs on Sunday, they keep in the fridge for a week. Draw smiley faces on them with a Sharpie. I put the eggs in a small pot, cover with tap water, bring to the boil, turn off the heat and leave in the boiled water for 10 minutes, then rinse under cold water. This gives a perfect hard boiled egg every time.
What are your family favourite lunchbox snacks? Got any tips or tricks to share with me?
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