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    My kids all enjoy a salad wrap, one kid likes to take baked beans for lunch, so when we get low on salad stuff there's a small tin of beans in the pantry to go in the lunch bag None of them are satisfied with a simple cheese sandwich...and I hate sandwiches, so it's probably my fault

    I do make school snacks - mainly because buying them ends up costing a bomb, so I just find it easier to do a bake off, the kids help, in an hour and half we've got a month's worth of school snacks, then the next month we make completely different things so they don't get sick of eating the same thing over and over. I have had to make a deal with my kids, though...that a few times a year they can be like the rest of the kids and have 'packet food.'

    It makes mornings easy. Wraps get made the night before, then the morning of they put the wrap in their bag, grab what they want for fruit break (one will take the time to cut up a fruit salad, the others usually grab whatever...apple, mini cucumber, carrot, or snow peas etc. and throw that in the bag), and then they grab a snack for recess out of the freezer, put an ice brick in and they're done. If we haven't got baked goods in the freezer it's a pain in the morning as they don't know what to take and search the fridge and pantry three times trying to decide...so spending that 1 1/2hrs makes life easy.

    I am also a 'do a big cook up and dinners are sorted for the fortnight' type of person, too. It just works for us, because we're always rushing off to something during the week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    Well don't forget often when you bake you're making like 1-2 dozen things at a time. I might bake twice a month and I have a freezer stuffed full of baked goods.
    My kids end up eating it all after school and on weekends, monkeys they are

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    My kids end up eating it all after school and on weekends, monkeys they are
    That's why I freeze it. My DH is always annoyed that I do all this baking, and we never get any of it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoveLivesHere View Post
    Even our sandwich are made in bulk and frozen.
    I'm really liking this idea. What do you put on the sangers? Can you freeze made up wraps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Full House View Post
    That's why I freeze it. My DH is always annoyed that I do all this baking, and we never get any of it!
    Oh so do I..... they get it out and defrost it on the bench/microwave

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    Oh so do I..... they get it out and defrost it on the bench/microwave
    I must be scarier than you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    My SIL and sister say I'm wasting my time with his lunches as he will probably want what the other kids have so I'm in kindy mum denial and just hoping it lasts longer than I think! He hates vegemite and most sandwiches so would doubt he would ask for that and he really loves his food but I suppose it all depends what the other kids have!
    For what it's worth my two just finished kindy and year 2 and I've yet to be asked for what their friends are eating ... I think you've got an awesome outlook... I'm far too lazy in comparison. Good luck!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    I'm really liking this idea. What do you put on the sangers? Can you freeze made up wraps?
    I've been testing this and made chicken salad mountain bread wraps one night and then froze them, took them out at 8am and put them in his planetbox with an icebrick and by 1pm they were perfectly defrosted, still nice and cool and I made the chicken salad with shredded poached chicken, Mayo, dijon and chopped celery and it wasn't soggy at all!

    Im a bit wary of trying to keep meat/seafood cold enough to last the 5 hours before his lunch time even with ice bricks and insulted bags so I read an article saying if you put it in frozen it will last at least 6 hours before going into the "danger" zone of going over certain temps to breed bacteria

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theboys&me View Post
    For what it's worth my two just finished kindy and year 2 and I've yet to be asked for what their friends are eating ... I think you've got an awesome outlook... I'm far too lazy in comparison. Good luck!!
    My oldest has been very aware of what's in lunchboxes since year 2, my other two don't care anyone near as much...except maybe to point things out sometimes and ask if they can have them (then we check out the ingredients together and decide if it's a sometimes or a never food). So it possibly depends on the child, and their peers, and what your child likes, too. My oldest loved tuna, and still does...but has refused to take it to school the last few years because of the kids antics around the smell. It's pretty frustrating, actually.


 

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