Thursday, January 27, 2011
For this lunch I have Raspberries, Mango, Kiwi, Flapjack, Yoghurt, Sausage roll, Potatoe Salad, Beetroot, Lettuce, red cabbage, tomatoe, coleslaw and cucumber. So thats - Red, Yellow, Green, Brown, White, Purple and Orange. I also like to brighten things up with colourful silverware too.
Here are some interesting articles on the health benefits of colourful food:
How about some ideas for different colourful foods to include in your next goodbyn box - why not try for one in each colour!
Orange and Yellow
Blue and Purple
OOoh and one last link - check out these photos of colourful food!! CLICK HERE very inspiring!
If you are looking for a fun thing to do on Valentines Day - you could even include all red foods in your goodbyn! Or How about an all green lunch box for St Patricks Day!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Regardless, I have been trying to find ways to make my life a little easier in the lunch packing department, and I have some quick ideas to share with you all today.
- When I make dinner, whether it be a casserole or just chicken breasts and rice I try to make at least 1 extra portion, which makes packing a lunch that much easier! Also, if there is more than 1 portion it can double as lunch for those of us at home. This one may seem like common sense to a lot of us, but you would be surprised how much time and money this can save!
- I keep junk food OUT of the house - except for certain occasions. I don't know about you, but anytime there is junk food in the house, I tend to eat that and then I don't feel like making a real, healthy dinner or lunch for the family. Healthy meals can be just as simple and quick as junk food, so keeping the junk out of the house has made it easier for me to be creative and come up with delicious and fun meals for my family. If you don't know where to start, Leanne Ely over at Saving Dinner has some great ideas. Sign up for her menu mailer, or just her free newsletter. I have gotten some wonderful ideas for snacks, lunches, dinners; ways to make everyday favorites healthier - you name it! I also just got an email saying everything in her catalog is 20% off today with the proceeds going toward helping FeedingAmerica.org in their quest to provide food to under-nourished children and families in the US.
- When I buy fresh fruit from the market, I immediately come home and wash and cut it up. I keep it all in a rubbermaid container in my refrigerator sort of like a "fruit salad" of sorts. I usually throw in some melons, pineapple and grapes. This is great because I can just grab a handful to throw in one of my DH's Goodbyn compartments, or for a snack for my 2 year old son... or myself! And I can cut up an apple or a banana to add to it if I want. It has been a huge help not having to worry about washing and cutting up fruit every day.
- Freezer meals! I love freezer meals! I will make up a large batch of say, chicken fingers (it is so much easier to prep them all at once than to have to make separate batches every time I feel like making them). Then I can just pull the small baggie out of the freezer and throw them in the oven. It's an easy and nutritious way to fill a Goodbyn with something yummy and fun. I often do this on Mondays because we eat at my inlaws' house on Sunday nights (read: no leftovers, and I am lazy on Monday mornings! lol) and the cafeteria at my DH's work serves chicken fingers on Mondays... so this way he doesn't feel left out. Besides, my homemade chicken fingers are way better than those fried ones at his work! lol
- My last tip for you today is to meal plan! I find that when I meal plan it takes the guesswork out of packing lunches. And that way if I pull out some leftovers and I don't know how old they are - I can check my calendar and I know exactly when I made it! Realistically this only takes me about 10 minutes a week, and I do it every week the day before I go grocery shopping. That way I can take into account what I have in the pantry already and head to the market for whatever else I need.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Also included in the bento: carrots, oranges, Capri Sun Roaring Waters, peanut butter cookies.
Monday, January 24, 2011
So you can imagine how apprehensive I feel now when I need to throw a simple ham and cheese lunch together. My solution was pretty easy actually. By rolling out the bread slices and cutting off the crusts I can offer the sandwiches with enough of a twist to throw the kids off the scent of monotony!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
- I wanted a bit more variety in my lunches and something healthier than a dodgy pre packed sandwich from a shop which I ended up throwing half away - wasting it because it tasted weird.
- I wanted to pack my lunch in a box that I could re use again and again to be better for the environment.
- I wanted to save money. I was spending a fortune on lunches and packing my own was the only way to save!
I made the decision and got my goodbyn and haven't looked back. My household now owns 4 Goodbyns!
The problem is, as I have found, trying to get a variety in my lunches can sometimes proove difficult - I mean its all very well if you can have something different everyday, but I was finding my quest for variety was meaning I was buying more lunchtime type foods when I went shopping. Whilst I was enjoying the different tastes everyday, more food meant more chance for it to go to waste / out of date / mouldy!! I now preplan my lunches for the week so I don't over purchase when I go shopping and whilst I do have some variety in the main part, the rest is the same but presented in a different way.Take this week for example. I managed to get a great deal on yoghurt, mango and kiwi when I went shopping and so I have enough to last a weeks worth of lunches and snacks for the rest of the family too.
I started the week with a simple cheese and carrot salad for my main. I put the orange yoghurt in the left compartment and cut the kiwi into small pieces in the right compartment. I also had some left over banana bread I had made at the weekend and a few of the last grapes.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
In the Goodbyn lunch today: Two pigs in a blanket with ketchup on the side, strawberries, dill pickles, Crush yogurt, Baby Bel cheese, tomato soup (thermos), a few small chocolates and a container of water.
There are plenty of alternatives to just the plain pigs in a blanket as well. You can use sausage instead of hot dogs. You can add cheese and make cheesy dogs. You can even do chili cheese wrapped crescent dough...these you have to make sure you seal REALLY well so you don't get oozage. The possibilities are endless when you have some ready made dough at hand. Let's hear some of your favourite ways to use your crescent roll dough!
Monday, January 10, 2011
The Our Best Bites recipe for homemade hot pockets was scrumptious. The bread by itself is quite tasty and super simple. I've made it a couple times more already--once making it into rolls and once as a braided loaf. Jamie wants me to make a simple loaf we can use for sandwiches. And Carly, one of our readers, commented that it's just as good with whole wheat flour. You should definitely give it a try if you're into baking bread.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Thank goodness for my food storage supply - it came to the rescue when I was in need of a quick desert to cheer us all up. Now I know we're not all in the mood for any more baking but this was SO super easy and tasted delicious that I just had to share. Your basic ingredients are these:
a can of peaches and a white cake mix - this also works well with yellow cake mix too.
Tip the whole can, juice/syrup as well into a baking tin and add a cup of sugar - mix it around. If the juice doesnt cover the peaches add a little water to just cover them.
sprinkle over a teaspoon of cinnamon powder - you don't need to mix it in
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
For the balance...he THINKS he is getting a treat with the Crush yogurt. It is something fun for him to eat yet healthy. I would rather not have the litter in the lunch but he does bring home his containers for washing and recycling. The granola bar too is something fun he normally doesn't get in his lunch. It is still a treat but has some healthy aspects to it. Now for the full treat. Two cookies....store bought. For shame I know. But with all of the holiday cooking I have done recently, I do not feel like baking...this is going to have to do. I have a 9 year old boy who eats like a horse and has low blood sugar problems, so on occasion I have to put another small snack on the side. Today I put in giant Goldfish crackers for him to munch on in class.
For those concerned about the tomato sauce staining the Goodbyn, don't sweat it. I have had this box for over a year now and NO staining at all. If you wanted to reheat the spaghetti (my son likes his cold, straight from the Goodbyn) I would suggest putting it into a different container. Nena has posted about these awesome Wean Cubes that fit perfectly into the Goodbyn and can be removed for a quick reheating.
Happy New Year everyone! Let's get back on track!!!
Monday, January 3, 2011