This week I am going to share with you how to streamline and organize your meals.
First, do you have a kid friendly snack station in your kitchen or pantry?
Do you have a lunch packing station?
Having everything you need in one spot saves SO much time!
Here are three ways to eat on the run without going through the drive through.
Confession: Meal planning and packing lunches has to be my worst skill.
Seriously, when I was working full-time as a teacher, hubby took over the lunch packing… and then the grocery shopping… and finally cooking dinner. When I started to work from home again, I didn’t take those jobs back.
It’s just NOT my gift. However, I have used that excuse too long. I need to be more proactive in my own lunch packing and help out with the family meals and snacks.
Here are a few of the solutions I have come up with.
#1 Make in bulk
I don’t need variety. Currently I am packing a ½ bagel with cream cheese and ham, a peanut butter Power Bar, cottage cheese, a bag of chips and grapes as my lunch / snacks to go. I make all the sandwiches and bag the grapes on Sunday for the week.
#2 Prepackage drink mixes
I also make 10 pitchers of iced tea mix at once. It really is easier to grab one of these bags, snip the end and mix the tea in a hurry.
Drink mix ready to go.
A quick snip…
Additionally, I prepackage what I need for a coffee on the go. I keep a coffee cup with the coffee package in my car door. Often my clients will have a Keurig maker and not mind if I make a coffee before I leave.
#3 Cook in the car
I love this idea, but it isn’t mine. My friend has 6 kiddos and is in the car ALL day on Mondays. So she plugs her crockpot in her van and cooks the dinner as she drives around all day! Brilliant!
She packs a cooler of milk and fruit to add to their meal on the go!
And since I am SO bad at this, I thought I’d bring in a REAL pro at packing lunches to help us out. Andi from Lunch It Punch It has some awesome lunch packing ideas!
What began as a simple act to help both of us eat less fast food, turned into a blog in early 2011 that has continues to keep me organized. How? In order to walk out the door each weekday with a packed lunch, I need to pack it with foods that I shop for before lunchtime strikes. It also helps that I work in what I call an dining-out desert so if I don’t pack, I don’t eat. I like to eat!
On weekends, I do meal planning and prep by shopping for food and then cleaning, cutting and portioning produce so it is ready to go. Next, I make entrees that will be used for packed lunches or evening dinners.
Over the years, I have added to my kitchenware and prefer glassware if an entree needs to be reheated while some things like berries or carrots can go in a plastic container or reusable snack bag. I have two of the exact same lunch bags and have been known to prepare each bag on Sunday night so I have the first two lunches of the week ready to go in the fridge.
Andi started Lunch It Punch It in 2011 as a way to pack a lunch to punch a goal. Follow Lunch It Punch It on Facebook and Twitter