One of the resolutions of this school year for me is to try and pack lunches. Since my kids only have one school day away from home, most of these are for my husband. But kids would eat those as well if they had to.
Husband has an option to warm his lunches up, but most of those can be eaten cold as well.
Here are the ingredients I’ve used so far, mixing and matching a lot:
-chicken breast (from rotisserie chicken)
-meatballs out of ground turkey or beef (added shredded zucchini for moisture and ginger for fun)
-Rice with ginger and carrots
-cubed roasted potatoes
-Tamagoyaki (excellent recipe at Just Bento)– big hit and so easy
-rainbow chard sauteed in sesame oil and soy sauce
-steamed green peas and carrots
-fresh cucumbers and tomatoes
-kimchi I did one at home for the first time, but store bought is good too)
fruit and sweets:
-kiwi and strawberry mix
-any other fruit I had at home
Here are some combinations(pardon cell phone quality, sometimes one has to be quick :)):
chicken breast + buckwheat + corn + sauteed chard
I’m still learning and find that some planning sure is needed, sometimes leftovers work, sometimes they don’t . Some things can just be thrown together in a few minutes, some require extra effort. Also I’m not as inventive as I thought I were, but it is fun.