Packing lunches for our boys is always a roller coaster in our house. Since they started school several years ago, both have refused to eat hot lunch at school, which honestly has been both a blessing and a challenge. We’ve been impressed that they are concerned about the kind of food they eat and where its sourced, but the difficulty lies in a lack of variety. Simply said, sometimes we just get in a rut when packing their lunches.
In comes the Tiffin. These food containers have been life savers and the boys completely love having a warm meal at lunchtime. The Tiffin is easy to pack, easy to fill, and easy for them to open and shut. Offering an on-the-go hot lunch mixes up the old sandwich routine, too, and we’ve come up with a few ideas to get you started on packing your own.
Sausages and eggs. I have to admit, this blew my mind. I have no idea why the thought of taking breakfast for lunch was such an exciting thing, but it was. The boys love all things breakfast, and this is so easy. Simply cook some small links and scramble your eggs. Slide the sausages in first, vertically, and then pack the scrambled eggs in on the side. You can do this bacon and eggs, homemade pancake strips and bacon or syrup, or hot oatmeal topped with berries and honey. Just start brainstorming!
Mac and cheese. This might seem too easy and too normal. Don’t discount the normal. One of our boys always came home pretty sullen when mac and cheese was served at school, but he still refused to try it. We have a favorite organic version that we make every once in a while and surprise them. High fives all around on mac and cheese day.
Meatballs. So versatile! You can pack them in marinara and noodles, teriyaki sauce, sweet and sour sauce, BBQ sauce, or just leave them plain. I always make a double batch and freeze half of them so we can be ready in a pinch.
Leftover dinner. Soups, stews, chicken pot pie, meatloaf, fried rice, potatoes, chicken nuggets/strips, stir fried veggie medleys, a simple sweet potato/sausage/cheese/egg hash (pictured below), etc. If it’s a meal they love, set aside a couple of portions to pack in their lunch the next day.
Dessert! Come on! This is about as good as breakfast for lunch. Pack a hot cobbler in there. An easy way is to quick grill some peaches (on your stove at home; no need to get too fancy) or heat up some fruit, top with a crunchy granola, and drizzle with a little cream (not too much or it will turn soggy). Or try some warm candied nuts, top with strawberries, and don’t forget that drizzle of cream. Pair it with a healthy lunch (sandwich, wrap, etc) and that measly 20 minutes or so that the kids get for lunch will seem like plenty of time to eat all of that hot, delicious mess.
Are you inspired? I am. In fact, I think I might steal their Tiffins and pack a hot lunch AND a hot dessert for myself for work tomorrow.