DIY Lunchables by Jen at Domesticated Nomad

Happy Friday Guys! I am so excited to have my very first guest poster today. The extremely talented Jen from Domesticated Nomad is in the house today to share her DIY Lunchables.  

Technically, we are doing a blog swap. I'm posting a new recipe over at her blog, and she is posting over here at Jam Hands. Be sure to drop by her site and say hi. Take it away Jen!   -Ali

Hi Jam Hands readers! I adore Ali's blog and I'm so excited she let me take over today. I'm Jen from Domesticated Nomad. I typically blog about home DIY stuff and kids' art lessons, but today I'm going to talk to you well, write about DIY Lunchables.

Out in blogland, I wish I could remember where, I saw the idea of making a menu for the kids to deal with the summer lunches. I thought this was a great idea. But I wanted to make the lunches "ready-to-go" so I created my own, much tastier and healthier, lunchables.


I made up my menu. This is posted to the fridge so they can stand there and ponder it as long as they want, and I don't have to stand there and repeat their choices until they decide. I can go about my business.

So, what are their choices?

Pizza: homemade flatbreads, mozzarella, pepperoni, and tomato sauce with carrot sticks and jello. Just use your favorite recipes or brands.

For the Jello cups, it is a huge money saver to make your own. I bought 4 oz. mason jars. With one package of Jello, I was able to fill eight jars.


If the boys pick a lunch with a Jello cup, they can grab one and eat it right out of the jar. So easy.

Meat, Cheese and Crackers:

Um, it's what it sounds like. But if you do it yourself, you control the quality. And I include fresh fruit.

Boiled Egg Box:

My youngest doesn't eat much meat, so this box is about meatless protein. A boiled egg, celery with peanut butter, and a Jello cup.

Butter Noodles:

Butter noodles, peas, cheese and applesauce

After boiling the noodles and draining I add butter or margarine and a dash of garlic salt. Stir it up and add it to the box.
Also, add peas, sliced cheese and an applesauce cup. (Again, money saver, buy a large jar of applesauce and pour into small mason jars. Huge savings, little work.)

When you serve this box, take out the applesauce and cheese and add a tiny bit of water. Loosely cover with the lid and pop in the microwave to reheat. The tiny bit of water will steam things so the pasta isn't dry.

I will just make up several boxes on the weekends to stock up the fridge for the upcoming week.


I will probably have some other options on occasion too. It's not that I mind cooking; actually, I love to cook. It's that I hate the daily drama of deciding what to have for lunch. Now there is no guess work. I think this will be great for packed lunches for school too.

If you want the PDF of the menu, send me an email and I'll send it to you. 

Comments

  1. I still love lunchables as an adult :) hehe.

    I love that you made your own jello cups. I imagine you could do the same thing with pudding cups - make a large batch and then portion them out. Great idea!

    That menu is super cute too. Did you draw that yourself?

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us Jen. :)

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  2. I love them too! Yeah, I drew the menu. I thought a sketchy/cartoony menu would be more like what restaurant kids' menus look like.

    Thanks for having me!

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  4. this is SUCH a fun idea---definitely keeping this in mind for when i have kids down the road :)

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