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    Make Ahead Lunch Ideas

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    * Pamela *
    Thu Aug 18, 2005 9:56 am
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    ..................

    Lunch making is no longer a chore when your freezer is stocked with homemade goodies! A few moments on the weekend to prepare for the week's lunches with save you time and money. Think of it as doing your homework ahead of time and having the piece of mind at the due date. Here are some suggestions of recipes to make and freeze for those hectic mornings.

    Muffins/Loaves

    Chocolate Zucchini Cake Chocolate Zucchini Cake
    Orange Bread Orange Bread
    Strawberries and Cream Muffins Strawberries and Cream Muffins
    Erna's Apple Pie Muffins Erna's Apple Pie Muffins
    Karen's Blueberry Yogurt Muffins Karen's Blueberry Yogurt Muffins
    Cappuccino Muffins Cappuccino Muffins
    Strawberry Strudel Muffins Strawberry Strudel Muffins
    Banana Streusel Muffins Banana Streusel Muffins
    "The Best" Banana Bread (or Muffins!) "The Best" Banana Bread (or Muffins!)
    Chocolate Chip Muffins Chocolate Chip Muffins
    Strawberry Muffins Strawberry Muffins
    Healthy Bran Muffins Healthy Bran Muffins
    Orange Bread Orange Bread
    Other recipes that I plan to try

    Breads, etc


    Apple Cheddar Scones Apple Cheddar Scones
    Nutty Raisin Crescents Nutty Raisin Crescents
    Homemade Buns Homemade Buns
    Zwieback Zwieback
    Bannock Bannock
    Roll Kuchen Roll Kuchen (From the Mennonite Treasury of Recipes)
    Lemon Brunch Buns Lemon Brunch Buns
    Basic White Bread (for Bread Machine) Basic White Bread (for Bread Machine)
    Other recipes I plan to try

    Spread for Crackers
    freeze in small containers and pop into lunch bag and include a ziploc bag of crackers; don't forget a knife/spreader icon_wink.gif
    Eggplant Antipasto Eggplant Antipasto
    Garlic Boursin Cheese Spread Garlic Boursin Cheese Spread

    Instead of a Sandwich
    Ham and Cheddar Cream Scones Ham and Cheddar Cream Scones
    Ham Rolls Ham Rolls
    Pizza Turnovers Pizza Turnovers
    Pizza Roll-Ups Pizza Roll-Ups (OAMC)

    Promote your favourite make-ahead lunch ideas here and get ready for BACK TO SCHOOL!!


    Last edited by * Pamela * on Tue Sep 26, 2006 2:31 pm, edited 6 times in total
    startnover
    Thu Aug 18, 2005 11:19 am
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    Snacks

    Chewy Blonde Brownies recipe #126035
    Banana snack cake recipe #125969
    Hurry Up Chocolate chip Muffins recipe #127055
    Homegirls Special Oatmeal Cookies recipe #123451
    Best Ever Cranberry Chip Cookies recipe #128667
    Applesauce cookies recipe #124837


    Sandwich/bread

    Costco's Chicken Bake recipe #130186
    Ham and Swiss Picnic Bread recipe #124551
    Honey Whole Wheat Bread recipe #124175
    JillAZ
    Thu Aug 18, 2005 12:18 pm
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    @ngdarlen
    Thu Aug 18, 2005 12:58 pm
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    You must have read my mind Pamela, as I have been on Zaar all morning gathering recipes in preparation of making a cookbook for School Lunch Favourites.

    I have high school and elementary kiddos, and I do know that our schools have access to a micro for heating up stuff that comes straight from the freezer. So here are some of my gathered favourites for meals that can be heated at school.........

    Corn Dogs
    BBQ Chicken SandwichesFreeze in small 1/2 cup portions and place whole container in lunch box, along with bun and spoon to spread meat. I like to use those little ziploc containers, they are the perfect size.
    Broccoli Cheese SoupMy kids love this.I freeze in cup portions and take out the night before, nuke it the next morning, heat the thermos, and add the soup. icon_biggrin.gif
    Tortellini Soup

    CalzonesThese are great, and they freeze perfectly. I make them in mini sizes, about like a hot pocket, and have also used ham and cheese, which is a kids favourite here. They reheat very well in micro.
    Most quesadillas will freeze good, also homeade raviolis are excellant to freeze in portions, to place in thermos like the soups. ColorBoysWife has a crockpot recipe for them, cannot seem to find it now, but it's here somewhere. Also Sloppy Joes.

    Here are some recipes I have saved that can be frozen, and placed in lunchbox to thaw without having to be reheated.

    With the exception of the mac and cheese...........
    Mac and Cheese
    Peanut and Butter Granola Wraps
    Granola Bars
    Mini Pumpkin Pies
    Apple Jack Breakfast Wraps

    Most muffins will freeze good, also cookies.
    My kids really love the soup in the thermos, and I love it too, because it is good for them. I usually fix them a wrap or a salad to accompany the soup. My middle schooler likes to make up homemade salsa, freeze in those little containers, and take to school, with some tortilla chips. Hope this little bit helps. I will be looking back for ideas too. icon_biggrin.gif
    ratherbeswimmin'
    Fri Aug 19, 2005 9:10 am
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    I have two 3rd-graders, one 7th-grader, and one 9th-grader. The 9th-grader (step-son) has decided he wants to bring his lunch to school this year. He is all into football, body-building, and healthy eating and has decided the cafeteria food is no longer acceptable. He is an honor-student and as such, has access to a (very nice) lounge with refrigerator and microwave.

    The 7th-grader (step-daughter) will do whatever her friends are doing, which will change from week to week. So she will bring her lunch when all of her friends do. icon_rolleyes.gif My husband and I bring our lunch to work everyday so we are old pros. icon_biggrin.gif

    Here are some things my step-son and I have talked about making to start the year off:

    Muffins--all freeze well
    Zucchini Muffins
    Herbed Tomato Muffins--these are great with soups/stews
    Applesauce Bran Muffins
    Carrot-Apple Muffins
    Pumpkin Muffins
    Healthy Fruit Muffins by Watermelon

    Soups--all freeze well; reheat with microwave or store heated soup in thermos
    "Bestest" Hamburger Soup by Hey Jude
    Beef Onion Soup
    Cheeseburger Soup--this freezes well short-term (1 week). After long-term freezing, the potatoes get that funky texture.
    Fabulous Beef Stew--has potatoes, so same as above.

    Sandwiches--haven't tried freezing these but certainly can be made the night before; put a little ice-pack in lunch bag to keep cool if no access to a refrigerator.
    Egg Salad by Dawnab for sandwiches
    Ham Salad for sandwiches by Mizz Nezz
    Roast Beef Sandwich with Spicy Mayo and Avocado by ciao; kind of an "adult" sandwich but Matt loves this one.

    Salads--also haven't tried freezing these but can be made the night before; use ice pack to keep cool if no refrigerator to store in.
    Mostaccioli Pizza Salad
    Which Came First: the Chicken or the Egg Salad
    Tish
    Sat Aug 20, 2005 8:55 pm
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    Tish
    Mon Aug 22, 2005 12:06 pm
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    I decided to start a public cookbook for us for freezable lunch ideas. It is a work in process, Lunchbox in the Freezer - OAMC so if you have any recipes you want added put them here!
    ladypit
    Tue Aug 23, 2005 10:35 pm
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    I love this idea! May I ask a question, though? One of my son's favorite things is cold leftover pizza, but he'll only eat cheese. I may try the roll-ups, but I was wondering if I just made my usual crust and made it a regular pizza, could I then freeze slices and take them out for his lunchbox do you think? He has no access to a microwave.

    I have already made and frozenGinger Oat Cookies (no White Sugar Added) for him and Blueberry Baked Oatmeal for my lunches.

    I really appreciate these ideas. Please keep them coming! icon_smile.gif
    Tish
    Wed Aug 24, 2005 1:05 am
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    ladypit wrote:
    I love this idea! May I ask a question, though? One of my son's favorite things is cold leftover pizza, but he'll only eat cheese. I may try the roll-ups, but I was wondering if I just made my usual crust and made it a regular pizza, could I then freeze slices and take them out for his lunchbox do you think? He has no access to a microwave.

    I have already made and frozenGinger Oat Cookies (no White Sugar Added) for him and Blueberry Baked Oatmeal for my lunches.

    I really appreciate these ideas. Please keep them coming! icon_smile.gif

    I think the pizza would be easy to do. I make my own "freezer pizzas"...leaving them whole, but I think you should try the slices. Also, you might want to consider making him a cheese pizza calzone. They would be easier to handle in a lunchbox. I also like the idea of the baked oatmeal...how do you package it...what is the consistancy? TIA icon_biggrin.gif
    ladypit
    Wed Aug 24, 2005 8:10 am
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    Tish wrote:
    ladypit wrote:
    I love this idea! May I ask a question, though? One of my son's favorite things is cold leftover pizza, but he'll only eat cheese. I may try the roll-ups, but I was wondering if I just made my usual crust and made it a regular pizza, could I then freeze slices and take them out for his lunchbox do you think? He has no access to a microwave.

    I have already made and frozenGinger Oat Cookies (no White Sugar Added) for him and Blueberry Baked Oatmeal for my lunches.

    I really appreciate these ideas. Please keep them coming! icon_smile.gif

    I think the pizza would be easy to do. I make my own "freezer pizzas"...leaving them whole, but I think you should try the slices. Also, you might want to consider making him a cheese pizza calzone. They would be easier to handle in a lunchbox. I also like the idea of the baked oatmeal...how do you package it...what is the consistancy? TIA icon_biggrin.gif


    Do you think the calzone could be eaten cold?

    That baked oatmeal, because it is so very low fat and has splenda, is a tad bit spongy normally. I froze them in small pieces in small snack sized ziploc bags because I didn't feel like it would be frozen too long. I microwaved it for about 20 seconds because I wanted it for breakfast. I have to admit that I have never let it sit out until lunch time to try. Toni Gifford has talked about making different baked oatmeals and freezing them, so she would be a good person to ask.
    Tish
    Wed Aug 24, 2005 9:22 am
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    I have eaten the ham and cheese calzones cold(I figure if I eat a ham and cheese sandwich I will eat the same in this form)...so if he likes cheese pizza it might be worth a try. Make them small so they are easy to pack. If he doesn't like them you can keep them at home and heat and serve with some marinara sauce for a good snack or a quick dinner. Just a thought. I'm going to have to investigate the oatmeal icon_smile.gif
    ratherbeswimmin'
    Wed Aug 24, 2005 9:26 am
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    ladypit wrote:
    I love this idea! May I ask a question, though? One of my son's favorite things is cold leftover pizza, but he'll only eat cheese. I may try the roll-ups, but I was wondering if I just made my usual crust and made it a regular pizza, could I then freeze slices and take them out for his lunchbox do you think? He has no access to a microwave.


    Ladypit--are you wanting to know if you can send a cooked pizza slice that has been frozen in your son's lunch box and have the pizza thaw in the lunch box?? I haven't tried this but am wondering if the pizza would end up kind of wet and soggy, maybe. I think I would give it a trial run first. I have had great success with thawing and reheating cooked pizza slices but have never tried it as just thaw and eat. **If I have misunderstood your question, then please disregard. icon_biggrin.gif

    Diane
    Bella Donna
    Wed Aug 24, 2005 11:12 am
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    WOW! you ladies are sure on top of things!!! My kids, thank heavens, all get lunches from school thru the state. There are only a few times when they will NOT eat there - sloppy joe day, my oldest would rather not eat lunch at all! So I pack him a lunch that day.

    What I'm thinking of, is me. I'm going back to school at the end of September and do NOT want to be tempted by all of the stuff at college. I'm working on loosing weight and know that taking my own food will be the only solution. Sure, there's a Subway in the Union, but I don't have the money for that every day.

    Someone talked of an Egg-salad sandwich? Does anyone know if that freezes well? I have 18 chickens and get that many fresh eggs daily. I could easily boil and make that for myself. What about freezing of the mayo with the mix?

    I'd like to make some muffins, too that are high fiber/low fat and super filling. If anyone has some suggestions, I'm open to them! Think I'll need to grab some zucchini from a friend [she gives them away] and make some muffins to freeze for after school snacks for the kids!

    Thanks for all the great suggestions!
    ~Bella
    Tish
    Wed Aug 24, 2005 11:33 am
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    Bella Donna wrote:
    WOW! you ladies are sure on top of things!!! My kids, thank heavens, all get lunches from school thru the state. There are only a few times when they will NOT eat there - sloppy joe day, my oldest would rather not eat lunch at all! So I pack him a lunch that day.

    What I'm thinking of, is me. I'm going back to school at the end of September and do NOT want to be tempted by all of the stuff at college. I'm working on loosing weight and know that taking my own food will be the only solution. Sure, there's a Subway in the Union, but I don't have the money for that every day.

    Someone talked of an Egg-salad sandwich? Does anyone know if that freezes well? I have 18 chickens and get that many fresh eggs daily. I could easily boil and make that for myself. What about freezing of the mayo with the mix?

    I'd like to make some muffins, too that are high fiber/low fat and super filling. If anyone has some suggestions, I'm open to them! Think I'll need to grab some zucchini from a friend [she gives them away] and make some muffins to freeze for after school snacks for the kids!

    Thanks for all the great suggestions!
    ~Bella

    Hi Bella,
    I really can appreciate your desire to eat something healthy for lunches. I would encourage you to make a lot of good muffins. They will thaw in time for lunch and you can pack them full of good ingredients. Do yourself the favor of not buying the ones from the store when you have the opportunity to make ones that help you think well! I remember the student union food, and though it didn't kill me I can think of a 100 things that might be less fattening. Check out the Community Bulk/OAMC/Freeze/Make Ahead Cookbooks...I know Pamela has some great recipes collected for muffins.

    On to the egg salad question. It does not freeze well. You can freeze the eggs but the mayo doesn't survive the experience well. You might consider making it up and keeping it in the fridge for 3-5 days. You can do the same with tuna salad, but since you have the availability of eggs I'd do the egg salad. At least with this make ahead option you have something you can throw together and go with along with your muffin and some fresh cut fruit in a thermos. Hopefully someone else here will come up with more ideas! icon_biggrin.gif
    Bella Donna
    Wed Aug 24, 2005 11:39 am
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    Thanks Tish! Yeah, I need to get some muffins made... just need some different ideas... the same old muffins get kinda old after a while. And my problem here, is if the boys don't like them, I end up having to eat them all... or share them with the chickens! LOL

    Made a batch of cookies yesterday - gave over 1/2 away, but needed to taste 6 of them to make sure they were going to be ok for the recipient! LOL

    Thanks for the heads up on the salad freezing!
    I'll check out that cookbook you recommended!
    ~Bella
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