Nerd alert: I still love packing school lunches. By no means are my bentos the cutest, definitely not anything too noteworthy, but I seriously love packing these lunch boxes.
One thing I've noticed is that I don't really "shop" for school lunch items. The food I buy is basically all for the purpose of feeding the family--none is ever specifically purchased for the sake of school lunches. Since I never have a plan when it comes to packing Elliott's lunches, she often ends up with dinner leftovers and odds and ends in her lunch. As far as I know, she enjoys it--you know, the box comes home mostly empty, so I'm calling it a success. Here are a few of the lunches she's had lately that have contained leftovers.
1. Leftover grilled teriyaki chicken and pineapple, meunster/olives/goldfish, strawberries.
2. Leftover taco salad with Fritos and homemade Catalina dressing, clementine, prunes
3. Leftover BBQ pork, cole slaw, Triscuits and nectarines, honeydew
4. Leftover copycat Chick-Fil-A chicken nuggets and honey mustard, cole slaw, veggies and ranch, grapes
One concern is always food safety--I covered that in this post. We're also still loving the thermos for sending leftovers in the lunch bag. I hate food waste and utilizing leftovers in the lunch box is proving to be a time and money saver. Yay!