In a word? Leftovers.
On occasion, I show glimpses of a type A, “Mother of the Year” persona and whip out lunch box specialties, but honestly, it’s usually about what’s handy. And what’s at hand is what we ate for dinner the night before.
Soups, spaghetti, grilled chicken, even salad. It all goes in if I’ve got it in the refrigerator. If it’s meant to be hot, I might warm it up before packing so it isn’t stone cold. Sam is happy to eat normally hot foods at room temperature (and so am I). It’s along the same line as cold pizza. Sometimes it’s just as good that way.
One family dinner that translates well to school lunch is the slow cooker Hoisin and Ginger Shredded Pork from the Kitchn. It’s great on so many levels: easy to make (love my crockpot), flavorful and super lunch friendly.
I always sleep easier knowing that lunch is practically made. And with a whole wheat tortilla, some leftover salad and few sprigs of cilantro, this pork wrap comes together in a minute.
Do you send leftovers for lunch? Which ones pack well for school?