When we lived overseas ziplock bags were treasured items, and since we've returned to the states I've had a hard time throwing them away, even if we do live in the land where ziplock bags are readily available. When I think about how wasteful it is to throw a perfectly good bag away I'm encouraged to try to use containers as much as possible, and because I HATE to wash ziplock bags. I absolutely love these ziplock and glad containers. Not only are they cheap but you can fill them will all sorts of goodies that bring a little zest to your lunch, they will pay for themselves before you know it. Now I don't condem using ziplock bags, but we try to limit the number we use and it's amazing how infrequently we have to use them.
By doing the prep work for these containers before the week begins or Monday morning it's easy to grab a container in the morning and throw it in my husband's lunch box as the week goes on. Which makes this mama, who is not a morning person, very, VERY happy!
Here are some ideas you can fill your ziplock and glad containers with that are great cold:
- Crackers (chips are often too big)
- Homemade cookies, just make them small enough to fit into these containers
- Veggie Slices, or Cherry/grape tomatoes
- Veggie Dips/Salad Dressing
- Fruit Slices
- Fruit Dip
- Baked Apples
- Cottage Cheese
- Chex Mix
- Rice Cakes
- Peanut Butter
- Dry Cereal
- Homemade yogurt
- Dried Fruit & Nuts
- Cubed Cheese
- Summer Sausage
- Chicken Salad/Tuna Salad/Egg Salad
- Salad Toppings so your lettuce will stay nice a crisp
- Cold Quesidillas slices
- Chip Dip (On of my hubby's favorites!)
- Mini Muffins
- Small peices of cake
- Cole Slaw
- Potato Salad
- Macaroni Salad
- Pasta Salad
- Ants on a Log
The possibilities are endless. So now that you've read my list, what do you add to your lunches to make them a little less boring? Post a comment and share your idea with the rest of us. I always love new ideas.
For more great ideas this week check out We're THAT Family for Works for Me Wednesday.