When we lived in London, the children were able to eat lunch prepared and served by their school. We were lucky that the school’s lunch options were mostly good and healthy, and we didn’t have to think or worry about what they would be eating at lunch time. (Thinking about it now, I don’t think we realised how lucky we had it — not having to plan and prepare school lunches!)
So it was a big change for us when our children started school here in Australia and we were told we had to send our children to school with their own packed lunch every day. It added a whole new element of work each morning before school, not to mention the planning that goes into grocery shopping and meal making.
This past January, at the start of the school year, we set out to find the perfect lunch boxes when a friend told me about the PlanetBox stainless steel lunch boxes. What appealed to us the most about these lunch boxes, apart from the fact they’re sturdy, stainless steel and dishwasher safe, is that they have individual compartments which eliminate the need for extra packaging or plastic. No need for plastic baggies, no need for cling film around sandwiches, etc.
We also got the insulated carry bag for each of their lunch boxes because it keeps their lunches cool, which was especially important during the super hot summer months here in Australia.
Michael has taken his job of school-lunch-maker very seriously, and after some trial and error (is there anything more frustrating than getting your child’s lunch box back full?!!) we’ve managed to find a good rotation of lunches the kids really love. Some of their favourites are: summer rolls (which admittedly take a bit of time and prep in the morning, but the kids LOVE them), pasta salad, cheese sandwiches with chutney dip, a mini tuna can with good bread and pickles, falafel balls with hummus dip, cold frittata (cooked the night before), and any left-over dinner options we have in the fridge (pasta, lasagna, pizza, etc.).
We’d love to hear what sort of things you put in your kids’ lunch boxes! Please do share.