School has started again after the long holiday season, and if you’re a mom, this means having to wake your kids up and give them breakfast before sending them off to schools in the morning. Apart from that, many of you mums also prepare a healthy container of food and sometimes drinks for them to munch on at recess.
As mums, you would want to prepare healthy lunchboxes for your kids, but you also don’t want to wake up too early and slog over it. If that sounds like you, here are some hacks to help you save time and effort:
Cook in Batches
Rather than making one meal at a time, try making food in batches that can last in the refrigerator or freezer for several days. That way, you can make a few lunch boxes at once and chill them. Take them out on the morning before school and pop them into the microwave for a quick warm up. This strategy requires you to avoid foods that will go bad very fast, like santan, milk and dairy products. Instead, stick to ingredients like fruits, vegetables and lean meat.
Prepare All Your Ingredients the Night Before
If you want to make a fresh meal on the morning itself, you can save a lot of time by chopping and peeling ingredients the night before so that they are ready to go right into the pan in the morning.
Prepare 2 or 3 Ingredient Meals
Rather than planning elaborate dishes, just stick to those with only 2 or 3 ingredients as this will save a lot of preparation time. Think a healthy stir fry with vermicelli and mushrooms with soy sauce, or macaroni and with canned tomato sauce and leafy greens.
Prepare No-Cook Snacks
Get a Mason’s jar and start filling it with crushed digestive biscuits, yogurt and fruits, layer upon layer, and you’ve already prepared a healthy dessert for your child. Alternatively, try a cucumber and tuna sandwich, or a canned chickpeas and corn salad. Get creative with dishes that don’t require any cooking, whether frying, steaming or baking so that you don’t have to spend the extra time waiting.
Shopping tip: Here are some useful kitchen tools that will help cut your lunchbox prep time even more.