Pack once, eat all week

Enjoy your lunch with these pack ahead, time saving tips

Kendra Peterson, AKA Ludicrous Mama, who blogs over at Biting the Hand That Feeds you, is one of my favorite writers, in that she rarely never makes it seem like she’s Miss Perfect. What I love about her is that she unabashedly admits she’s not perfect. And here’s proof (from her blog description): “…Despite my complete lack of cooking skills and innate laziness…”

And while I LOVE pouring over blog posts about recipes, crafty stuff, and children that are so picture-perfect I run screaming inadequately from the room when I’ve finally reached my “I suck in comparison” level, I much prefer reading blogs like Kendra’s. She not only offer wonderful tips, recipes, and advice, she does so in a way that assures me that she’s actually human. She has been known to make mistakes, unpopular dishes, and leave dishes in the sink. (Whew – I’m not the only one.)

Yay for people I can relate to!

Kendra’s blog post yesterday was super swell, and I just wanted to share it with you here- she packs lunches for her school-age daughter and decided she might as well pack some for herself too. But she did it all at once so she’d have them ready to grab and go during the week. 🙂 Sounds like a doable time-save to me!

Plan ahead. Eat well.

“When I pack a lunch for Z, I almost always pack one for myself as well, even though in most cases I don’t need a packed lunch. I could just go home and make myself something while she’s at preschool. But since I often forget to feed myself, or cave in to my desire to have a Sweet Tea and just go to McDs on the way home, having a lunch packed means I eat better that day.

It’s fairly time consuming, though, to get out my spinach or lettuce each night. And wash just enough for that salad, since I don’t go through greens quickly, and I don’t want to get them all wet so the rest goes bad faster. Who knows when my next salad will be?
Plus chopping up the carrots or whatever else I toss in there. Even opening and closing the dressing bottle and bag of nuts adds a little time, and gets tiresome to do again and again.

I’ve seen some people say that they can prep their salad fixings for a whole week, so I decided I’d try that for myself! Only I just did four days, so I could be flexible – I could either cave and go out one day, or else just make a fifth salad later for Friday.”

Click HERE to read Kendra’s complete post about packing lunches ahead. She shares the good, the bad, and the wilted.

Or, if you want to make sure you’re not the only one who messes up in the kitchen, enjoy one of her famous FAIL posts HERE.

Or, pick up a copy of my book, Cooking with Trader Joe’s Cookbook – Easy Lunch Boxes. Kendra is one of the contributors! You’ll love her recipes and not so perfect personal tidbits too.