Lunch on Purpose

Lunch packing is something of a challenge for me, historically. There are so many things to choose from and the sheer variety of convenience foods available at American grocery stores still blows my mind. I wish I had the grocery packing skills out of the latest Cheaper By The Dozen remake. But alas, I am generally on survival-mode as I try to make lunches and get kids ready for school.

Cue my deep thinking, deep feeling middle child. She noticed that I am a bit frenetic in the morning, so she helped break me out of my one-track prep routine. I spent every morning last year making my picky boy a homemade Uncrustable. Adding the little one to the routine this year upped the time investment in daily sandwiches. My sweet girl pointed out that I could make the sandwiches ahead of time and freeze them, making them as easy to grab as store-bought Uncrustables. I had genuinely never even thought of that.

So now, this is how I make Uncrustables in more calm moments to make our morning more purposeful and relaxed. I hope it helps ease your morning routine (or your sports prep, or your hiking prep, or whenever!), too!

Step 1: Prep my space. I make two loaves of bread into Uncrustables at a time. I have separate spoons for my fillings, a cutting board for making and cutting sandwiches, and foil lined baking sheets for freezing.
Step 2: Sandwiches. I make the whole loaf into sandwiches with one filling combo.
Step 3: Cut and seal the sandwiches. These sandwich sealers are some of the best money I’ve ever spent. My son is a very picky eater, so this lets me create a consistent, accepted food for him with ingredients I am comfortable with nutritionally.
Step 4: Arrange sealed sandwiches on the baking tray. I use a Sharpie to mark which filling combo is on each tray.
Step 5: Freeze!
Step 6: Store the frozen sandwiches in a freezer bag so they are ready to make your morning easy!
The only downside to mass production is mass crust leftovers. When I made one sandwich at a time, I would either eat the crusts (they really are the best part!), or throw them away, figuring that is exactly what would happen to crusts at school anyway. For now, I’ve got a whole bunch of crusts in my freezer. I just couldn’t throw that much food away for no reason. I think I need to find a bread pudding recipe that would still taste good with bits of peanut butter, jelly, and Nutella in it!

Published by K. Dunckhorst

As I was growing up, I never pictured myself as a stay-at-home mom. Thankfully, God had other plans. I am now the mother of an amazing handful of kids, most of whom were born at home as well! I am learning how to be purposeful with my time at home, and I hope to encourage others who are also seeking a purposeful home life.

One thought on “Lunch on Purpose

  1. thanks for sharing this great idea, and how sweet for a young person to think of it :). The crusts could work really well for a baked french toast breakfast casserole, and the bits of pb/nutella/jelly wouldn’t make any difference, especially if you add fruit and/or syrup. xo


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