Despite the fact that people got really upset about how much money I intended to spend on purchasing 10 eco-friendly, health-friendly lunch containers in order to make my busy life a little easier, I wanted to share an update about how it's going for us.
I started by purchasing two of these, based on a recommendation from my friend who says she has used hers for years, in addition to the many positive reviews on Amazon.
Once I realized they worked for our family, I purchased eight more of them. On Sundays, I set aside 1-2 hours to prep as much food as possible for the week. Last week, it took Henry and me two hours to:
- Make ten school lunches
- Chop broccoli and mushrooms and shred cheese for a vegetarian pizza on naan bread
- Make a healthy carrot and cauliflower soup with cumin
- Bake a loaf of fresh bread using the recipe from the book that Kylie, Angie, and I made
- Chop broccoli and juice/zest lemon for a whole wheat penne pasta one-pot meal
The lunch containers (you could do the same thing with a much cheaper plastic version) stack really easily in our fridge and don't take up much space in our fridge all week. It's incredibly fast to lay these out and populate them with healthy, balanced things (the little container is applesauce).
Prepping as many ingredients as possible for our weekly dinners means that I only need to spend about 15-20 minutes pulling together dinner each night. It's the only way we have time for playing, eating together as a family, bath time, books, story time, and bed time.
It's a stressful time of life, but we're making it work!