- Stock up on disposable plastic cups with lids. They’re inexpensive, and great for packing dips, peanut butter, granola, or anything else you can imagine. Best of all, skip the washing and just throw them away after each use. Purchase at WalMart stores, or online here: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Diamond-Multi-Purpose-Mini-Cups-With-Lids-2-oz-50ct/17056809 You can also find biodegradable, environmentally-friendly cups online here: http://greenpaperproducts.com/disposable-biodegradable-2ounce-portion-cups-ap6260-100.aspx
- Utilize leftovers. Have leftover cooked meat or raw veggies? Stuff it in a sandwich. Leftover cooked pasta or rice? Add salad dressing and a few veggies to make a grain salad. Leftover beans? Mash them with lemon juice and spices to make a sandwich spread or dip for veggies. Making use of leftovers will help stretch your food budget and add some variety to the lunchbox menu.
- Switch it up with hot meals. Is your child sick of sandwiches? Invest in a thermos so you can pack soup, spaghetti, or stew with ease. Before filling the thermos with hot food, fill it with boiling water to preheat. Just allow the boiling water to warm the thermos while you heat the food, pour out the water, and fill.
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