It seems we all have those day where we aren’t at home and lunch time rolls around. So, what do you do? Sure, there are those times where you just have to grab a bite to eat at a fast food restaurant. Although, when possible, it’s nice to pack a lunch from homemade food made in your own kitchen. Of course there is your typical sack lunch slap; together a PB&J sandwich, throw in an apple and perhaps some goldfish crackers and off you go. Although a simple solution to lunch on the go, that is a favorite of mine, is soup!
At our house, it’s the time of year where we make lots of soup, yesterday it was pumpkin soup and a bit before that it was beef stew! I don’t know about you, but in our house when we have soup, it usually come from a big pot that simmers on the stove all day. Which also means we usually have leftovers. In anticipation of the days we will not be home for lunch, whoever is in charge of dinner clean up, will put some of the extra soup into individual plastic containers. Then we freeze them and come Wednesday (our co op day) all we have to do is grab a container of soup out of the freezer. Then, when lunch rolls around, all we have to do is pop our container of soup in the microwave and enjoy our all inclusive meal! Of course, you can still add your apple and I like to include some nuts to add a little variety to my lunch.
Of course, freezing leftovers in individual containers is not just subject to soup, although it’s usually what we freeze. Take it from someone who remembers the onslaught of lasagna on Wednesdays a whole school year later. Don’t get me wrong, I like lasagna, just not every Wednesday for a month. So mix it up! Next time you have leftovers, consider freezing them in individual portions for those times when you won’t be home for lunch. Before you know it, come co op day (or whatever your scheduled may hold), you will have a ready to go lunch and the first person in your family that is ready to leave the house won’t be rushing to throw together six PB&J’s to every person’s specifications and dietary needs (“wait was that Kyle who wanted honey instead of jam on gluten free bread?”) in an attempt to be out of the door on time!
With Soup Ready For Lunches,
~The Old Fashioned Girls~