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This year, more than ever, having a lunch strategy that includes make-ahead lunches will save us. For Meghan, it’s about making sure that her partner has quick lunch solutions for the kids who will be at home in remote school while she’s at the office. For Stacie, it’s about prepping lunches that her older boys can grab, heat and eat on their own. And for both of them, it’s about making sure that they also have a nourishing lunch to keep them going — because it’s going to be a long school year.
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The Gift of Make-Ahead Lunches
Busy home cooks tend to fall into two camps: those who make ahead and those who don’t. But we think that everyone can set themselves up for quick, easy cooking with the right make-ahead strategies. The strategies you choose will depend on your desire and ability to plan ahead and also your schedule (duh). But no matter how these factors combine, we have ways that you make or prep lunch so that you’re not spending all day in the kitchen.
Here are the links mentioned in our conversation:
Stacie on Instagram: @staciebillis
Stacie’s cheese-plate inspired school lunch
Stacie’s DIY Taco Lunchable school lunch (perfect for using up leftovers!)
Stacie’s Make-Ahead Ham and Cheese Muffins (also a chance to sign up for our newsletter!)
Stacie’s Baked Corn Dog Bites
Stacie’s approach to getting kids to snack and lunch on fruit and veg
We also mentioned a few previous episodes of Didn’t I Just Feed You: all links, and some other related eps, below.
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Other DIJFY Episodes You’ll Love
If you loved this episode, we think you’ll also love these past episode. Binge listen, activate!
Our Favorite No-Cook Family Dinners (this one has a ton of tips on building great salad meals!)
Easy Summer Side Dishes (many of these make great packed lunch ideas)
How Sauces Can Save Your Weeknight Cooking (and lunch prep too!)
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