Monday, May 3, 2010

Feeding The Masses

It seems to me that my kids are ALWAYS hungry. I feel like I am CONSTANTLY preparing food (& cleaning up after it). Well, I finally got organized this month and even on day two I have noticed how much easier it is to feed the masses.

I have designated a drawer in my fridge and a bin in my cabinet JUST for snacks. It took a bit of time, separating and bagging things when I came home from the store but it is worth it in the long run.

As for making lunches. . . Through this blog, I have been blessed with ideas shared by people all across the globe! I cannot even believe that I can say that! SilverMoon Dragon shared with me a GREAT idea for getting school lunches ready. She just prepares all of the items ahead of time and then her children pack their own lunches! BRILLIANT!

I made turkey wraps for all of my family this morning and cut them in half. That way, they don’t waste the other half and I won’t have to make them again tomorrow. Plus, if someone is extra hungry, they can grab one out of the fridge.

I have also made a box full of bagged lunch items: veggie chips, pretzels, raisins, dried fruit, trail mix, seasoned toasted garbanzo beans, and fruit bars. Along with the celery, carrots and cheese sticks in the fridge, my boys can pick three items to go with their drink and sandwich (or wrap).

One last thing that I did this morning was to cook up a family size package of chicken tenderloins in a little olive oil, salt and pepper. They can now be used for our chicken pizza tonight, quick protein snack before soccer practice, sliced on top of a salad or diced up in a lunch wrap. Since my 10 month old still eats fairly simple, they are perfect for her as well. So, for $8, I have a multipurpose food ready to go, feeding a family of 6 for about a week.


  1. You're my idol, and I don't use that loosely. I've decided that this summer is the time when I will learn to really feed my family. It's probably time, since my oldest is married. Thanks for some inspiration.

  2. I love the idea of having the snacks they can choose from in one place. Plus having them make their own lunches, with your help! Its quite wonderful. Thanks for the tips. :)


  3. I have often pondered doing something like this. Seeing this post totally confirmed it for me! It is nice to see someone doing what you're thinking about doing. I hope that makes sense. Thanks for sharing! You've totally motivated me.

  4. love the ideas!!!! i will totally do this!!!!
    such a time saver!!! tell me about these toasted seasoned garbanzo beans and where did you get them?!?!?!!?

  5. Rachael,
    I take dry chick peas and soak them overnight. then i rinse them, toss them with a little canola oil and tony's seasoning (i have also used olive oil and garlic salt) and throw them in a 425 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes, shake pan and in for another 10-15 minutes until crunchy.
    my kids love them and my husband likes to have a few bags at the office for his mid afternoon slump.