My husband began his new ministry this week but we’re still waiting for the banks and the government to clear all of the paperwork so we can sell our current home and purchase our new one. That means we’re living in a different community from our new church and my husband can’t come home for lunch like he could when we were only a mile and a half away.
Of course he doesn’t want the expense, and quite honestly the hassle, of going out to purchase his lunch every day, so I’m making sure to have portable lunch items on hand for him as well as for our son, who is still carrying lunch to his summer job. I usually pack up extra food from our regular meals in single-serving containers and leave them, labeled, on a particular shelf in our freezer. Then my guys can select what they’d like to take to warm up and eat for their lunch. I also like to have some “snacky” items and desserts on hand to round out the meal or provide a little pick-me-up.
Here are four things I’ve made recently that not only fit the bill for lunch but are also quick, easy, and don’t require me to heat up the house by turning on the oven. I’m making them for my men, but these recipes would also work for back to school lunches or grab & go snacks to take to sports practices, after school activities, and on car picnics.
No-bake granola bars require only four ingredients and one pot to prepare. They come together in minutes but do require some time to chill in the fridge before they’re ready to eat. I individually wrap the cut bars and store them in my freezer, ready to grab and go.
I don’t have a recipe to share for banana chips because I just slice ripe bananas, put them in the dehydrator, and leave them until they’re ready. Packaged in small baggies and stored in the freezer, these are a healthy, real food option for lunches, snacks, and car picnics. (I have a dehydrator like this one and also use fruit roll up trays like these sometimes.)
These are my daughter’s favorites, but my guys also love ’em. The ingredients are things I always have in the pantry. I love that I can make cookies in a hurry and without turning on the oven!
The key to making these parfaits portable is putting them in half pint canning jars like these. You can do whatever flavor combinations you want. Surprise your family with one of these parfaits for dessert and be prepared for the delighted response!
What quick, easy, no-bake treats do you like to pack in your family’s lunches?
Update: This post was shared at The Homemaking Party (7/26/16).
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