This time of year, there are countless posts offering fun, creative, and sometimes even healthy suggestions for filling school lunch boxes.
As a homeschool mom I enjoy looking through the recipes and directions. But, being home all day (more or less) with a fridge and stove at our disposal, I'm not likely to get up early to arrange a bento box, or write little notes to package in with sandwiches.
I am however, as teacher, administrator, custodian, and lunch lady of our little operation, always looking for ways, or gadgets, to make lunch prep as fast and as hassle free as possible.
I was pretty happy to find reusable toaster bags, for making "grilled" cheese sandwiches in the toaster, hanging on the grocery aisle near the bread (I've included an Amazon link, so you can read about them, but they were less expensive at the grocery store - so shop around).
They are so simple to use - and I'm happy to say, actually work. Just make your cheese sandwich as normal. You don't have to add butter to the outsides of the bread. We did though, because the children prefer the taste.
...and drop the bag (open side up) into the toaster, on your normal toast setting.
If you don't have a wide slot toaster, you might have to push the sandwich filled bag down into the slot by hand.
...leaving enough of the bag sticking out for easy retrieval. Keep an eye on the bag while the sandwich is toasting. We didn't have any problems, but I read a few reviews, that said the bags can on occasion catch fire.
Slip the toasted sandwich out the bag, right onto your plate, add an apple slice or two...
...and lunch is ready. The bags are reusable, just flip them inside out, and wash them in soapy water, or even better - into the dishwasher - so much nicer than dealing with a greasy pan!
One lunch down. Only another 200 or so more to go, for this school year. Any suggestions?