Quickcast #4 — School Lunches

The Saver's Kitchen show

Summary: Show Description School is starting soon and parents can expect to see increases in the price of hot lunch. Packing a cold lunch, even a couple of times per week, can save you money. But how much can you really save? Tune in to find out. Tip for Fix, Freeze, Feast readers--If you have a flexible, silicone muffin tray, consider freezing soups in them. Once frozen, remove each block from the tray, add them to a one or two large freezer bags, and return to the freezer. When you need an easy grab and go lunch, simply pull 2 or three blocks from the bag and heat. My family enjoys the Tomato-Basil soup and Lindsay's Baked Potato Chowder, so in the fall I always have these recipes frozen in smaller portions. This is also a great way to freeze the Basic Red Sauce. These smaller portions are perfect for those hungry teens who are coming home late from sports practice, starving, and beyond ready to eat. Be sure to promptly remove soups and sauces from your tray promptly, however, so you don't end up with lingering odors that transfer to your baked goods. Show Notes School Lunch Cookbooks: The Top 100 Recipes for a Healthy Lunchbox: Easy and Exciting Ideas for Your Child's Lunches, Nicola Graimes, 2007. Lunch Boxes and Snacks: Over 120 healthy recipes from delicious sandwiches and salads to hot soups and sweet treats, Annabel Karmel, 2007. School Lunch Websites/Articles of Interest: Healthy Lunch Alternatives list from KidsHealth.org. Laptop Lunches informative newsletter with recipes from the makers of the colorful bento-ware. A+ Lunches #38; Snacks article and recipes from FamilyFun.com Write us with comments, ideas, or suggestions. Subscribe in a reader There you can select your podcatcher of choice--iTunes, Odeo, Podnova, etc.