Tag Archives: School and Work Lunches
Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015

Leftover Thanksgiving Soup with a Harvest Salad.

There’s nothing quite like Thanksgiving leftovers. How will you use them up this year? By deciding what leftover dishes you want to make now, you’ll know how big a bird to buy. This soup is easy and affordable to make. Ingredients leftover turkey, cut into bite size pieces leftover peas leftover green beans leftover carrots […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014

Meal Prep for the Coming Workweek

Another workweek. Another food prep day. Do I mind spending an entire day each week cooking? Absolutely not! I love to cook. And I have less to do on a day-to-day basis when I do this. This week was pretty basic, and not overly expensive. Here goes: I started with a slow cooker meal. This […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.

How I Prepare Food for the Beginning of My Workweek

It’s not likely I will ever get up early enough to make lunches, on mornings I have to go to work. Instead, I tend to spend part of my Sunday afternoons preparing for my first three-day stretch. You see, I work a mixed schedule every week: 8-3, 7-3, 3-10, Thursday off, and then 3-11 Friday […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.

Vegetable Jars

Vegetable jars are so easy to make. You’re simply filling small canning jars with raw vegetables, covering, and storing in the refrigerator until they are ready to use. The produce will last for most of the week this way. They can easily be grabbed as a component to a work or school lunch. Some vegetable […]

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Chicken and Cheese Roll-Ups

These are great as snacks, or in a lunchbox. They are affordable, and can be made from leftovers. Roll-ups are also quick and simple to make. Chicken and Cheese Roll-ups Tortillas Thin chicken slices Cheese slices Lettuce leaves Spinach leaves Place the cheese on the tortilla. Place the chicken on the tortilla. Place the lettuce and spinach leaves on […]

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Popcorn Treats

These are simple for children to make, and will be great as a treat or a snack. This recipe is great for autumn days and/or Halloween. Popcorn Treats 4 cups popcorn 1 1/2 cups candy corn or candy pumpkins 1 cup autumn colored M&M’s 1 cup dried fruit Mix everything together in a large bowl. […]

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Candy Corn Trail Mix

Children can make these easily. They make great lunch-box add-ins, good trick-or-treat gift to hand out to the children you know, or even great place markers for guests at a Thanksgiving table. Candy Corn Trail Mix 1/2 cup candy corn 1 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup nuts, any kind 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1 mix […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright October 2014.

Quick Tip: How to Use Up Pumpkin

Pumpkin is abundant during the autumn months. If you find yourself with a lot of pumpkins, remember they will keep awhile when not cut. You can also make homemade pumpkin puree, and freeze or can it for later use. So, what can be made with all of this pumpkin? Soups and stews Paleo pumpkin Roll […]

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Using all of those Pumpkin Seeds

If you prefer not to make roasted pumpkin seeds, there are other things that can be done with the seeds. Here are some recipes for your enjoyment: Pumpkin Raisin Oatmeal Cookies Pumpkin Apple Soup Pumpkin Bread Pumpkin Bars (I would add more seeds) Enjoy! Shannon

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Turkey and Cheese Roll-Ups

These are great as snacks, or in a lunchbox. They are affordable, and can be made from leftovers. Roll-ups are also quick and simple to make. Turkey and Cheese Roll-ups Tortillas Thin turkey slices Cheese slices Lettuce leaves Spinach leaves Place the cheese on the tortilla. Place the turkey on the tortilla. Place the lettuce and spinach […]

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Peanut Butter and Banana Roll-Ups

These are great as snacks, for breakfast, or in a lunchbox. They are affordable, and can be made from leftovers. Roll-ups are also quick and simple to make. You can make these rollups using a few different wraps. These are easy for children to make. Peanut Butter and Banana Roll-ups Pancakes, crepes or tortillas Peanut Butter  […]

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Apricot Trail Mix

Trail mixes are very easy to make. You’re pretty much just throwing a bunch of snack items together to make a single snack. These snacks are easily stored in snack sized plastic baggies, or even canning jars. They make great school and work lunch additions. They’re generally pretty healthy. They make great after school snacks. […]

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Quick Tip: How to Use Up Snap Peas and Green Beans

Many people are ending up with a bunch of peas and beans this year. Perhaps you have too many to deal with. Maybe you’re looking for ways to use them up. Wash and dry them, snap of the end and snack on them as is. Just make sure they dry thoroughly if you wont eat […]

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Tomato Soup Idea #3

You may realize by now that we love tomato soup. It’s great on the chillier days that we’re still having, especially after a walk or yard work. I regularly come up with ideas for making soup more wholesome. I do this very cheaply, either by using leftovers or by purchasing items on sale. Sometime, the […]

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Tomato Soup Idea #2

I wanted share another soup idea with you today, again using tomato soup as the base. Tomato soup is high in sodium, so you may want to try to find a brand with less sodium for optimal health effects. I regularly come up with ideas for making soup more wholesome. I do this very cheaply, […]

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Tomato Soup Idea #1

I regularly come up with ideas for making soup more wholesome. I do this very cheaply, either by using leftovers or by purchasing items on sale. Sometimes, the entire meal is free. This happens when everything has come from the food cupboard and/or friends, or my garden. Tomato soups are easy to make. Try this […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 29. 2016.

Snack Platter for a Crowd #2: Fruits and Veggies

Here’s another snack platter that I used to prepare for the daycare children. They always loved the snack platters I would prepare for them, especially when they got to eat them outside. Children don’t care if they share a platter with others. Few of them will even ask for their own plates. It is great. […]

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Holiday Trail Mix

This one is cheap when buy store brands and on sale with coupons, and is great for the holidays. Easy for children to make, you can put together a big bowl and then divide it into pint-size canning jars to give as gifts. This can also be sent to school in a lunchbox, or taken […]

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Baked Cheese Ghosts

Yet another recipe that you can make with the help of your children, that can be served as a snack. These would also be great at a Halloween party. 8 slices paleo bread 4 slices white cheese ghost cookie cutter Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (can be wiped and reused later). Place 4 slices of […]

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Autumn Trail Mix

This is good as a snack, and would be great as an addition to your Thanksgiving celebration. It is easy for children to put this together by themselves. Store in a jar or package individually for easy snack access. I use store brand items when possible to make this as cheap to make as possible. […]

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Vegetable Mix-Up Soup

Here is a nice recipe using freezer mix-ups. These leftovers save you much money, and may even net you some free meals, as the cost for the ingredients would have been factored in when making previous meals. Ingredients: 1 container frozen veggie mix-ups enough water/stock/broth to cover mix-ups Add the frozen mix-ups to a pan […]

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Lunchbox Recipes

Here are some possible ideas for your children’s school lunches, or for your work or school lunches. Tortilla Roll-Up Ideas (I make Paleo tortillas): (In each of these, you will spread the ingredients evenly, or lay ingredients flat, then roll it up. Place in container and slice if desired) (Update 2017 – what fillings you […]

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