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Today I made the bug quesadillas on the George Foreman. just add cheese and chicken in a tortilla, fold in half and pop on the grill. Cut with pizza cutter. I added sides of salsa and sour cream. She also got some carrot sticks and leftover blueberry cobbler.


Leftover grilled chicken, two ways


Here we have two different lunches based on leftover grilled chicken. Mine is on the left, and the Bugs in on the right.

My salad has grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, carrots, celery, tomatoes etc. Basically every veggie I happened to have in the fridge. I packed the salad dressing and croutons separately, as pictured to avoid a soggy mess. I also packed grapes and yogurt, with granola for the yogurt separately.

The Bug has grilled chicken by itself, separated from the other items in a silicone baking cup. With the lid on, nothing mixes. She has a few Doritos (special treat), baby carrots, grapes and yogurt with granola packed separately.


The best products for packing school or work lunches

I am in love with Ziploc divided containers found here:

They seal each compartment so nothing leaks. This is what I pack her and my lunch in every day.


I try to base lunches on this idea:

1 protein

1 grain

2 veggies or 1 veggie and 1 fruit

1 dairy

and sometimes, a treat- usually a mini piece of candy.


I pack lunchs in a 31 bag personalized with our names. I’ve had them for a few years and they are just starting to wear out- I’ll have to replace Isabella’s before kindergarten. Mine is in better shape, probably because I am not in preschool. I think the quality is good- most Walmart lunch boxes don’t last that long, and this one has her name embroidered on it. The Ziploc container fits well with a drink in the bag. They can be found here:

new thermal totes 2010

Another product I love are silicone baking cups. They divide the large compartment of the Ziploc container well and are so cute! Hobby Lobby has a good selection, as does Amazon. I put things like crackers or veggies in them.


The last lunch product I can’t live without are disposable ramekins. You know when you go out to eat and need some salad dressing to go? Those containers are the best! I bought a ton of them on Amazon really cheap. They are great for salad dressing and dips to prevent your food from getting soggy, or granola for yogurt, etc. They are the best! These are the exact ones I bought (ignore that they say they are for Jello shots!)