The time is upon us.
While we may have danced out of the playground last December, throwing lunch boxes into the air with gay abandon hollering ‘see you in hell plastic box of weekday despair’, we’ve unfortunately had to pick up those vessels of parental iniquity, meekly apologise and accept the fact that we are faced with yet another year of lunch boxes to pack.
That is a lot of sandwiches. Multiple upon multiple tubs of yoghurt. Fruit for days. Litres of tears sobbed over bread that hasn’t passed muster (‘too white’, ‘too grainy’, ‘not square enough’).
You may have started the school year pledging to create a bento-esque box of epic proportions (guilty as charged here, just check my Pinterest boards) each and everyday but it’s time to adjust our expectations people. Take things back to basics. Excel at what’s important, otherwise known as the holy trinity of packing lunches and focus on lunches that; a) get eaten b) get enjoyed c) don’t take 17 hours and a sandwich cutter the shape of a rare tree frog to prepare. ‘Filling’, ‘quick’ and ‘tasty’ needs to be your new mantra.
It’s true, you may not be making Minions out of sandwiches but here’s what you can do.
1. Choose a stellar sandwich filler.
What’s a sandwich without a decent filling? Two sad pieces of bread, that’s what. Even the most basic of lunches can be kicked up a notch with a killer sandwich and the best bit? It’s probably the easiest way to create a little hit of deliciousness.
Steer your trolley straight to the dairy section and pick up a packet of Don Premium English Shaved Ham. Quick and super tasty with the added bonus of no waiting time hanging around the deli waiting for your ticket to be called while you struggle to contain numerous children and field requests for various snacks/drinks/toys.