Beth Ann Bentley: Hi! I am Beth Ann Bentley from ilunchbox.
com and I am talking to you about packing healthy lunches for kids. Today we are going to talk about making a plan. The easiest way I know to save time and money is making a plan for dinner. I am going to show you today how to take two classic dinners and turn them into six or seven lunches. These dinners could from scratch or semi-homemade. First we have the classic roast chicken dinner with brown rice and mixed vegetables. You can roast the chicken yourself or pick up a rotisserie chicken from your local grocer. Next, we have penne pasta with marinara sauce and meatballs followed by a house salad. These dinners turn into these great lunches. First we have penne pasta salad using the leftover penne from dinner. Next we have a ploughman's lunch, using the leftover cold roasted meats and vegetables. Then a fiesta rice salad using the leftover brown rice and the mixed vegetables tossed with a little salsa and olive oil. And a taco salad, using any leftover dinner salad along with the vegetables, some meats and again tossing with a little salsa and olive oil, and of course, the chicken sandwich. On a cold day you can make chicken rice soup with mixed vegetables or tomato soup with penne and meatballs. Once a week I make my kids favorite salad dressing. The basics of any salad dressing is two parts oil to one part acid. This dressing contains two thirds of a cup of olive oil one third cup apple cider vinegar. Next, I add about a tablespoon of honey add about a half a tablespoon mustard. I like Dijon mustard. A tablespoon of a nice herb blend, season a bit with salt and pepper, put the top on the blender and give it a whirl. When it's emulsified and looking creamy you know it's done. Now I've finished up my son's favorite lunch time salad. It contains mixed creams, bell peppers, red onions and chopped apple and some cold roasted chicken from the other night's dinner. Toss it all into the bowl together and then add your freshly made salad dressing, about a tablespoon or two, give it a toss, and add it to your lunch container. And that's lunch. I hope that I have given you some food for thought on how to utilize leftovers from dinner to make healthy lunches for your kids.