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It’s that time of year, where many are beginning the lunch-packing routine, anew. The beginning of a new school year brings new challenges when trying to plan nutritious meals your kids will like. That’s even more true if you want something that will also keep well and be quick and easy to prepare in the morning. As homeschoolers, we don’t have that issue with our children, but I DO need to send a lunch with my husband every day; so I can definitely empathize with the struggle to pack a great lunch, that will be good for him, filling and keep well.
Planning an interesting menu can definitely strain my brain, some days; but the real challenge for me, is how to pack his lunch in a way that it will stay fresh and delicious until it’s time for my husband to eat it. He has an insulated lunchbox, so you would think, “No, problem!”, right? Well, if you have purchased any of the varied shapes of plastic containers available, you know that those shapes and sizes aren’t necessarily made to fit with each other, much less with the wide array of available lunch boxes. Top that off with finding room for an ice pack or two after everything else is loaded. Oy! I’m always having to switch out containers or turn something on its side to make it fit. When it’s on its side, there is the risk of leaking. So, packing a tasty, nutritious lunch, while you are rubbing the sleep out of your eyes at 4 am, isn’t always as simple as it might seem.
Enter the Easy Lunchbox System. The molded plastic containers have three compartments, one large square that accommodates a sandwich or main dish and two smaller compartments for side dishes and/or desserts. The lids are easy to push into place, though they don’t have the typical *snap* sound we are used to as we seal a plastic container, AND the containers can move from freezer to bag, freezer to microwave, bag to microwave, etc. What a great way to pre-package lunches and store them neatly in the freezer for the week’s menu.
The Easy Lunchbox System has two major components which are sold separately — a soft-sided insulated lunch bag, in your choice of five colors, and wonderful three-compartment containers that fit perfectly into the supplied bag. Bags are only $7.95 each and a set of four containers is $13.95. I was immediately impressed with the thickness of the plastic food containers. After several purchases of name brand plastic containers that most of us are familiar with, I really appreciated that the Easy Lunchbox Food Containers are so much more durable. Of course, with normal daily use all hard plastics may eventually crack or wear out, but I am confident these containers will outlast the ones I have been purchasing at discount stores.
In testing them out, we found that three filled containers could be placed in the bag at one time. But what I was most excited about was the fact that I could include a sandwich or leftover lasagna or mac and cheese, along with some baby carrots or celery sticks and a brownie/cookies ALL in one container, pop the filled container into the lunch bag with an ice block to keep it fresh and still have room for a bottled water, juice box or can of pop! I love how much these kids’ lunch boxes can hold and still have room for an ice block to keep them fresh and cold. And everything fits without juggling.
The one drawback I could see is that the lids for the containers do not *snap* tightly to the containers. I understand that this is done so that they are easy for children to remove, however, it does not take too large of a jostle to pop the lid on these containers. When we filled the containers, placed the lids on and held the container upside down, there was no problem; but when we held it upside down and gave it even the slightest shake the lid began to come off, at one corner. This happened multiple times. In the case of my husband, who lays the containers flat in his lunchbox and puts it directly into his locker at work, this doesn’t pose a problem, but I do think, that if a child was not careful to keep his lunchbox upright, it would be easy to dump the container inside the bag.
Need some great ideas for yummy lunches? The EasyLunchboxes.com website has you covered. Check out 20+ great combinations for lunches that will make your kids happy and you confident that they are eating healthy, hints and tips for lunchmaking, and the EasyLunchboxes.com blog. You’ll meet the mom behind this ingenious lunch box system and learn even more to help your family eat well on a frugal budget.
You can purchase these Easy Lunch Boxes and plastic food containers at EasyLunchboxes.com. Packing lunches is a nutritious way to stretch the family budget and an excellent tool in your frugal arsenal! Thanks to EasyLunchboxes.com and Mom Spark Media, for providing a set in order for me to complete this review. Also, one lucky Busy-at-Home reader will win their own lunch bag and a set of four containers! It’s easy to enter and the rules are simple.
You must be 18 years or older and reside in the U.S. to enter. Deadline for entry is midnight (CST) on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010. The winner will be selected in a random drawing conducted at random.org.
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It’s that simple! You could be packing your lunches as simply, healthfully and efficiently as I’ve been able to, if you are the lucky winner. The winner will be notified and posted on this site on Monday, Sept. 20.I received a lunchbag and 4 plastic containers in order to complete this review. I was not paid to conduct the review and the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own. EasyLunchboxes.com and Mom Spark Media will also provide a lunch bag and set of 4 containers to the giveaway winner.