I just started working at a childrens camp. I am confused as to what I should pack for lunch. I used to just pack leftovers from the night before but not I will not have access to a micorwave or oven. I dont have a ton of time to make lunch in the morning so it has to also be quick and easy. Any ideas?
Kelly - I always bring leftovers from breakfast or what is in the fridge, and never heat them up. I just fill an empty almond butter jar with whatever (usually millet/root veg and beans or rice pasta/collards/advocado/olive oil - you have not lived until you mix an advocado with pasta! but thats off the point....) and if its been in the fridge by the time lunch rolls around its a tasty room temperature, and if I have cooked it that morning by the time lunch rolls around.....its a tasty room temperature! Try it - veggie food really tastes good at room temp! In the winter, I do the same thing but heat the food before putting it in the jar and then wrap a dishtowel around it to keep it from getting too cold. Sometimes it is still warm from the oven between the glass and the towel - or get a great thermos if you really have to have it hot!
I also work in a camp, and understand that it can be challenging to pack lunch. I usually make a salad, bring cut-up veggies and fruit, a sandwich or anything else that I feel like eating. I pack it in a cooler bag with frozen water or juice, and that stops it from spoiling in the summer heat. If it is something that won't spoil then you can just pack it up in reuseable containers and take it along without the need to "keep chilled."
Have a good summer!
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