I have always been a fan of packing J’s lunch, for many food related reasons. This year I am upping my game to strive for a waste free lunch as well. The sheer volume of plastic waste being created, each and every day, for consumer convenience is shocking.
Just a couple quick stats from EcoWatch:
50 percent of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away.
Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times.
The average American throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year.
The numbers are shocking, but what can we do about it?… I know that this can seem overwhelming to some, but a few little changes can go a long way!! I have had fun over the past few years getting creative with some of J’s favorite foods. I try to reuse a lot of the same ingredients to make many different meals. Doing this keeps the bill and stress levels low. I have also purchased a few products that make it easier too! Mighty Nest offers loads of products to help keep your lunches waste free.
On the Waste Free Lunch Menu Today: Pizza Quesadillas
A couple quick tips…
Layer cheese then toppings: This way when you fold it in half the cheese holds it all together.
Let them cool down before you cut: This prevents the cheese from oozing out the sides.
Do Not pack them warm: The trapped steam would create a pretty soggy quesadilla… No one wants that!
Keep some marinara sauce on the side: This way they can dunk them!!
I Love this Bento box. It helps keep all of the food separated.
I always add in some fruits and/or veggies. Buying a big bag of popcorn or pretzels is a Lot cheaper than the mini bags and helps with the waste free lunch factor.
Getting a quality reusable drink bottle is the last touch. No juice pouches or water bottles to throw out. Again buying bigger bottles of juice and/or water is Much cheaper.
Want to jazz up those carrots a bit?? Try out this fun idea!
Do you have any good tips to cut the waste?? Share them in the comments below!!
I like to make the quesadillas before the kids get up. Then they are cooling while I get them dressed. While they’re eating, I cut them up! Perfect amount of time to let them cool down!
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