My biggest goal for this school year was to be more creative and intentional about packing lunches.
I am proud to say that so far I have been pretty darn successful, granted we are only a month into it, but its the little things people.
I have mentioned many times before about my second borns food allergies and the challenges we face with processed foods. One of the main things that I struggled with for awhile was condiments. Pretty much any and all condiments are overly processed and filled with every single thing he is allergic to.
After spending way too much money over the years on ranch dressing, which is a beloved childhood favorite, I decided to take a chance on making my own. What I found out very quickly was that it is so much more delicious and easy to make. Most of the ingredients you use can be found in your refrigerator and spice cabinet making this an incredibly inexpensive recipe to try. Much more inexpensive than buying the organic all natural ranch for sure.
So, where I was going with the school lunch thing is this. Buy a container that has a bunch of little compartments. Spend what you may, but know I purchased mine at target for four dollars. I know they have all these fancy expensive ones that most bloggers swear by, but these work amazingly for us, and they are cheap enough that if your child forgets it you wont cry yourself to sleep at night.
The compartments make it more fun for them to eat, giving them a variety to choose from. And what I have found is that less truly is more. I give them smaller amounts but a bigger selection. Filling each compartment with fruits, veggies with a little ranch, proteins, and a treat. They almost always come home empty and I don’t have little kids begging for the gross cafeteria food. We will see if I can keep up with this as the year wears on, but I know right now we both are a little happier with lunches.
I hope my little snippet of school lunch wisdom has helped and please friends, enjoy.
Homemade Ranch Dressing
1 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
1/2 Cup Milk
1 Tablespoon White Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Fresh Dill chopped
1 Tablespoon Fresh Green Onions diced
1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
1/2 Tablespoon Onion Powder
1 Teaspoon Ground Mustard
1 Tablespoon Fresh Cracked Pepper
1/2 Tablespoon Salt
more salt and pepper to taste
Homemade Ranch Dressing
In a small container add the vinegar to the milk, allowing it to thicken up while you prepare everything else. In a medium bowl combine the mayonnaise with all of the seasonings and stir to combine. Next, add in dill and green onions and combine well.
Next add in the thickened milk and stir completely. Taste and adjust seasonings to your preference. Serve with cut up vegetables or your favorite salad. Store in an airtight container for about a week. Although I doubt it will last that long. Enjoy.
//original recipe and photos