Thursday, May 31, 2012

Disposable Lunch

On Tuesday my daughter and her 3rd grade class made a trip to our local zoo. So of course she needed a lunch that could be thrown away when she was done. Since I never use paper bags or plastic baggies, I needed an alternative solution. I decided to use the plastic strawberry container that was about to make it's way to our recycle bin. You probably have these in your fridge or recycle bin right now too. The best thing is you can find them in all shapes and sizes and unlike paper bags, they keep the lunch from being crushed as well! We also used one of our Menchie's fro yo spoons. Menchie's is a great frozen yogurt place and the spoons are just too cute and nice to throw away,lol! To wrap her sandwich I used wax paper. Of course for a zoo trip we had to have animal crackers and I just put those in an animal themed cupcake liner.
For her sandwich she requested a tiger. Which was good because it is super easy! I used a cat face cutter and then some small candies for the eyes and a choc chip for his nose. I then used my food color markers to fill in the features and that's it!
I was also a chaperon for this trip and I did the same for my lunch but I made a salad in mine. I will also tell you that by lunch the kids with paper bags were trying to hold the bags together because the sweat from their cold drinks had made a hole in the bags and things were starting to fall out so the plastic container prevented that as well. As a bonus our zoo has recycling bins and we were still able to recycle the container and spoon too!


  1. That is awesome! I also bet she was able to start digging in to her lunch right away, while other kids were still getting help opening their Lunchables and individual serving size snacks and junk foods!

  2. What was the spoon for? Is that applesauce under the cookies? We had to pack. It- free, so instead of a PBJ, I did ham and cheese, and froze a yogurt tube (inside the box a day before, to make it freeze to the right shape.) then the yogurt thawed by lunch and kept her meat and cheese cool!

    1. One Cool Lunch6/4/12, 9:36 PM

      It was for some mandarin oranges, I forgot to take a side pic. I also froze her yogurt tube in the container the night before,lol! Great minds ;)

  3. Err nut-free (my phone went wild and wouldn't show me my text, so I was typing blind!)

  4. I am crazy jealous about that spoon though!
    And about the yogurt tube - how funny! We have great ideas! *wink*

  5. One Cool Lunch6/5/12, 8:17 PM

    I can send you a spoon or two. We have plenty,it's our fave fro yo place and right down the street!

  6. I am so excited that I found your blog! My daughter is in kindergarten this year and I pack her lunch everyday, she always wants the same thing--a ham and cheese sandwich--I would love to add some variety to her lunches. I am your newest follower!

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