August 25, 2018

Mmmm... Quesadillas

Mmmm...  Quesadillas!   So yummy!   And easy to make.  A perfect meal for kids who are looking for something a little different for lunch.   Start with a tortilla.   Then, smother it in cheese.  Now choose your toppings.   Anything goes.  Here's a list to get you started.  

bell peppers
ground beef
pepperoni / pizza sauce
black beans
avocado / guacamole
more ideas?  

So easy to make... Just place your the tortilla in a skillet.   Add cheese and toppings.   Place a 2nd tortilla on top.  Cook for a few minutes.  Flip.  Cook for a few more minutes.  Take it out of the skillet.  Cut into 6 slices.   Let it cool.   Now pack away in reusable containers for school lunches.   Easy-peasy!

August 23, 2018

Reusable Water Bottles

Staff and students at Jackman are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles to school.  They can be filled with tap water at home and then refilled at school if necessary.  Good news!  We now have 2 water refill stations at Jackman (and we're hoping for a third).  

Everyone knows that Toronto tap water tastes great.   It's clean too.  And best of all, it’s practically free.  

There’s no need to buy single-use plastic disposable bottles.  Reusable water bottles are best

Don't forget to label your water bottle with your name.  That way, if it gets lost (and hopefully it won't), it's more likely to be returned to you.  

August 22, 2018

Boomerang Lunch

Boomerang:  A small throwing toy specially designed to return to the thrower.  

Boomerang Lunch:   A specially prepared lunch that is sent to school and returned home at the end of the school day.  

Ever wonder why Jackman participates in the Boomerang Lunch program?   Let me explain...

Instead of ‘throwing out’ uneaten food at school, kids can save it to eat later. No waste.

Similarly, kids take home unwanted food.  This is done to spark a family conversation about food likes and dislikes.  Changes to lunch menus may be needed.   Less waste.

Food packaging is also returned home.   Containers can be washed and reused.  Some packaging can be rinsed and recycled.   Most packaging is disposable and should be thrown away.  It may be time for a family discussion about packing waste-free lunches.

As you can see, Boomerang Lunch is a great way to reduce waste.   100% eco-friendly.

August 18, 2018

Waste-Free Lunches and Snacks

We encourage Jackman families to pack eco-friendly lunches and snacks as often as possible.  Try to reduce the amount of garbage you make when sending lunches and snacks to school.  Here are some ideas to get you started...
  • Start with a reusable lunch bag.  Brown, paper bags lunches are so 1970.  Haha!
  • Place lunch foods and snacks in reusable containers.  Wash and reuse them over and over again.  And whatever you do, kids... don't lose them!
  • Bring water to school in reusable water bottles.  And kids... once again, don't lose them!
  • Send juice and other drinks in reusable containers too.  
  • Label lunch bags and containers with your child’s name so lost containers can find their way back home. 
  • Consider sending more homemade lunches and snacks.   They make less garbage.  Store-bought foods are often packaged in disposable wrappers.
  • By the way, new recipes are just a Google search away. 
  • You can also find great lunch and snack recipes in our very own blog,
  • Remember… fresh fruit is waste free, naturally.
  • Reuse Ziploc bags instead of throwing them out.  
  • Reduce the use of disposable wraps such as foil and plastic wrap.  They can't be recycled.
  • Pack reusable forks and spoons.  Just wash and reuse.  Simple.
Let’s make our school a waste-free place.

August 17, 2018

Re-inventing the Ham & Cheese Sandwich

Is your child tired of boring, old sandwiches?   Why not skip the bread?  Try puff pastry!  Here's a recipe for a Ham & Cheese sandwich made with puff pastry.  It will surely re-ignite your child's enthusiasm with this sandwich classic.  

Here's what you need:
  • 1 box of Puff Pastry Sheets (2 pack) 
  • 1 package of ham 
  • some cheese (choose your child's favourite) 
  • some mayonnaise  
  • 1 egg, whisked
Here's what to do:
1. Cut each pastry sheet into four squares.    
2. Fit 1 or 2 slices of ham on one side of each square. 
3.  Add the cheese on top of the ham. 
4.  Smear some mayo on the other side of the square. 
5.  Brush some egg on the edges.    
6.  Fold over the pastry.  Pinch the edges together to make a seal.  Tip:  Use a fork to pinch the edges. 
7.  Brush some egg on top of the sandwich. 
8.  Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 
9.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.  
Now all you've got to do is let them cool and pack them away in reusable containers for school lunches.   An epic waste-free lunch idea.    Your kids are going to love this lunch.  A new twist on an old favourite.  

By the way, you could use puff pastry to re-invent lots of lunches sandwiches.    Try chicken and pesto.   Or pizza.   Try turkey with veggies.  Or maybe a breakfast sandwich with egg, cheese and bacon.   The possibilities are endless! 

August 15, 2018

Chicken Pesto Sandwiches

It's nearly back-to-school time and you know what that means... school lunches!   Don't worry, we've got lots of lunch ideas to share with you. Here's a lunch favourite of my kids... the chicken pesto sandwich.  

Here's what you need:
  • ciabatta rolls or another bread
  • 2 cups of shredded chicken (cooked)
  • 1/4 cup of prepared pesto 
  • additional topping ideas: cheese, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, peppers (you choose)

Now, put it all together:
1. In a bowl, toss together chicken and pesto.   
2. Place on bread. 
3. Add cheese and/or other toppings. 
4. Top it off with more bread.  
Place this epic sandwich in a reusable container and you've got yourself an amazing waste-free, kid-friendly school lunch.   

Bon App├ętit!