Friday, May 18, 2012

[tips and tricks] Lunch Perks

Tired of the same old lunch?  Sandwich.  Chips.  An apple.  A cookie maybe.

Portion cups.  Condiment cups.  Souffle cups.  Whatever you want to call them.  I [heart] them.
The two ounce size.

A few years back I discovered these mini wonders at my local restaurant supply store.  You simply must buy the coordinating lids, or you will regret it forever.  These little cups revolutionized sack lunches around our place.  My kids were past lunch boxes, so we needed something disposable.  Something to hold all those delectable dips and sauces that take lunch from "ho hum" to "out of this world". Or something like that.

Need some ideas? Here are some of the things we have put in our cups and the items that go with them.

  • Peanut butter and apple slices.
  • Peanut butter and crackers.
  • Peanut butter and celery. 
  • Salsa and tortilla chips.
  • Caramel topping and apple slices.
  • Dulce de Leche and a spoon!  (I kid.  Sort of.)
  • Nutella!
  • One word--FROSTING!  (goes great with graham crackers or cookies)
  • Salad dressing to go with your favorite salad.
  • Ranch dressing and baby carrots
  • Ranch dressing and cucumber slices.
  • Ranch dressing and grape tomatoes.
  • Ranch dressing and broccoli florets.  (I think you get the idea)
  • Fruit dip and strawberries.
  • Yogurt dip with pineapple chunks.
  • Marshmallow dip and grapes or melon chunks or bananas
  • Spinach dip with crusty bread or crackers.
  • Artichoke dip with bread or crackers.
  • Cream cheese and a bagel.
  • Chip dip and potato chips
  • Raspberry or honey butter with homemade bread.
  • Velveeta cheese and crackers.
I probably use at least one of these in every lunch that I pack.  Sometimes two or three.  I recently spotted these little cups and lids at WalMart.  Awesome.  Saves me a trip to the restaurant supply.

I was in no way compensated for this post by the plastic cup companies of the world.  I just love them.  Thought you might too.  You're welcome.


  1. Are they in the storage container department in Walmart? We use the small Ziploc containers for stuff like that, but they are still a little too big and I'd love to get a bunch of disposable ones. Thanks for the tip!

  2. They are in the aisle with the paper cups and plates. I just bought some this week. So, I am pretty sure they still have them.

  3. There's a chance you're qualified to get a free $100 Walmart Gift Card.


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