sunshine7 wrote:But I want to venture into things like mini-quiches and home made chicken "nuggets". As I have a hard enough time getting everyone ready in the morning, I would like to prepare them and freeze them to make packing lunches speedy in the mornings.
My question: will I need to re-heat them before packing them?
The general theory is yes. What seems to work best is to re-heat them and then let them cool to room temperature before closing up the box. (So condensation doesn't occur.)
sunshine7 wrote:If so, what's the best method for nuggets? Would the microwave be suitable? Or should I put them into the pan? I don't really want to use the oven as it just seems like a waste of energy for such a small amount. I have an overhead grill under the oven. Maybe that would be a good idea?
It depends on the texture you want them to have when they are eaten. A microwave works fine if you aren't worried about the outer breading being crispy. If you want crispy outsides, either try heating them up in a frying pan or a small convection oven (we have a small one that sits on our counter). To heat up a full sized oven for a couple nuggets does seem like overkill!
sunshine7 wrote:Or should I just put them in cold (I would have fully cooked them before freezing).
This mostly depends on your kiddo - will she eat them this way? And, whether or not they have snough time to warm up to room temperature before she shows down.
Lots of parents put ice-packs and cooler-blocks in their kids' lunches. It's not always necessary - especially if there's only a couple hours between packing and eating. (It also requires some common sense about what you pack!) Some moms here seem to think that PB&J sanwiches will go "bad" if they sit at room temperature in a lunchbox for two hours - it just isn't true.