Real Lunches, Real Easy! Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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1) Why do you have four versions of the meal plans?

The first, uber-popular Real Lunches, Real Easy school lunch meal plan was released in 2014. We created version 2 in 2015 and version 3 in 2017 to provide more variety for our existing customers and the option to bundle and save for new customers. Version 4 is new for 2018 and is geared towards larger appetites for teens, tweens, and adults (we heard you!).

2) How do I choose a custom combination of versions to buy? I don’t see what I want on the sales page.

This year we are only offering version 1, 2, or 3, or a bundle of all 4 versions. Existing customers may contact support{at}100daysofrealfood{dot}com with any special combination requests.

3) Which version(s) should I buy?

Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any or all of them…they each provide 6 weeks of meal plans for packed lunches with shopping lists, photos of finished lunches, and more.

The eBooks teach you a system that will have you planning ahead while holding your hand. Once the system is in place, so to speak, you’ll have recipes to make it completely doable. By buying two or more versions, you’ll get more weeks at a cost savings. There are different tips within the products along with new ideas, new recipes, and great inspiration.

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4) What’s in these eBooks? Can I see some sample pages?

You’ll find digital content including:
  • A process for organizing and packing lunches.
  • Tips for streamlining the process of preparing food for children’s lunch bags.
  • Ideas for tools to make the job easier.
  • Pantry items that are “real” food items that you may want to consider.
  • Tips on involving your kids in the kitchen/packing process.
  • Six (6) weeks of meal plans for kids lunches, including a few make-ahead meals. Includes a chart with lunchbox pictures to help you keep organized, shopping lists, and more.
  • Blank templates for you to keep the system going after the six weeks are over.

**All four eBooks have differing content, meaning that if you purchase multiple versions, you will have up to 24 weeks of unique meal plans for kids lunches.

There’s nothing like seeing for yourself, so click on the images below to view some full-sized sample pages.

5) How much are they?

Here are the options:

  • Real Lunches, Real Easy version 1, 2, 3, or 4  for $12 each – that’s just $2/week
  • Bundle all 4 versions for  $29 – just $1.21/week

These weekly prices are if you only use them once, but of course you’ll want to use them over and over again!

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6) Can I really use these meal plans?

Yes. You. Can!!! Really! In fact – read what some moms have said about Real Lunches, Real Easy!:

“I absolutely love the Real Lunches, Real Easy. I use the recipes on a regular basis,” Anne S.

“For weeks, my daughter (at the time a second grader) carried around ‘Real Lunches, Real Easy’ with her and showed it to everyone, and even took it to bed to read before going to sleep. The suggested lunches were starting points for our conversations about keeping our bodies healthy and although we adapted the meals to suit my daughter’s tastes and our family’s lifestyle, she would not have been so receptive had she not seen the meals so beautifully laid out in ‘her’ book. Many thanks for ending the ‘bought vs. brought’ debate!!”
Kim T.

7) My family has food allergies. How prevalent are nuts and eggs in these meal plans?

Nuts shouldn’t be that difficult to work around since they are optional in some recipes and the eBooks provide substitutions in others. Eggs are mostly in the baked goods, so if you are used to substituting there than you won’t have much trouble. But to give you a better idea, I counted the occurrence of nuts and eggs from Real Lunches, Real Easy (version 1).

Eggs:
Week 3 – 2 recipes
Week 4 – 2 recipes
Week 5 – 1 recipe
Week 6 – 2 recipes
Bonus – 2 recipes

Nuts:
Week 1 – 1 recipes + apple peanut butter sandwich
Week 2 – 1 recipes + celery with peanut butter
Week 4 – 1 recipe
Week 5 – 2 recipes
Week 6 – 1 recipe

8) Are these appropriate if my family/child(ren) is gluten-free?

One of my kids is gluten-free, so I’m quite familiar with the lifestyle. If you’re used to it, it’s absolutely doable. If you are used to doing it already, you likely have a good GF pasta or 1:1 flour replacement. I personally like Jovial GF pasta and Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 flour replacement, but whatever your preference is fine. Here are substitutions you can plan to make for MORE Real Lunches, Real Easy (version 2):

Week 1 – Sub GF bread
Week 2 – Sub GF 1:1 flour and sub for WW breadcrumbs
Week 3 – Sub GF pasta and sub for WW breadcrumbs
Week 4 – Sub 1:1 and GF pasta
Week 5 – Sub pasta, GF bread and 1:1 in recipe
Week 6 – Sub GF 1:1 and 2 recipes have WW flour within

9) What if my family/child(ren) is vegetarian?

From Real Lunches, Real Easy (version 1):

Week 1 – all meals can be vegetarian
Week 2 – One main dish that you make has chicken, but all meals can be made vegetarian
Week 3 – 2 Meals have meat (substitutions can be made)
Week 4 – 1 Meal has meat (can also do substitution here)
Week 5 – All meals can be made vegetarian
Week 6 – 3 meals have meat/fish; 1 additional has bacon which can be omitted

It should not be too much of a problem to make most meals vegetarian. You will need to substitute a few items, and Week 6 has the most meats/fish – but we think it is definitely possible.

10) How about dairy?

From Real Lunches, Real Easy (version 1):

Week 1 – 3 Meals have dairy
Week 2 – 3 Meals have dairy
Week 3 – 3/4 (4th is optional) has dairy
Week 4 – 4 Meals have dairy
Week 5 – 2/3 have dairy (3rd is optional)
Week 6 – 2 have dairy, but one can sub soy milk

Now … with all that being said, 2 of my 4 kids (Kiran speaking here) don’t like cheese, so I subbed/didn’t add this in for some of the meals. With some modifications, we do think it’s possible to make it work, but you’d have to go into it knowing that you’d be making substitutions/modifications.

11) Did Lisa write these meal plans?

This eBook is written by Kiran Dodeja Smith, part of the 100 Days of Real Food team. It is a product of 100 Days of Real Food and has tips and messages from Lisa Leake within, but it is not written by Lisa herself.

12) What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and, Discover through our Stripe payment processor. We also accept Paypal.

13) Can I purchase after August 24th?

We are contractually restricted from offering these products outside of a 2-week sales period each year. We typically stop advertising the sale but leave the sales page active for a day or two after the end of the sale for any late purchases, but after that, it’s closed. You can sign up for the wait list, though, and be notified when they are next available.

14) I live outside the US. Can I still purchase?

Yes, however your bank may charge additional fees.

15) Is a printed version available?

No, however the PDF is sized to print easily on standard 8.5 x 11 inch paper. Note printing on a laser printer will be much cheaper than an inkjet. Also see the support section below for information on all the ways you may view the ebook(s) as well as the print release if you need to have these printed for you at a print shop.

16) I don’t have a printer so how can I print?

You can try a public library, office supply store (like Staples or FedEx), or a local or online print shop. Please note you will probably need to show this Real Lunches, Real Easy print release before they will allow you print the copyright protected material.

17) How many kids will the recipes feed?

These meal plans are ideal for families with 2 or 3 children. Kiran often doubles these (and most) recipes since she has four kids. Version 4 includes larger portion sizes.

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Support FAQ


18) What is your return policy?

As these are digital products, all sales are final. If after reading the above FAQ you have a problem downloading your content, please contact us at support{at}100daysofrealfood{dot}com. See our terms of sale for more details.

19) How do I access my newly purchased meal plans?

During the checkout process, an account is created for you at https://learn.100daysofrealfood.com/, where you can access your downloads. A thank you email will be sent to the email address you used during checkout within a few minutes with a link to your account. You are also given the option to download on the screen immediately after checkout.

20) I need help accessing meal plans I purchased in the past.

Please email us at support{at}100daysofrealfood{dot}com with your request so we can verify your previous purchase and email you your PDFs. The more information you can send us the better, such as a forwarded sales receipt, email address used during checkout (or multiple if you aren’t sure which one you used), name, and even billing address. Note links in sales receipts from 2016 are no longer active, but again contact us and we’ll help you out.

Also if you’d like, we can provide access to all of the meal plan versions you have purchased in one place (https://learn.100daysofrealfood.com) upon request.

21) I still have a product question or need support with an order.

Please email us at support{at}100daysofrealfood{dot}com and we will be happy to help. Typical support hours are 8am – 5pm EST M-F, and we will do our best to respond within 24 hours.

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68 thoughts on “Real Lunches, Real Easy! Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)”

  1. I think I ordered the lunch menu last year, but I can’t find it anywhere. Is there a way to check?

    1. Kiran Dodeja Smith

      Hi Brenda,
      We are using a different platform to sell with this year, so I have no way of looking. I’d suggest searching on your computer for “ebook” or “RLRE” or “lunches”. HTH!

  2. Hi there, I bought the first book ($9) and I liked it so much that now I’d like to get the second one as well, do I need to pay $15 or is there a way to just pay the difference? Thanks!

    1. Kiran Dodeja Smith

      Hi Tania,
      If you want to purchase the two together, email me your receipt to kiran(at)100daysofrealfood.com and I’ll refund your first purchase. I’m so glad that you are enjoying it!

      Kiran

  3. I bought and downloaded the cookbook on my ipad but can’t print from there. So when I went to my computer to re-download so I could get my freebies, but the last page wasn’t in the download.

    1. Kiran Dodeja Smith

      Hi Keri,
      I just emailed you directly regarding. Please email me if you need any more assistance. Thank you!

  4. Are there any example lists of the types of recipes included? I’ve seen a lot of menus on the web that offer lunch ideas that are very simple and already things we do in our home. I’d like to know whether I’m genuinely getting recipes that are unique enough to our family to try new things and also things that would be kid approved in our home. It would be great to see a sample of even 4 or 5 of the recipe titles of what is included. Thanks!

    1. Kiran Dodeja Smith

      HI Kim,
      We are not providing samples, however this upcoming week Lisa will be providing images of the lunches that she is preparing for her kids; she is showing Week 1 of More Real Lunches, Real Easy. I’m hopeful that that will help you!
      Thank you for your interest,
      Kiran

  5. Hi. I just wanted to make sure these lunches can be eaten cold since my daughter’s school doesn’t heat foods. Thanks!

  6. Hi. I just wanted to make sure these lunches are made to eat cold since they don’t heat lunches at school. Thanks!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Megan. We do use a thermos to keep hot items, like mac and cheese, hot. If you prefer to keep them cold, that works, too.

  7. I printed the two books and do see where the freebies are detailed on page 59. However when I go back in the doc itself that page isn’t there to click on the links or anything.

    1. Kiran Dodeja Smith

      Heather,
      Email us directly at support(at)100daysofrealfood.com if you cannot access it. Make sure that the document is open and that you are not just previewing it.
      Thanks!

  8. I purchased the ebooks on 8/18 on my mobile device bc I was out of town. I went to download the books today 8/19 when i got home and the freebies are not on the last page of the ebook. How do I get the freebies? It was advertised if purchased within the 1st 48 hours the freebies would be available.

    1. Kiran Dodeja Smith

      Hi Margo,
      Be sure that you are looking on More RLRE, not RLRE. If you bought before the deadline, they will be on the last page.
      Thank you!
      Kiran

  9. Hi, I’m a big user of the blog recipes and have the 100 days of real food cookbook (and love them!). Are the recipes/tips in these books very different than those already available?

    1. I’m so glad you are enjoying the recipes and my cookbook – yes, the recipes in these ebooks are all different from each other and my book as well! There may be 2 or 3 repeats in the hundreds of recipes in all 3 books. I hope that helps :)

  10. I made the double book orchard on 8/18. The fax says the freebies are on the last page but they are not. Is there a different link or page?

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Heather. This is Kiran’s advice to a reader below: “Be sure that you are looking on More RLRE, not RLRE. If you bought before the deadline, they will be on the last page.”

  11. I purchased both ebooks on 8/18. When I downloaded them today, there was not a freebies page on the last page of the More Real Lunches ebook. Where can I find the freebies now?

    1. Kiran Dodeja Smith

      Hi Elizabeth,
      I am sorry, but you missed the cutoff date for the freebies … it was noon EST. You can probably email support@plantoeat.com and see if you can try out a month for free, though!
      Thank you for your purchase!

    1. Kiran Dodeja Smith

      HI Corina,
      The freebies are on the last page of More REal Lunches, Real Easy. Thank you!

  12. I just purchased the new ebook as I already have the other one. I seem to be unable to save it. Typically when I download a .pdf file I can go to file and click save as and go from there. When I do that with this file, it is blank. How can I save this to my desktop? Sorry to ask such a basic question.

    Also, I received an email from Kitchen Stewardship mentioning bonus items if I purchased today. Am I eligible for those by only purchasing the new book? If I am eligible, how do I receive them? Thanks.

    1. Kiran Dodeja Smith

      Hi Dawn,
      As far as the freebies, they are on the last page of your eBook.
      Downloading – it sounds like you are doing the right thing by clicking on it and trying to save it. Is that not working still? Did you see the info on the page above? If that does not help, please email Jason at jason(at)100daysofrealfood.com and he will help you. Thank you for your purchase!

      Kiran

  13. I purchased today on my phone (so I couldn’t download and save). The payment cleared my bank, but still no email. I was waiting for the email with a link so I could save on my computer. What should I do now? Thanks!

    1. Hi Nicole – I see your purchase and just resent the receipt (which should contain your download links) to your email address again. It’s probably in your spam/junk folder. Please do a search for “gumroad” to find it. If using Gmail you’ll want to search “All mail.” If you still have trouble please email kiran {at} 100daysofrealfood {dot} com. – Jason

  14. In regards to the shopping lists, are suggested brands included or just the generic item: “whole wheat pita bread,” for example?

    1. Hi Rachel – There are a few brand suggestions here and there, but typically generic terms are used. Most ingredients are whole ingredients so the specific brand won’t matter much, and of course availability of different brands varies with location. – Jason

  15. Hi, I love your cookbook but have to double and sometimes triple your delicious lunch box recipes for my 4 hungry kids (one of them is a boy who eats more than his sisters). . I’m tempted to purchase this because the shopping list and prep list is done ahead of time. But is this e-book geared for more than 2 small adorable girls? Thank you!

  16. Is it possible to see a sample or excerpt from one of the books? Pretty sure I need these but would mind a peak first. Thank you.

    1. Hi Tammy – Thanks for your question. I just updated the FAQ with this answer:

      No, however the PDF is sized to print easily on standard 8.5 x 11 inch paper. Note printing on a laser printer will be much cheaper than an inkjet. Also see the question “How do I view my ebooks?” below for information on all the ways you may view the ebook(s).

    1. Kiran Dodeja Smith

      Hi Mary,

      I updated the page above with stats on making it GF. One of my kids is GF … it’s absolutely doable. I’m assuming you have a good 1:1 replacement and also a good GF bread that you like? If so, it’s easy to adapt. Thank you!
      Kiran

  17. I already have a Plan To Eat year membership. Will I get an additional 4 mos added on, if I buy within the freebie time period?

  18. Is it possible to save this to more than 1 computer? Home (laptop) and work or home (laptop) and tablet.

    1. These lunches would honestly work for most adults as well. When I followed week 1 for my kids I was envious of the food they were getting!! You could always add an apple or hard boiled egg or one of the other recommended extras if you’re concerned it won’t be enough food. Enjoy!

  19. Can I purchase this as a gift for someone else? I would like to put her email address, but my payment information. Is this possible?

  20. Hi can you please send me the link to print the meal plan. I purchased it on 1/17/14. Never received a link. Thank you!

  21. Hi, I just purchased your meal plan last night as I did not want to miss out before it expired. I was not at home so I purchased on my phone using Paypal. I did quick look into my email to make sure I received something from you, which I did see it was there. However, today at home I went on my personal computer to get the email and it is gone. Can you please help me or refund my money? Thank You, Patti

  22. I’d like to add that schools are often asking that nut-free products not be brought into schools at all. I think a complete nut-free cookbook for kids might be best!

  23. So, I took the plunge and just purchased the pdf. I really hope this will work for us. My daughter is so picky with her school lunches and I’m just plain out of ideas.

  24. I just bought the meal plans and am so excited to try! One quick question though – how many lunches should I be able to pack based on the shopping list?

  25. What is the breakdown of recipes using cheese or dairy? My daughter is lactose intolerant so all of her meals need to be cheese free. We use soy milk at home so that can easily be substituted where regular milk is listed.

    1. Kiran Dodeja Smith

      Hi Natalie,

      Week 1: 3 Meals have dairy
      Week 2: 3 Meals have dairy
      Week 3: 3/4 (4th is optional) has dairy
      Week 4: 4 Meals have dairy
      Week 5: 2/3 have dairy (3rd is optional)
      Week 6: 2 have dairy, but one can sub soy milk

      Now … with all that being said, 2 of my 4 kids don’t like cheese so I subbed/didn’t add this in for the meals. So with some modifications, I do think it’s possible to make it work, but you’d have to go into it knowing that you’d be making substitutions/modifications.

      I hope this helps!
      Kiran

    1. Kiran Dodeja Smith

      Hi Anu,

      Here are your vegetarian breakdowns:
      Week 1: all meals can be vegetarian
      Week 2: One main dish that you make has chicken, but all meals can be made vegetarian
      Week 3: 2 Meals have meat (substitutions can be made)
      Week 4: 1 Meal has meat (can also do substitution here)
      Week 5: All meals can be made vegetarian
      Week 6: 3 meals have meat/fish; 1 additional has bacon which can be omitted

      I think that with a few substitutions, it would not be difficult to make this vegetarian, but truly there are 8 main parts of the meals that contain some meat or fish.

      Hope this helps!
      Kiran

  26. Hi,
    I don’t have a good home printer. Is there somewhere you would recommend printing it that doesn’t cost a lot of money? I called one place and they said they could not print it because of the copyright. Checked Staples, but it’s $30+ to print. Any ideas would help! Thank you!

    1. Try a local library. Our library system allows 25 color pages or 75 black and white pages free per week!

  27. If/when I purchase the eGuide, do I have the option of printing it at home? I like to quickly grab “cookbooks” or copies of favorite recipes instead of working off of my computer all the time. Thanks!

  28. My son has both peanut and egg allergies (baked goods are ok, but not hard boiled, scrambled or other “egg” recipes). I understand that the guide is not nut free, but I was wondering how prevalent peanut & egg recipes are in it? I’m ok with having to make substitutes for 3 or 4 meals, but don’t want to spent money only to find out that I can’t use 1/2 of the recipes. Thank you!

    1. Hi Ari,

      Great question. Nuts I don’t think would be that difficult to work around since they are optional in some recipes and the guide provides substitutions in others. Eggs are mostly in the baked goods, so if you are used to substituting there than you won’t have much trouble. But to give you a better idea, I counted the occurrence of nuts and eggs. Hope this helps! – Jason

      Eggs:
      Week 3 – 2 recipes
      Week 4 – 2 recipes
      Week 5 – 1 recipe
      Week 6 – 2 recipes
      Bonus – 2 recipes

      Nuts:
      Week 1 – 1 recipe + apple peanut butter sandwich
      Week 2 – 1 recipe + celery with peanut butter
      Week 4 – 1 recipe
      Week 5 – 2 recipes
      Week 6 – 1 recipe

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