I don’t know about you, but I find the concept of making lunch in the middle of the school day annoying. I have to switch gears from teaching to cooking, and my brain doesn’t always move that fast.
So….. I’ve been working on making an informal list of homeschool lunches to make. Hopefully my list of homeschool lunches will help you out in your day too.
I’m gonna break this down into two categories: “main dish” and “side dishes.”
Main dishes for homeschool lunches (in the order I think of them)
- Kraft Blue Box Macaroni & Cheese or Annie’s Homegrown Shells & White Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese (I included the specific ones my kids prefer, there’s a big disagreement on which is better, with the twins on different sides for once).
- Cooked chicken breasts in bite size pieces- we often cook a few extra chicken breasts to have handy for other meals
- Grilled cheese- an oldie and a goodie, sometimes to be fun we’ll add in an unusual cheese like manchego.
- Spaghetti– I make my own sauce about once a month in a giant cook pot, and then freeze them in empty washed out Peanut Butter jars. I’ve figured out why buy empty canning jars when I have perfectly good glass jars to use.
- Sausage, cheese, and crackers- this is a HUGE hit with all 3. I give them 4 or so slices of each item, and when combined with a side dish, it’s a great meal (obviously bigger kids would need more).
- peanut butter and jelly sandwiches- why change what’s worked for decades? Though, I have been known to substitute honey for jelly from time to time.
- kolaches/pigs in a blanket– you know the mini-hot-dogs that are cooked in crescent rolls. If there’s a lot of German settlers in the area, it’s a kolache, if you’re anywhere else it’s a pig in a blanket.
- Muppet sandwiches– this is a special treat because it’s usually covered in chocolate chips or M&Ms
- left-overs- like I said, I often try to make dinners bigger than we need, so I can “cook once, serve twice.” I’m sure this will no long work once the boys are teens.
- cheese roll-up- This is just cheese on a tortilla and melted, Princess loves it. While the boys like:
- bean burrito- In our case it’s simply refried beans and some shredded cheese that’s heated up. There are of course more formal ways to do it. It’d be perfect for us if someone made an 8 oz. can of refried beans, because we don’t always make it through the whole 16 oz. can.
This is obviously not an exhaustive list, as I finished I thought of a couple of others, soups, and such stuff, but it’s meant to get you started.
Side dishes for homeschool lunches
- apples- our family loves honeycrisp apples, we eat them like crazy
- grapes- Batman loves red grapes.
- strawberries- I actually have to limit how many Princess can eat or she’d make herself sick.
- Teddy Grahams– or anything of that sort. These also double as treats sometimes.
- Fig Newtons– only 2 of my kids like this.
- string cheese
- cheese slices- we like to try different cheeses, and this is one way to sneak in new foods
- chips- I often have tortilla chips, but we have been known to get cheetos or Doritos from time to time. By the by, HEB (our local grocery store) makes excellent chips in store.
- cookies- on a rare occasion I’ll have cookies for them to have as one of their sides, we’re not a big sweet family, so it’s a special treat.
Again this is not an exhaustive list, just some ideas to get you started. What are some things you would add in for your lunches? I can always use new ideas to switch into our rotation.
And I would just like to point out that I woke up early this morning and wrote this whole thing. You may oohh and aaahhhh now.
For the next 10 Weeks I will be joining with many other fabulous ladies to create 10 in 10, 10 different lists and ideas for the next 10 weeks. I am really looking forward to some of these topics to see what everyone else comes up with. Come join us with your own interpretation of the 10 in 10.