Looking to break out of the (mac & cheese) box?
We asked our community of Idaho homeschool mommas
to share their go-to lunches for busy home educating families.
Here’s what they recommended:
Grilled cheese sandwiches with bacon
Mini pizzas on english muffins or bagels
Hot ham or roast beef sandwiches
Fried Egg Sandwiches
V8, warmed as soup (add Italian seasonings and sprinkle parmesan on top)
Pasta with jarred marinara sauce or pesto
Fish (it cooks quickly!)
Eggs and with sausage (pre-cook and freeze sausage for quick meals)
French toast, waffles, or pancakes (you can make extra and freeze them for future meals)
Muffins (an easy item for children to bake themselves) served with fruit and yogurt parfaits
Soup (save time by putting it in your slow cooker in the morning)
Bean and cheese burritos
Bean and rice bowls
Frozen veggie stir fry served over ramen noodles
Fried Rice (day-old rice fried in sesame oil with bacon, veggies, and eggs)
Bananas and peanut butter
Rice cakes with nut butter
Milk shakes made with almond milk, bananas, greens, and protein mix
Meat and cheese rollups (could cuts wrapped around string cheese)
Tortilla wraps spread with cream cheese and filled with lunch meant and veggies.
Wraps spread with peanut butter and cream cheese, and filled with sliced apples and a dash of cinnamon
Smoked salmon and cream cheese on Triscuits
Meat/Cheese/Cracker tray served with other finger foods like pickles, olives, sliced fruits and veggies
Veggies and hummus
Veggie boats (hollow veggies and fill them with various cheeses, like red bell pepper filled with cottage cheese)
Sardine salad (dump the sardines with their oil on top of mixed greens, add a squeeze of lemon juice, and any veggies you want)
Waldorf salad (cottage cheese, apple chunks, celery, nuts)
Strategically make extra dinner portions to be reheated for lunches.
At the beginning of the week, cut veggies to have available for quick lunch prep.
Make a set weekly lunch schedule. For example: Monday = mac & cheese, Tuesday = sandwiches, Wednesday = leftovers.
On Monday, make a crockpot full of something that reheats well (like Chicken Tikka Masala!) to use for lunches throughout the week.
Assign each child a specific day for making lunch for the family, that way mom can use that time to work one-on-one with another child.
Buy a rotisserie chicken or two from Costco and throughout the week add the chicken to pasta, sandwiches, salads, rice bowls, etc., then turn the carcass into soup.