I know that Angie, over at The Homeschool Classroom, recently wrote a great post about the educational benefits of lunch, but today I just want to talk about the food. 😉
It seems like every year, about this time, we get into a rut. Probably because our list of choices that everybody agrees on isn’t terribly long. Our regular favorites are:
- Chicken nuggets with macaroni and cheese
- Ham roll-ups*
- Macaroni and bacon casserole
- Quesadillas with Spanish rice and refried beans
Some occasional favorites (that I probably just need to put on the rotation) are:
- Sub sandwiches
- Tuna and crackers or tuna-stuffed tomatoes
- Homemade “Lunchables” (ham cut into rectangles and served with club crackers)
- baked potatoes with salad
I bought the nifty divided trays a year or so ago — partly to encourage myself to fill all the little sections with a healthy selection of meals and partly because they’re just fun. Unfortunately, these days, many of the little sections are more likely to be empty than to be filled with something healthy.
Someone posted on WFMW this week about pigs-in-the-blanket. Yum! But, I’ve got a kid who doesn’t like hot dogs. What’s up with that?? And, we could do spaghetti sometimes –it’s quick, easy and cheap — but I’ve got a kid who doesn’t like spaghetti. Seriously! These kids are un-American! I guess I could have alternates for them. That’s what I do for Brianna when we have the ham roll-ups. She doesn’t like them, so she eats Ramen noodles. However, I don’t want to put myself into the position of being a short-order cook while also trying to homeschool my kids. None of them like soup, so that’s out, but I do want to try BBQ stuffed potatoes, as I have recently fallen in love with them. Mmmmm!
I used to have a link saved to a blog called something like “More Than Peanut Butter and Jelly,” which showed lots of lunch ideas in pictures. It was for school/work lunches, but still a wealth of ideas and now I can’t find it. If anybody happens to know what I’m talking about and you have the link, I’d love for you to leave it in the comments.
What are some crowd-pleasing favorites at your house? I could really use some new ideas, so please, leave them in the comments section or blog about them and leave your link in the comments. I’d set up a Mr. Linky, but my feelings would probably get hurt if nobody signed up. 😉
*The ham roll-ups are so super-easy and a favorite with everyone except Brianna. I just place a couple of slices of ham on a tortilla shell and top with shredded cheese. Then, I roll them up, brush the tops with melted butter and bake long enough to melt the cheese. Once the cheese is melted, I usually turn on the broiler for a minute or two, just to get the ends crunchy…but definitely not anything even hinting of burnt or I’d be eating them all myself.
Don’t forget to leave your lunch ideas…please.