"I have decided that we are definitely creatures of habit. After years of stressing over a lunch menu with variety, our lunch menu has evolved into one of sameness."
I've talked about this topic in the past (HERE) and was fretting over feeding my kids a variety of things. I found great blogs on Bento's and other lunch ideas like cutting everything with cookie cutters. I also got this great recipe book called Funky Lunch that has really cute ideas for making sandwiches fun. While I love the book, my kids don't appreciate my artwork yet LOL
So, after reading what Kris does for lunch, I breathed a sigh of relief that I'm . .NORMAL! LOL
I thought I would share our "Rut" - maybe it will do for you, what she did for me . .. take away the silly "lunch" guilt!
Well . .lets start with the breakfast rut! . Recently I said to my husband, "I wish I was one of those moms who made breakfast every morning" to which he replied, "Than why don't you?" (A lot of help he was. ha!) Maybe in a few years when my kids get themselves up and dressed but for now, no way, no how! So our breakfasts consist of :
Sunday-Saturday: The boys have a Nutrigrain Bar. They LOVE them. Isn't that enough? Nate also has a serving of Cheerios or Kix cereal because he is so hungry in the morning. I have a mini-bagel with cream cheese or cereal normally. The only change to this is the weeks I bake bread, when we'll eat Banana Bread (or what ever I make) a couple of mornings :-)
Now, on to our Lunch rut:
Monday: We still do Muffin Tin Monday - This is our variety day - I'll make Cheese Tortillas, cut up cheese to go with crackers, or have hot dogs for the main part of the meal; fruit, crackers and a special treat like chocolate chips or a cookie. For myself - I have a Frozen meal depending on what is on sale or make a BLT if I'm using Bacon for something else in the week.
Tuesday: Grilled Cheese and Soup - The kids usually have Chicken Noodle and I have Tomato
Wednesday: Peanut Butter And Jelly, Fruit, Crackers for the Kids; I have Tuna or Egg Salad on little bread bakes.
Thursday: Mac and Cheese, Fruit, and Animal Crackers or Hot Dogs, Fruit and Crackers
Friday: Chicken Nuggets and Fries for the kids. I make a salad and use the chicken nuggets on my salad as well.
By having the same thing, it makes it easy to plan and shop each week! You might wonder where I got my "rut" ideas - basically, I have just picked the things that the kids love. We waste a lot less food this way. I'm sure that the lunches will change over time but for now, these work for us!
What do you serve for lunch?