It is back to school time. Which means busy days for many of us. School days can be crazy days.
Breakfast early in the morning before starting your day. Packing lunches before school or the night before. A family and budget friendly meal on the table for dinner. And it all needs to be quick, easy, and at least semi healthy.
Whether you homeschool or your kids go to school, lunch time can be a hard meal to tackle because it needs to be quick, healthy, and filling enough to last the kids the rest of the school day.
You all know I love homemade, but sometimes you do what you gotta do. I have crazy days just like all of you. I have many crazy days actually. And I often use shortcuts.
I love homemade pudding, but back when we were remodeling our kitchen a few months ago, I bought quite a bit of premade quick and easy food.
I bought small individual apple sauce containers. I bought fruit bars and fruit snacks. I even bought a huge box of Snack Pack Pudding at Sam’s Club. And guess what. My kids loved them all. Yes, oh yes they did.
The pudding was a favorite. I had no idea my kids would find little store bought pudding cups so fun.
During those few weeks of construction, I learned that quick, easy, and make ahead has a time and place. We all need that sometimes. For school lunches, for travel, for busy days, and even for kitchen remodels.
Today I am sharing four of my favorite lunch ideas in a back to school lunch meal plan. I hope this inspires you with your back to schools meals.
Homemade Lunchables- Meat, cheese, crackers, fruit, and a cookie or Snack Pack Pudding
Freezer Smoothie (place this in the lunch box and it works as an ice pack and will be ready to eat at lunch time),Crackers, Cheese, and Banana Oatmeal Breakfast cookie (It says breakfast cookies, but it works great for lunches as well)
Cheesy Corn Dog Muffins, Apple, Snack Pack Pudding
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie (if your school is peanut free these can easily be made with any nut butter or sunbutter), Banana, Yogurt