A streamlined lunch is a huge help in the homeschool day.
As you plan for your school year, it is so helpful to have a streamlined lunch menu. The menu should include items that are quick to prepare. Having a set lunch menu makes the day run more smoothly.
Why is it good to post your lunch menu?
I post my lunch menu on the fridge. Then, if my kiddos are ahead in their schedule they can begin to prepare what is on the menu. This is a huge timesaver for me. It is something I started when the kiddos were little. Even the littlest ones can help get lunch ready if it is easy enough!
What are some tips for designing a lunch menu?
We have a 5-day easy lunch schedule that we use all school year. This means that the kiddos get really good at following it! I try not to rotate it too much, or the ease of preparation is quickly lost.
Lunch isn’t the time to be particularly creative.
Doing a huge lunch preparation takes valuable time away from school. So, we’ve always kept to quick lunches that are easy to prepare and to clean up. At our house, we have our larger meal in the evening and that is where the variety takes place.
What might a streamlined lunch menu look like?
In the past, our menu looked like this:
Monday: Ground beef, chips, salsa, cheese, corn, mandarin oranges
Tuesday: Ham n’ swiss panini, apples with peanut butter, yogurt
Wednesday: PBJ’s, red grapes, cheese stick
Thursday: Tuna sandwiches, peas, applesauce
Friday: Rotation of frozen pizza, hot dogs, pot pies, or mac n’ cheese and pears and gogurt
What might a quick menu with some dietary restrictions look like?
Our current menu reflects the changing needs at our house to grain-free, gluten-free, low dairy, low sugar. So, this unfortunately takes a bit more time as you can see below. Without these restrictions, your menu will be much quicker to prepare!
Monday: Tuna with lettuce salad, mandarin oranges, cut up cheddar cheese
Tuesday: Rotisserie chicken, cut up apples, green bean steamer
Wednesday: Hamburger patties with cheese, salad with dressing, pears, baby carrots
Thursday: Salmon patties, cooked peas, peaches
Friday: Applegate Farms hot dogs, cooked crinkle cut carrots, pineapple chunks, cut up Havarti cheese
Try streamlining your lunch menu.
Consider having a streamlined, standard lunch menu at your house. Find one that works for you! Practice this summer. Then, see how much it helps during the school year!