I’m rethinking school lunches, in the past I’ve always made kid food for my girls: chicken nuggets, mac&chz, spaghetti with marinara, hot dogs, quesadillas, sandwiches, rolled up deli meat….then I’ve made a separate lunch for myself, something healthier. Often, I’d be too busy or stressed and I’d finish off what they hadn’t eaten and feel guilty about it. But this year I’m going to make a change. Lunches need to be three things, easy, cheap, and healthy. The kids are very wishy washy about not liking things, even if I’ve made things I specifically know they like, sometimes they won’t eat it anyway. So I’m going to stick to a simple soup, sandwich, or salad plan and if they don’t like it, I guess they’ll eat something else later.
I like the idea of soups because I can make it in my spare time and it will stay warm in the crockpot for when we get hungry. Also, soups are incredibly cheap. Beans are one of the cheapest and healthiest forms of food, and unlike eggs, they haven’t risen in price yet. I could give them toast along with it and skip the toast for myself. I could have a huge soup making day where I make several different kinds, then freeze them in gallon bags to pull out when we need them.
Hearty Two Bean and Lentil Soup (Darcie’s Dishes)
Jalapeno Chicken and Bacon Chowder (Darcie’s Dishes)
Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup (Darcie’s Dishes)
Cream of Cauliflower Soup
Our Favorite Soup (Briana Thomas)
With sandwiches, I will need to be careful with bread types so I don’t get too many carbs. I really like Joseph’s Lavish, but their are also several bread in a mug recipes that are low carb. Again, will have to make ahead in large batches, because lunch times are crazy times and I don’t want to put too much thought into it.
peanut butter and jelly
My kids really like making their own salads. I just have several things for them to pile on it and they choose what they like. Boiled eggs, olives, onions, bacon bits, cottage cheese, nuts..
and to finish this blog post, here is my journal entry from yesterday.
I am grateful for…
1. It’s nice having the girls do chores around the house.
2. My Sophia has been singing more, especially when alone in her room, this makes me think she might be happy.
3. My husband skipped his video games last night to sit with me. I love that he cares.
What would make today great?
1. I would love to go for a walk.
2. Eating supper together at the table.
3. Getting our homeschool done.
Daily affirmation. I am…a good reader.
Three amazing things that happened today..
1. we went on a family walk
2. supper together was fun, told round robin stories, lots of laughing
3. we’ve found a way to keep the dog off the trampoline
How could I have made today better?
I wish I had woken early to go for a walk and exercise.