When we made the decision to make the transition from public school to homeschool, I wanted to keep several familiar routines in place for my children. While my kids brought a cold lunch to school most of the time, one thing they both loved to do was look over the hot lunch menu.
Planning our lunches not only helps me at the grocery store, but keeps our daily schedule on track. If I had to stop and ask each kid what they wanted for lunch each day, I’d lose my ever-loving mind. Knowing exactly what we’re having for lunch saves me time, and allows the kids to know what to expect. It really works for us.
On our daily menu, I normally just list the entree. The kids typically have a fresh fruit or veggie with their meal, or something like a yogurt, cheese stick, etc. Typically when I serve sandwiches, they’ll also have a serving of pretzels or crackers. We keep the side dishes pretty simple.
My menu is simple, kid-friendly, and affordable, and hopefully it will spark an idea or two for you. Don’t homeschool? Check out my Brown Bag Lunch Ideas post, full of ideas to keep sack lunches interesting!
Monday: Pizza Bagels
Tuesday: Baked Potato Bar
Thursday: Pigs in a Blanket
Friday: Chili on Chips
Monday: Pita Sandwiches
Tuesday: Spaghettios, Cottage Cheese
Wednesday: Grilled Cheese Roll-ups, Tomato Soup
Thursday: Corn Dog Muffins
Friday: Chicken Noodle Casserole
Monday: Octopus Dogs
Tuesday: Bean & Cheese Burritos
Thursday:Meat & Cheese Sandwiches
Friday: Chicken Wraps
Monday: Homemade Lunchables
Tuesday: Pita Pizza
Wednesday: Fluffernutter Sandwiches
Friday: Chicken Noodle Soup, Whole Wheat Rolls
Are you interested in doing some menu planning for your family? You can check out my Weekly Menu archives and get a few ideas, or you can check out one of the following Menu Planning articles I’ve written: