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

Wednesday: PB&J

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

Wednesday: Spaghetti

Thursday:Meat & Cheese Sandwiches

Friday: Chicken Wraps


Monday: Homemade Lunchables

Tuesday: Pita Pizza

Wednesday: Fluffernutter Sandwiches

Thursday: Quesadillas

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:

Step by Step Guide to Meal Planning

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10 Reasons I Love Meal Planning