They also have yogurts, apples, juiceboxes, and snack packs of pirate booty to pack; I just note here what I’ve actually made for their lunches. I get everything together for them on the weekends, and then during the week, they pack their own lunches, picking form what they know we have available. Sandwiches have been almost non-existent this year, because in their new school, they are allowed to use a microwave to heat up their lunch.
Jackie Lunches: pizza potato skins, I will also be packing apples for my own lunch
Monday: I had planned to throw something in the crockpot, but forgot! So we had leftovers/sandwiches from the weekend.
Tuesday: Peach BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with cheesy mashed potatoes I threw together; I had the innards all baked and ready to go after making my lunch potato skins. Sadly, while it smelled absolutely delicious, I think I had this in the crockpot for an hour or two too long, and the sauce/meat tasted really burnt. I’ll be giving it another try, but probably on a weekend.
Wednesday: a rare split menu, with ham slice, applesauce and Annie’s mac-and-cheese for the kids, green-bean bundles and breaded tilapia fillets for the husband and me. I decided to do this because I wanted to try this meal for myself before I made the kids try it (and hear them complain), and because I don’t like boxed mac-and-cheese!
Friday: homemade pizza night!
I made the potato skins, mini-pizzas and krispy-treats during the weekend to get ready for the week; cooking/baking ahead has probably been one of the biggest changes I’ve made in this meal planning journey, and one of the most helpful.
Two of the girls’ regular weekly activities are over for the year, so that has eased up my meal-planning schedule some, as there is only one day a week now where I won’t be home by 5, ready to start cooking. Lucy has ballet on Thursdays until June, so that will be my new easy/leftovers night!
- Mexican Black Bean Pizza (localkitchenblog.com)
- Five simple ways to makeover leftovers (savings.com)
- Pizza: Better-For-You Crusts and Toppings (wgno.com)
- The Awesome Lunch Box – Nutritious Recipes (everydayfamily.com)
- Creamy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham (afunfoodie.wordpress.com)
- Irish Corned Beef Potato Skins (challengeu2cook.wordpress.com)
- Man Food: Baked Potato Skins “Pepperoni Pizza” (yourmodernman.wordpress.com)
- (Sweet) Potato Skins (tgipaleo.com)