Welcome to this edition of 4 Moms, 35 Kids: How Moms of Many Manage. This week we’re talking lunch. Since homeschoolers are generally home every day for lunch we have the ability to serve hot, homemade lunches to our children every day, in theory. It generally doesn’t work out that way in our home.
When I have a lunch menu planned out, we eat more of a variety of healthy foods and I’m not scrambling last minute to think of something to feed the eleven people who are home each day at lunch time.
We keep the same weekly menu plan until someone gets weary of the current one and decides to work up a new one. This gives us a standard list of groceries that we should have in the house and makes it easier for our family to eat within our food budget.
This also ensures that we don’t revert to our regular mommy-didn’t-make-a-lunch-menu eating plan which goes something like this:
The No-Plan Lunch Menu Plan
If I made whole wheat bread, we may have:
- peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
- tuna sandwiches
- egg salad sandwiches
- cheese sandwiches
If I didn’t make whole wheat bread but did make homemade tortillas, we may have:
- peanut butter and jelly tortillas
- tuna on tortillas
- cheese tortillas (or to make ourselves feel better we call them cheese quesadillas)
- tortilla pizzas
If we’re out of both whole wheat bread and tortillas we scrounge around in the fridge and eat whatever we can find and hope that everyone gets something.
This works, but the children and I are happier (and enjoy more variety) when we have a better plan.
Simple Lunch Menu Plan
Monday: Re-fried bean burritos with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, the world’s best homemade salsa and a side of raw veggies.
Tuesday: Tuna Charley and fresh fruit
Wednesday: Baked potatoes with chili and cheese and a green salad
Thursday: Peas and cheese salad from Sue Gregg’s Lunches & Snacks
Friday: Homemade Tomato soup and bread
Now it’s your turn to share your lunch menu and/or lunch recipes.
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